CATHOLICS will join other denominations in a day long picnic celebration on Strawberry Hill, London, on September 6. Entitled "Together for Christ", the ecumenical event will include a United Act of Worship led by Church leaders in West London.
CHRISTIAN AGENCIES, including the Mission to Seamen, which works with seafarers, have asked for a trade boycott of Iraq and Iran or the withdrawal of ships from the Persian Gulf in order to end attacks on merchant shipping there.
Giving to the Pope
NEW ZEALAND Catholics must participate in Pope John Paul II's November visit, so that the Pope need not do all the giving, says the author of the visit's programme "Encounter with John Paul IL A Resource for Pilgrim Parishes".
IN AN interview with Vatican Radio recently, Archbishop Rivera Damns of San Salvador criticised an interfaith team aiding displaced families for being "badly prepared" and "reckless". The team was expelled from El Salvador by the government.
THE CATHOLIC University students in Minas Gerais, Brazil, are launching a rescue operation this month to save some of the hundreds of Amazon river dolphins trapped by irrigation channels.
CAROLINE KENNEDY and Edwin Schlossberg followed the standard Catholic norms for a Catholic-Jewish marriage, says Jesuit Fr Donald McMillan, the priest who presided at their wedding on July 19. The ceremony included a Liturgy of the Word, followed by the Marrige rite.
St Mark's Bar-B-Q
ST MARK'S Cathedral in Venice will no longer be used as the site for improvised dossers' barbecues. The city's new Councillor for Tourism, Christian Democrat Augusto Salvadori, has banned all alfresco midnight feasting from the cathedral's portico.
A KERRY-born nun, Sr Elizabeth Starken, was elected Superior General of the Presentation Sisters at a meeting of the Order held in London last week.
BISHOP DESMOND Tutu of Johannesburg visited China last week and preached in Shanghai at Bishop Ding Guangxun's Shanghai Community Church.
A CATHOLIC has been nominated for the Supreme Court in the US: Antonin Scalia, a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was nominated by President Reagan to replace Associate Justice William Rehnquist at the beginning of this month.
POPE JOHN Paul H has not authorised the aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite, to speak for him on the hostages in Lebanon, according to a Vatican diplomat who denied ruihours that Mr Waite would carry a letter from the Pope to the Moslem kidnappers in Beirut.
Sin's low profile
CARDINAL JAIME Sin of Manila, told a Hong Kong based publication this month that the church "should avoid the limelight" in the Philippines, although he stressed that the "church is involved with labour and farmers".
CARDINAL FRANCISZEK Macharski of Krakow paid a one-and-a-half day visit to Israel last week, at the invitation of Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek and Fr Dubois, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Hebrew University. The cardinal's visit focused on Jewish protest against the proposed Carmelite convent in Auschwitz.
THE POLISH Primate, Cardinal Joszef Glemp, returned to Poland last week after a visit to Italy during which he was awarded the Culture for Peace prize in the Sardinian town of Alghero.
CELIBACY IS a free choice priests make, Archbishop Francis Hurley of Anchorage, Alaska, wrote in a pastoral letter on celibacy last week. The Archbishop urged "open discussion" on the subject among Catholics and priests.