Croatian Church talk
CROATIA's bishops last week called for new talks to restore peace in Bosnia and have called the Vance-Owen plan to divide the former Yugoslavian republic into ethnic enclaves "one of the positive solutions". The bishops also condemned "war crimes committed by both sides" in the new outbreak of Lighting between Croatian and Muslim forces.
POPE John Paul II welcomed Romania's first ambassador last week to the Vatican in 45 years a career diplomat who worked nearly three decades under the country's former Communist regime.
AN INDIAN archbishop warned that engaging in social action is difficult for Catholics in India because of mounting resistance from Hindu fundamentalists. Archbishop Raul Gonsalves of Goa, India, spoke about the plight of India's 16 million Catholics at the International Eucharistic Congress in Seville, Spain, held last week.
THE head of Ethiopia's 16 million Orthodox visited the Pope last week for the celebration of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ John Paul H told Patriarch Abuna Palos that the two Churches were embarked on the "journey towards full unity".
THE POPE called for US seminaries to do a more thorough screen of their seminarians in order to curb cases of sexual misconduct by clergy. In a speech last week, John Paul II said that priests who violate their celibacy vow bring tragedy on themselves and their victims.
TV and priest
A US TV station arranged for a male prostitute to meet a priest in a hotel room last month in order to "catch out" the priest.