Collective absolution without individual Confession has been introduced "as an experiment" by Archbishop Gregoire of Montreal. Four other Canadian dioceses have conducted similar trials, and a special commission is now evaluating the results.
Dr. Bezalel Narkiss, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has presented the "Encyclopedia Judaica" to the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine, built in the fourth century near Mt. Sinai.
Mr. Michael John Verey, chairman of J. Henry Schroder Wagg and Co., has succeeded Viscount Harcourt as chairman of the trustees of the Charities Official Investment Fund, which is run on the lines of a unit trust for the benefit of charities in England and Wales.
A new appeal was launched at the House of Commons on Mon day by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Entitled "Fulfil the Pledge" referring to the decision at last year's Labour Party Conference it was signed by more than 100 M.P.s and Trade Union leaders.
A National Study Weekend on the theme "School to Work" is being held from April 6 to 8 by the Young Christian Workers at Myddleton Lodge, Ilkley, Yorkshire. The total cost will be £5.40 (deposit £1 with balance in £1 instalments if desired: grant aid available.) A record number of more than 500 attended the fourth annual dinner dance of the Festival Committee of the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes at the Gresham Ballroom, Holloway, London. The principal guest was Bishop Guazzelli, Auxiliary of Westminster.
Real-life situations are outlined in a book. "Growing Faith," which is being produced for secondary schools in the Motherwell diocese. Pupils are urged to exhmine problems facing parents, pupils, priests and lay people, and reach correct con elusions.
The Papal Knighthood of St. Gregory has been confirmed on Dr. Thomas Heffron, of Ironville, Derbyshire, a general practitioner for 46 years, for his many years' service as Master of the Nottingham diocesan branch of the Guild of Catholic Doctors.
The principal speaker at the annual dinner of the Accountants' Christian Fellowship, the Rt. Rev. Stanley W. Betts, Dean of Rochester, said one difficult symptom of the present sickness of the world was that it was so full of contrasts compassion and cruelty, hope in the future, the pursuit of the occult, optimism and pessimism.
A Dublin-born Jew, Mr. Michael Mann, of Long Island, has been named "Irishman of the Year" by America's United Irish Counties Association. He is president of the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin, and head of the AFL-CIO labour Federation for New York.