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Ethiopian protest

THE next demonstration on behalf of the women political prisoners held in Addis Ababa (Catholic Herald December 11) will be held outside the Ethiopian Embassy on International Women's Day, Tuesday, March 8.

THE Society of St Vincent de Paul has applied to the Minister of Agriculture to become an official organisation for the distribution of beef and butter to those who need it most. At present only bodies that can prove their capacity to discern genuine need for the Economic Community's surplus food are allocated butter and beef.

PLAYWRIGHT William Douglas-Home is rumoured to be seeking a pardon for a courtmartial incurred 44 years ago when he refused to join in an attack on the German-held Le Havre because an offer by the German commander to evacuate civilians had been turned down. Mr Douglas-Home was reportedly sentenced to a year's imprisonment with hard labour for refusing to join the battle.

AN ornamental stained glass window in the crypt of the 12th century St Ethelreda's Church in London has been replaced following a break-in last September when a thief on the run from nearby Hatton Garden smashed through one window and attempted to smash his way through another before being apprehended. Craftsmen from Goddard and Gibbs Studios had to reconstruct the window with only a small photograph to guide them.

THE Irish in Britain Representation Group are calling for a St Patrick's Day march on March 17 for justice for the Irish community, the release of the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

THE 1988 Tawney Memorial lecture, sponsored by the Christian Socialist Movement, will be given by Tony Benn on March 19 and will be called "The Moral basis for the Radical Left — The Only Way Forward For Britain". The Christian Socialist Movement founded by Lord Soper in 1960, will hold its annual meeting after the lecture.

THE Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) has launched its sixth Lenten Campaign to raise Scottish awareness of how land issues affect the poor. They hope to equal last year's campaign when over a quarter of a million pounds were raised, which were then used in relief and development projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa.




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