THE CATHOLIC Bishop of Umtali, Bishop Donal Lamont, was admitted to hospital in Umtali, Zimbabwe recently after being attacked by an angry priest with a chair. Bishop Lamont, who was deported by Mr Ian Smith and returned to his diocese after independence, suffered from fractures to an arm and rib.
ARCHBISHOP JOSEF GLEMP, the Catholic primate of Poland, returned home last Saturday after visits to Rome and Paris, during which he had an important meeting with the Pope. The Archbishop met with vice premier Jerzy Ozdowski a few hours after his arrival. In a radio interview later he referred to the possibility of another meeting between himself, Premier Jaruzelski and Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa.
POPE JOHN PAUL H is to visit a Marian shrine at Colle Valensa, central Italy, on November 22 to mark the first anniversary of his second encyclical. The visit will be the first papal visit within Italy since the attempt on his life earlier this year.
THE POPE met a 35 year old farmer who had walked nearly 1,000 miles to the Vatican from his home in Spain. The farmer. Jose Ferrer Figuerol, took 49 days to complete the trip, and he was robbed of his sleeping bag and overcoat on the way.
GIRLS WHO have been exploited by factory owners in the Free Trade Zone in Sri Lanka are forming a solidarity group in an attempt to win better working conditions. The groups long term aim is to work out a safeguard to the rights of women workers in the area.
A NEW INSTITUTE of ecclesiastical studies is being built for English speaking West Africa. The institute, which has papal approval, is located in the diocese of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and will be opened in December of this year.
FOLLOWING Al APPEAL by the World council of Churches, Christian Aid has pledged £20,000 for the displaced and drought affected people in central and Southern Angola. The aid programme provides for food, seeds, blankets, tents, medicines, and agricultural tools, shortages of which have been described as critical.
DURING AN official visit, the Pope urged the Maltese Prime Minister, Mr Mintoff, to clear up differences between his socialist government and the Catholic Church. The Pope said that the Church in Malta "asks the freedom which is due to it."