THE HUNGARIAN government has agreed with the Vatican on the return of churches confiscated under communist rule. It is the first East European country to do so. Fr Laszlo Lukacs, spokesman for the Hungarian bishops, welcomed the move. "It signifies an interesting change in attitudes, and broadly speaking, church leaders are satisfied," he said.
THE US ambassador to the Vatican, Raymond L Flynn, has been speaking about his four years service in Rome. Ambassador Flynn, said that he had often found himself "between a rock and a hard place". He is the first US ambassador to the Vatican to represent a President who supports legalised abortion.
Antenatal tests ARCHBISHOP JAVIER Laozano Barragan, has confirmed that antenatal testing is morally legitimate only if it is placed at the service of life and used either to permit early treatment or provide essential information of the newborn. He condemned the trend for testing to be used for "selective and eugenic aims" to allow for the abortion of children with an abnormality.
Bishops bite back
US BISHOPS have weighed into the report on female ordination published this month by the Catholic Theological Society of America. Bishop James McHugh said it was "decidely unhelpful in building up the faith of Catholics". Bishop Myers denounced the report as "permeated with the implication that it is the role of theologicans to sit in judgment on the teachings of the pope and the magisterium".
A SAN MARINO stamp, depicting a portrait of Mother Teresa, has been voted the best Christian Stam p of 1996 by the Christian Philatelic Society. The design was based on a photograph taken by Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida.