Russian Orthodox believer, Tatyana Shchipkova, aged 52, has been released from a labour camp on completing a three-year sentence, Keston College, the English-based centre for the study of religion in communist lands said last week. She had been sentenced for allegedly assaulting a militia man during the searching of her flat in 1979. During her imprisonment she was denied treatment for advanced glaucoma which theatened her eyesight.
The process for the beatification of Padre Pio, the Capucein stigmatist who died in Italy in 1968, will be opened on March 20.
May in Milan
MILAN, the largest archdiocese in Europe, with a population of five million, is to have a visit from the Pope in May.
Right to sue
THE New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that four nuns have a right to sue Bishop Odore Gendron of Manchester for deciding not to renew their leaching contracts at a parochial school.
THE RISK of damage to Vatican art works shipped to the United States for a tour are minimal, according to Walter Persagati, secretary of the Vatican Museum. Persagati said art masterpieces must he widely seen and enjoyed despite risks, in an article in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican daily, he responded to criticisms in Italy that the works risked damage because of the shipping involved to make the tour.
POPE JOHN PAUL II spoke in nine languages about peace, world hunger and Christian -unity recently to more than 20,000 young people, called to Rome from Western and Eastern European countries by the ecumencial community of Taize, France, for a Worldwide Pilgrimage of Peace and Reconciliation.
ELEVEN nuns and a laywoman were given five-day suspended sentences and placed on six months' probation after they pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful entry for a protest demonstration in the Capitol rotunda on December 2 against U.S. aid to FA Salvador.
JUST days after racial disturbances erupted in the city, Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy of Miami issued a pastoral letter saying that Catholics and the community at
large cannot escape responsibility for continuing racism and its effects on society.