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Missionary attacks

says its missionaries continue to face death threats and intimidation in the Philippines. A statement released at the end of last month by the headquarters of the Passionists said one American missionary had been killed, another attacked and a third threatened with death in the past 14 months. The statement said many lay workers and missionaries have been branded as communists by members of the Filipino army. "This is part of an easy political practice or painting one's opponents as extremists," the Passionists said.

A ROME-based order FOR the second year in a row Christian Aid's income has beaten all previous records. Over £28 million was raised in 1988-89. a 26 per cent rise from 1987-88. Emergency appeal income grew by over £4.5 million to nearly £11.8 million, due in part to simultaneous appeals for Sudan, Bangladesh and the Caribbean. Large donations were also given for aid in Armenia and Cambodia.

FR GEORG Sterzinsky, VicarGeneral of the diocese of ErfurtMeiningen, has been nominated as Bishop of Berlin. He replaces Cardinal Joachim Meisner who was appointed Archbishop of Cologne last year. Fr Sterzinsky has spent nearly all his working life in Thuringia, in the southwestern part of East Germany.

MEXICAN Archbishop Adalberto Merino of Chihuahua has warned political parties in his northern state against fraud in this month's elections. Ile told Mexican reporters that the Church will speak out forcefully if the civil rights are violated through election fraud favouring the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

BISHOP John Li Xiling of Chengdu, one of the first bishops of China's governmentapproved Patriotic Catholic Church which has no links with the Vatican, has died of a brain haemorrhage. The 79-year-old bishop of Chengdu was elected in December 1957 only months after Chinese-Vatican relations *ere formally broken.

THE supreme court in Latvia has "rehabilitated" 94-year-old Cardinal Julijans Vaivods, who was sentenced in 1958 to two years imprisonment for writing "anti-soviet" books. The books in question are to be returned to the Cardinal, now head of Latvian Catholic Church. Cardinal Valvods is the oldest Catholic bishop in the USSR: he was ordained as a priest in 1918, after studying at the Catholic seminary in Si Petersburg in Russia (now Leningrad).

SOME 3,000 Czech Catholics gathered in Prague at the weekend to demand freedom of religion. They were celebrating the 90th birthday of the leader of Czechoslovakia's Catholic primate Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek.




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