MOTHER MARY of the Incar. nation Guyart, a 17th century Ursuline nun is to be beatified by the Pope on Sunday. A French widow, she joined the Ursuline Order and sailed for Canada on a prompting from God. There she founded a house and lived in poverty for 33 years helping settlers and Indians. On the same day, Pope John Paul will beatify the American Indian ('aterina Tekakwitha; Giuseppe de Anchieta, the founder of Sao Paulo; Pietro de Betancur, a Canadian missionary in Guatemala; and Francois de Montmorency-Laval, the first Bishop of Quebec.
FR Vladislav Zavalnyuk has been barred by the Council for Religious Affairs in Moscow from serving any Catholic parish in the USSR, according to the V4'esit I;crmarl Catholic news agency, IV NA. He had his licence to serve as priest in Moldavia withdrawn in December and has now been told he must "go and herd cows".
FOUR priests have been arrested in South Korea since the military take-river in the spring. The local human Rights Association said the areests were in connection with the new government's "cleaning up process" amongst opposition politicians. It said about 1,000 poeple had been arrested, though no legal charges had been laid before them.
ENGLISH Christians have joined in asking the President of Taiwan for clemency after the sentencing of Dr C. M. Kao, general secretary of the Preshvterian church in Taiwan to seven years' imprisonment on charges of helping a fugitive charged with sedition.
MEMBERS of the Catholic Committee for the Defence of Believers' Rights in Lithuania have been subjected to more searches and harassment, according to Keston College, the centre for the study of religion and communism. Keston reported that two priests, Fr Alfonsas Svarinskas and Fr Sigitas Tamkevieius had been warned that they could he charged with' anti-Soviet propaganda.
A 42-hour vigil to pray and reflect on British attitudes towards immigration is to start at St Margaret's church, Westminster on Sunday. Its sponsors, who include the ('atholic Commission for Racial Justice and the British Council of Churches, are hoping it may encourage a new mood and lead to a "more rational and humane" immigration policy.
CANADIAN television companies have agreed to screen a 30 second film clip against racism produced by the archdiocese of Toronto but all but one have refused to accept another with an anti-abortion message. One company said: "The subject matter is contrary to the programme policy of the Canadian Broadcasting Company for public service announcements."