ban on Jazz Masses. Although this modern form of liturgical music is outlawed in the dioceses of Wurzburg and Cologne, it is to be permitted in Augsburg. Jazz Masses have also been allowed by Bishops in some North American dioceses.
RUMOURS are gathering strength in Vatican circles that Pope Paul will shortly announce a new consistory and create 15 new Cardinals. Although not confirmed, they are considered trustworthy as the Pope promised during the last consistory that he would create new Cardinals at the end of the Vatican Council.
It is pointed out that a new consistory would allow the Pope to carry out the reorganisation of posts which he hinted at in his last speech to the Council, and which is necessary to start off the reform of the Curia.
CANTON EXPLAINS. — A Communist Chinese newspaper published in Canton has described the ecumenical movement as a gigantic plot inspired by American imperialists. After enumerating differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. the Cantonese daily Yangcheng Wanpair concludes there is nothing "essentially" different between them.
The article continues: "The Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches are exploited by Western capitalist countries and are used as instruments for ruling their people and carrying out aggression against other nations".
EASING SHORTAGE—More than 30 religious communities in Madrid, including the Dominicans, Carmelites, Augustinians, Redemptorists, Franciscans and Jesuits, have changed their churches into parishes to ease the shortage of priests to serve the city's population, which has increased fivefold since 1939, to nearly 3,000,000.
NUNCIO TO INDONESIA.— Mgr. Salvatore Pappalardo, an official of the Sacred Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, has been appointed Titular Archbishop of Mileto and Papal Nuncio to Indonesia.
GUILD PLANS.—Vatican 11's decree on the Church in the Modern World will be the major pre-occupation of the Catholic Social Guild next year, the secretary, Mr. Bob Walsh, said this week. In January the Guild will puhish Citizens All, by Fr. Henry Waterhouse, SI, a study guide to Pacem in Terris, Pope John's peace encyclical. VON GALEN STAMP.—West Germany is to issue a stamp commemorating Cardinal von Galen of Munster, a strong opponent of the Nazis, who died in 1946.
PRIEST'S FELLOWSHIP. Fr. Edward J. Mulvihill, director of education in the archdiocese of Adelaide. is one of 48 Australians awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship for study abroad. He will spend 10 months in Britain, Europe and America. He will studyparticularly the use of radio and TV in education.
GAOLED BISHOP. — Pope Paul has praised the example and inspiration of a Maryknoll bishop who is serving a sentence of 20 years in Communist China. Bishop James E. Walsh was sentenced to 20 years in 1958. The Pope's message, sent on the 50th anniversary of his ordination, said: "You have given a splendid example of true priestly fidelity".
PAPAL SCHOLARSHIP. Kerala University has decided to award an annual scholarship to a poor student from funds donated by Pope Paul in commemoration of his visit to India last year. It will be called "His Holiness the Pope Scholarship".
SHOES OFF. — St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral at Dunedin, New Zealand, has made a new rule that women must take off their shoes at the chancel steps before going to the altar rail. The rule was adopted because a carpet there used in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of the Queen had begun to show signs of wear from women's heels, BLOWN OFF AIR. — The Catholic sponsored Pius XII radio station in the Siglo Veinte mining area of Bolivia has been dynamited for the ninth time. The latest explosion, attributed by police to Communists, wrecked the station's recording facilities and has caused an indefinite suspension in broadcasting.
MARIANIST AWARD. — Fr. Cyril 0. Vollert, S.J., Professor of Dogmatic Theology at St. Mary's College, Kansas, was named to receive the 1965 Marianist Award given by the University of Dayton for outstanding contributions in the field of Mariology. It will be presented on January 22, the 1 16th anniversary of the death of Fr. William Chaminade, founder of the Marianist Orders. IN AMERICA, two young Catholic pacifists, James Wilson, 21, and Kathie Sullivan, 22 (see picture above) began a fast in St. Joseph's Cathedral, Manchester, New Hampshire, in protest against restrictions imposed on three priests who spoke out against the war in Vietnam or were involved in Civil Rights activities.
Kathie was persuaded to leave next day by her father. John stayed fasting for three days until a priest asked him "if he realised the harm he was causing the Catholic Church".
RULES RELAXED. — T h e congregation of the First Baptist Church at Reidsville, North Carolina, has voted unanimously to drop from the church constitution a ban on dancing and cardplaying, It has been in force since 1909, although not strictly applied for many years.
PRIEST HEADS COUNCIL. A Catholic parish priest at Chico, California, Fr. Victor O'Shaughnessy, has been elected president of the local Council of Churches. He is one of the first priests in America to head what is predominantly a Protestant council.