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Rome approves new calendar

AFTF.R ALMOST a decade, the Vatican has finally approved the revised National Calendar for England.

The new calendar, which celebrates the life and witness of the English saints, upgrades the feast of St George to a solemnity and gives a special feast status to the Patrons of Europe.

However, the National Proper, the prayer text to go with the new National Calendar, has yet to be approved.

Archbishop Bowen, president of the Bishops' Conference, has asked all the dioceses in England to harmonise their next year's Ordos with the new National Calendar.

Welsh dioceses are exempt from the new provisions. Preparation and approval of a proper Calendar for Wales, together with diocesans calendars for the Welsh dioceses are due to be submitted to the Holy See in both English and Welsh languages.

Plea for refugees to return home

CATHOLIC aid agency Cafod has urged the Indonesian government to allow more than 100,000 refugees to return their homes in East Titnor.

It is estimated that 130,000 people are still living in camps in Indonesian West Timor — year after violence devastated the island paradise following a vote in favour of independence.

It is believed that people are being held against their will in the camps.

Catherine Sexton, Cafod's East Timor officer, said: "More pressure must be exerted on the East Timorese militia and ex-collaborators who are preventing the remaining refugees from returning home."

Indonesia's parliament last week voted to grant immunity to senior military figures involvd in the slaughter on the island and to ban retrospective prosecutions for crimes against human rights violations in the former Portuguese colony.

Lindisfarne celebrates Celts THE HOLY Island of Lindisfarne will host a week-long celebration of Celtic Christianity between August 26 and September 3.

Worship, concerts, workshops, theatre and shows will feature at the Weaving the New Cloth for the Millennium 3 festival. Specialists in Celtic Christianity like Ray Simpson and Ian Bradley will give seminars and training in Celtic Christianity will also be on offer.

For details and booking information call 01289 389222

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