Peers and Pope
THE LABOUR peer, Lord Houghton of Sowerby tabled a question in the House of Lords, asking on what grounds the Government dissuaded the Pope from including Northern Ireland in his pastoral visit to the United Kingdom in May. In a written reply last week, the Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington said the Pope had been invited to pay a pastoral visit to the Catholic community in Britain by the Catholic bishops in England and Wales and in Scotland. "Her Majesty's Government were not involved in these arrangements," he said. "I understand that the hierarchies did not suggest to the Pope that he should also visit Northern Ireland."
THE NEW Archbishop of Birmingham, Maurice Couve de Murville, was consecrated yesterday by the Apostolic proNuncio, Archbishop Bruno Heim. Assisting him were Archbishop_ Lustieser of Paris and Bishop Christopher Butler, the new Archbishop's former headmaster at Downside.
Music for Poland
A CONCERT for Poland is being given at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London, this evening by the English Concert (Director, Trevor Pinnock). They will play four of the Bach Brandenburg concertos. Proceeds go to the Food for Poland Fund and Medical Aid for Poland.
THE Focolare Movement is organising an ecumenical conference for British and Irish Christians in Rocca di Papa, near Rome, from April 12 to 18.
TRAMPS and vagrants will no longer be imprisoned for begging and sleeping rough. The Government is to bring in an amendment to abolish this sanction for certain offences under the vagrancy act.