FROM A ROME CORRESPONDENT ATENTATIVE programme of Pope Paul's visit to the Philippines and Australia was issued by the Vatican on Monday. He will visit Manila from November 27 to 29, and on November 30 will fly to Sydney, where he will stay until December 3.
The journey, first announced by Pope Paul in May, will be the first made by any Pope to the Far East or Australia. The Vatican said the programme outlined was only tentative, and the details "are still being worked out."
A possibility is that he will fly one way by the Pacific route, becoming the first Pope to circle the world.
NO EXACT TIMES The Vatican announcement, which gave no exact times, said the Pope's programme included: November 27. Morning: Artiste! in Manila and Mass in the cathedral for the local clergy. friars and nuns. Afternoon: Visit to President Ferdinand E. Marcos and meeting with other civil authorities.
November 28. Morning : Attendance at a conference of the Catholic bishops of Asia. Afternoon: Concelebrated Mass for the ordination of a number of new priests from all over Asia.
November 29. Morning : Ma:SS for the people of Manila, visit to the Catholic radio network, Radio Veritas. message to Asia and conclusion of the bishops' conference. Afternoon: Ecumenical meeting with leaders of other denominations and visit to a district of Manila,
November 30. Afternoon: Arrival in Sydney and Mass in the cathedral for the local clergy. friars and nuns.
December 1. Morning: Attendance at a conference of the Bishops of Oceania. Afternoon : call on Federal authorities and Mass marking the 200th anniversary of the dis. covery of Australia.
December 2. Morning: Tour of charitable organisations and Mass for the people of Sydney. Afternoon: Call on New South Wales authorities and ecumenical ceremony with leaders of other Christian denoniinations.
December 3: Mass for missionaries.
The announcement did not give the times of the Pope's departure from and return to Rome, It said that "in line with existing practice" the Pope would stay at the Vatican diplomatic missions in both Manila and Sydney.
New head of Vatican observatory
POPE PAUL has accepted the resignation of Fr. Daniel O'Connell, S.J., as Director of the Vatican Observatory. He is succeeded by Fr. Patrick Treanor. S.J.
Fr. O'Connell will continue
at the Observatory, which is attached to the Pope's summer villa at Castelgandolfo, in the Alban Hills outside Rome, for a short time and then live in Rome. He has been director for 18 years.
The Pope visited the Jesuit community who run the observatory this week and made a most affectionate and moving speech about his personal regard for Fr. O'Connell and appreciation of the great work he had done.
Fr. O'Connell, who was at
the Jesuits' observatory attached to Riverview College, Sydney, Australia, for 30 years from 1922 to 1952, before coming to Rome, will continue as President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Fr. Treanor, 50, was edu cated at St. Ignatius, Stamford Hill, London. He has a doctorate from Oxford University in solar physics and was elected a research fellow of Balliol College in 1953.
He was a staff member of the university's observatory.
Ransomer's walk to Walsingham
TWENTY-TWO men set off -1on Saturday from St. Anselm and St. Cecilia's Church, Kingsway, London, to walk 121 miles to Our Lady's Shrine at Walsingham, led by Fr. Anthony Stark, Master of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom. They will reach Walsinghant at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
A relic of Blessed Philip Howard, due to be canonised next month (lent by Bishop Cashman), was carried by each pilgrim in turn.
Fr. Stark announced at the Saturday Mass that Ransomers had sent him over £4,000 in Novena offerings.