MARGARET SMART, Director of the Catholic Education Service, told religious experts at a conference on Religious Education held in London last week that "to be religiously literate" is an essential part of growing up as an informed citizen.
BENE MERENTI MEDALS were awarded to two parishioners of Our Lady's, Palace Fields, Runcorn in Liverpool last week. Chris and Margaret Weedall were honoured for their 18 years of dedicated service to the Church.
A TALK SHOW ON the Millennium may be broadcast from the Vatican next week when Sir Peter Ustinov hopes to capture on the television screen Pope John Paul II, the whole diplomatic body to the Holy See, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, President of the Committee for the Holy Year.
CARDINAL BASIL HUME Will
preside over the close of the ecumenical scheme, The Great Banquet, on Pentecost Sunday, 4 June, at Westminster Cathedral, at 8pm. The London-wide event aims to create an opportunity for the Churches in London to take an active role in encouraging the many communities they live with to come together for an exchange of ideas
THE CHRISTIAN SOCIALIST
Movement, which claims Tony Blair among its members, will be the first organisation within the Labour Party to debate the Party Leadership's proposed replacement for Clause IV at its 35th AGM tomorrow at All Saints Church Margaret Street in London beginning at 11 am.
THE MARISTS Sisters
confirmed this week the closure of Fulham Convent Schools in I.ondon and announced that the Order is trying to find alternative schools for the pupils. Already over 40 pupils have been registered by Si Catherine's Catholic school in Twickenham.
ARCHBISHOP DEREK Worlock of Liverpool will launch a new interpretation of Vatican II entitled "To Live is to Chartge"on 3 April at 3pm at Vaughan I louse in London. The booklet is aimed at those enrolled in Religious Studies in Sixth Form colleges, seminaries, colleges of education and parish adult education groups. The booklet is the latest offering from the National Project of Catechesis and Religious Education of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
One year on
THE cp,1101,, INSTIlt rrE for International Relations (CI1R) held a conference on "South Africa: The Year Since the Elections and the Year to Come" yesterday in London. The Presentation was given by Fr Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, MP, the Former SecretaryGeneral of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference, and currently an ANC MP. Fr Smangaliso is a former political detainee.