INDFVS hishops are hoping Pope John Paul II will visit their country in 1980 or 1981. A spokesman for the standing committee of the Catholic bishops' conference of India said the bishops had formally invited the pope. A final decision on the visit will have to be made by the ‘'atican.
fHE COMPROMISE reached last week in the conflict between the Vatican and Prof Hans Kung has not solved the fundamental issue of whether the Church is to abandon its "ghetto" mentality, Prof Kung said last week. The rebel theologian has been allowed to stay on at Tubingon university in West Germany but the Institute of Ecumenical Research which he leads has been separated from the theology faculty.
FORMER American President Richard Nixon is "a man with a passion for peace . he lived like a great man not like a had man", lord Longford told a meeting of the Challoner Club in London last week. Lord Longford said that "no one now supposes that Nixon promoted the break-in at Watergate" which led to his downfall. Nixon's book "The Real War" is to be published in Britain by Sidgwick and Jackson, Lord Longford's publishing firm. • A 12th CENTURY fotertlation charter of Westminster Ahhey is to stay in Britain for at least three months to give public collections in the UK the chance to buy it before it is sent abroad. The decision to keep the charter in this country was taken by Mr Norman St John-Stevas, Minister for the Arts.
A CALL to all Christians to use the enforced leisure resulting from the Trade Union Congress' planned 'day of action' on May 14 for "prayer and waiting on God" went out last week from the Evangelical Alliance. The Alliance said: "If the trade unions hope to bring Britain to a standstill on May 14, we would like to bring Christians to their knees".
INTERPRETERS will be on hand in Westminster Cathedral at the midday Mass this Sunday to help deaf people follow Cardinal Hume's homily.
A SP ECIA I. parliamentary committee has been set up in Egypt to look into the grievances of the country's Coptic Christians. The move is an attempt to defuse the crisis in relations between the government and the Coptic Church which has arisen because of alleged harassment of Christians by Muslim extremists. It follows a meeting at the weekend between President Anwai Sadat and 13 Coptic MPs.
A 24-HOUR sponsored chant by the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge ended at St Nlichael's Church at 9am on Sunday after running through all the Liturgical hours, psalms, offices for the dead and St .John's Passion. 1 he event will raise £600 towards a visit to a Gregorian chant centre in the South of France where the Schola has been invited to sing hy the French government.
THE attempted murder of Turkey's ambassador to the Vatican last week was strongly condemned by the Pope on Sunday. Mr Vecdi Turel was shot in the chest and arm by Armenian urban guerrillas as he was on his vvay to his office in Rome. The Pope described the shooting as a "vile, predatory act" and "a frightening expression of modern barbarism," Mr Turel accompanied the Pope on his visit to Turkey last November.
THE former Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was one of 14 prominent political prisoners who "disappeared" while In custody in July 1979 and who have not been heard of since, Amnesty loturnaliumial said this week. The Patriarch, Abuna Tewoflos, was deposed and detained in 1976. An Amnesty International representative said that they had decided to publish the names of the missing persons "in the hope that international publicity ma) protect them, if they are still alive."