THE church's proposed new Catechism for the Universal Church must be radically supplemented and corrected, according to a statement last week from the bishops of Switzerland. Fr Roland Trauffer, secretary of the Swiss bishops' conference, said that the bishops had proposed far reaching and specific changes to the section on the living faith in the draft document. Greater attention should he paid to the splendour of God's law and its place in the life of the christian, Fr Trauffer stressed. The consultative period on the draft catechism ends on May 31.
Cardinal Trinh Van Can, archbishop of Hanoi, died of a heart attack this week at the age of 69. Cardinal Van Can, who entered the priesthood in 1949, was elected cardinal of the Vietnamese capital city in 1979. He was responsible for the founding of the Vietnam Episcopal Council the following year.
AFTER a break of 42 years, the Vatican and Romania restored diplomatic relations this week. The announcement on May 15 followed a visit by Vatican officials to Romania earlier this month and the repeal of laws restricting the activities of the Catholic church. A statement from the Vatican expressed the hope "that future relations between the Holy See and Romania may always be inspired by a fruitful cooperation". Ambassadors have still to be exchanged.