THE AUXILIARY BISHOP Of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, has been appointed to succeed Dr Joseph Cassidy as Archbishop of the Irish diocese, it was announced this week.
THE VATICAN HAS announced, in its annual report, published this week, that Pope John Paul U donated about £3.5 million in 1994 to relief and self-help projects in the Third World
Priest shot dead
A GUNMAN Thar dead a Catholic priest in his church last week as he prepared to celebrate early morning Mass. Fr Jean Struillou was shot several times in the sacristy of the Saint-Gabriel Church in a slum area of Paris.
Test tube fury THE BIRTH OF AN Italian baby two weeks ago has outraged the Vatican who have condemned the way in which a man's sister gave birth to the child using an egg from his dead wife's womb. Vatican newspaper L'Osservature Romano said that to produce babies in such a manner was "unreasonable and wrong".
THE BISHOP OF THE US'S
largest Episcopalian diocese has shot himself at his Boston home. The body of Bishop David Johnson was found in his flat last week. Friends say that the bishop had not appeared depressed.
THE DAY SET FOR the formal internment of the remains of the last Russian Tsar and his family may be postponed due to the state prosecutor's office refusing to conclude formal identification, Orthodox sources revealed this week. The date originally planned had been 5 March, the Russian Orthodox "Day of Mutual Forgiveness".