US HEALTH OFFICIALS have shut down an unlicenced cafe in New Haven, Hartford, run by a man who posed as a Catholic monk. The cafe, called the Wandering Monk's Guild and Bakery, was run by Denys Dormier, who has in the past pretended to be a Benedictine, a FranciScan or a Trappist.
Right to preach
POPE JOHN PAUL Il has defended the right of the Church to evangelise, tempering Catholics who place a priority on the interfaith process. "Dialogue is necessary, but it will never replace the Christian's primary duty to preach the Gospel and seek out conversions."
AN OPINION POLL in Austria has claimed that one in seven Catholics are considering leav
ing the Church over accusations that Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer of Vienna engaged in homosexual acts with students when he was a seminary director 20 years ago.
CATHOLIC AND POLITICAL leaders in India have appealed for peace in the beach village of Vizhinjam, in the southern Kerala state, after a Christian/Muslim riot left two Muslims dead. Bishop Maria Soosa Pakiam of Trivandrum led condemnations of the incident.
POPE JOHN PAUL It met the Syrian foreign minister Farouk Al Shara'a last week to consider ways to promote "peaceful co-existence" between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the region. Talks are thought to have focussed on the Syrian army's continuing presence in Lebanon and sensitivities over the future of Jerusalem, where Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin this week froze plans to seize Arab land.
Puppet to priest
ERIC ANDREWS, WHO worked on the production team of Jim Henson's television puppet show The Muppets, has become a priest. He chose the Paulist order because of its work in communications.
CARDINAL JOSEPH Rittzinger, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned that the Pope sees his crusade against individualism and for family values as similar to that of his long campaign against communism, during an interview in the Italian daily Avvenire this week.