WORLD peace and human suffering were discussed when veteran diplomat Henry Cabot Lodge was granted an audience by Pope Paul on Saturday. the day before the American left Rome for Washington.
This was the second meeting between the two men since June 3rd, when Mr. Lodge was appointed by President Nixon as a Special Envoy, re-establishing official links between the U.S.A. and the Vatican for the first time in 20 years.
Neither Mr. Lodge nor Vatican officials would divulge what subjects were discussed between the two men. The American Envoy would only say that they had talked about "things to do with peace and things to do to alleviate human suffering in the world." He declined, however, to say whether Vietnam, the Middle East, or the plight of the victims of the Pakistan tidal wave disaster were specific topics.
The 62-year-old former ambassador to South Vietnam, and leader of the American delegation at the Paris peace talks, spent one hour and 25 minutes in the Vatican. But officials refused to say how much of this time he spent with Pope Paul, or whom else he saw.
Mr. Lodge's visit took place exactly one week after the Pope's return from his Far Eastern trip, during which he made renewed appeals for peace in Vietnam, and which
included a brief stop in East Pakistan. It also took place on the day during which the Pope was to have conferred with President Tito of Yugoslavia This visit, which would have been the first to the Vatican made by the head of a Communist state, was postponed.
The American envoy was to report to President Nixon on his return home.
Anglican Church taken over
AFTER six years' negotiations, the Anglican Church of the Holy Name at Oundle, Northampton, has been transferred to the Catholic diocese of Northampton. The sale folows an official declaration by the Church Commissioners under the provisions of the 1968 Pastoral Measures Act that the church, built in 1878, was redundant.
The price for the transfer was the nominal one of £1,500 although repairs are expected to cost f I 0,000.
Until recently the Catholic congregation had been worshipping in a hall formerly owned by Baptists. Fr. Paul Casapieri, the priest in charge, said the church would be renamed as the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus.