Direct action against race bias
CATHOLICS throughout the 1/•-•4 United States have been urged to take part in "direct action movements" against racial discrimination. This step was taken last week by the National Catholic Conference for Inter-racial Justice in Chicago.
The conference specifically asked Catholic organisations to include non-discrimination clauses in their construction, supply and service contracts, and called for desegregation in seven Catholic dioceses that still have segregated school systems.
"I nsti t ii tional cautiousness in race relations." it added, "is not consistent with the demands of justice and love."
Out of politics VIEXICO'S Catholic Action IVA organisation this week publicly declared that it was "not a political party". Its statement added that "to uphold the rights of religion does riot mean to engage in party politics."
'Hie national moderator of the organisation, Mgr. R. Corona, added that Catholics "must unite over and above political parties."
Observers regard the statement as significant because of a current split between the Marxist and other factions in the Ruling institutional Revolutionary Party. The Church has continually sought to remain outside the controversy, in which anti-clericalism is a strong factor.
No Rome trip
JLJAN PERON, former ArgenOnion president, will not have to go to Rome to be freed from his 1955 excommunication, a Vatican spokesman said this week.
He was commenting on reports from Spain that Peron had been freed from his excommunication, which was imposed for having ordered the expulsion of two prelates from the Buenos Aires Archdiocese.
The spokesman pointed out that, since Peron was no longer a Chief of State, his excommunication could be raised privately by a priest.
Anglican praise ANGLICAN bishop David Chellappa of Madras has saluted Pope John as "father to all Christians", and the Catholic Archbishop, of Madras as "father of all Madrasis".
He was speaking at a reception given in honour of Archbishop Mathias, S.D.B., of Madras and Mylapore, at which several nonCatholic leaders were present.
"Our Christianity," he added. "goes back to Rome via Canterbury. Rome is now the only patriarchate to remain in Christian hands. The Pope is Papa, Father to all Christians, and His Grace represents him in Madras."
CAPE TOWN Catholics have started "Operation Understanding" —house to house visits involving a census of Catholics, attempts to bring back the lapsed, and offers of friendship to non-Catholics.
FORD FOUNDATION has made a 00,000 grant to the International Labour Organisation for training courses and research in labour-management problems in developing countries.
JAPANESE IMMIGRANTS in Brazil will have the services of two Japanese Franciscan Conventuals, Fr. R. Matsuo and Fr. S. Santo, who completed their studies in
England and Italy last summer.
FIRST ANNUAL JUBILARIAN DAY observed in the archdiocese of Omaha, USA, last week was attended by 175 Catholic couples, all married more than 50 years ago.
POPE JOHN ha• s named Fr. J. Kurpas titular bishop of Orisa and Auxiliary bishop of Katowice in Poland. He will be 51 next Thursday.
ARCHBISHOP • RODRIGUEZ. QUIROS of San Jose, Costa Rica, has opened the new John XXIII Social School to train labour and farm leaders
MALTA'S CA• THEDRAL METROPOLITAN CHAPTER donated a £100 cheque for an unemployment benefit fund raised by the Church in the island.
CRUCIFIX in a monastery in Florence has been identified by Dr. Margaret Lismer as a longlost work of Michaelangelo.
FR. D. FIRE, 0.P., 1958 Nobel Peace-Prize winner has received more than £5,000 from a fund run by the Irish Committee of the Father Pire Fund. Part of the money will help Irish handicapped children.
PROTESTANT CLERGYMEN applauded Pope John's decision for the presence of non-Catholic observers at the Council during meetings held by Archbishops .McCann of Cape Town and Garner of Pretoria in Cape Town this week.
BISHOP POHLSCHNEIDER of Aachen. Germany, issued a pastoral letter to the 7,000 Spanish workers in his diocese, urging them to practice their religion and to visit the diocese's Spanish Centres.
PORTUGAL'S PARISHES began Lent with a Sunday Mass campaign. The slogan: "No Sunday without Mass, nor Mass without Communion."
VOCATIONAL TRAINING in Spain is run by 303 centres which give specialised training in secondary schools, trade schools. women study centres and accelerated training for adults.