KESTON College, the study centre for the monitoring of religion in communist lands, has noted that several of the 51 prisoners released last week by the Soviet authorities were serving jail sentences for religious offences. However, Keston added that there were two notable exceptions from the list of those released Alexander Ogorodnikov, Russian Orthodox Christian and founder of the unofficial "Christian seminar" movement, and Russian Orthodox deacon Vladimir Rusak.
Jesuit expelled FR John McNeill, a member of the Society of Jesus for 38 years, has publicly announced that he has been dismissed by the Vatican from his order. Fr McNeill refused to obey a ban on his teaching or preaching on the subject of homosexuality.
LADY Antonia Pinter and her playwright husband were amongst a group of celebrities who released 8,000 black baloons outside the US Embassy in London this week to mark the launch of a War on Want appeal to aid Nicaragua.