St Peter's slump
THE FACADE of St Peter s in Rome may be crooked by as much as a metre, the Vatican announced last Thursday. Engineers renovating the 115-metre-wide facade of the great basilica say computer measurements have revealed that one side is a metre higher than the other. The facade of St Peter's was constructed at the beginning of the 17th century by Carlo Maderna on the orders of Pope Paul V. It is not yet clear whether the discrepancy is a slump that has occurred over time, or was part of the original design.
GERMANY saw a significant rise in the number of candidates for the priesthood last year. 235 men entered seminaries in 1997, an increase of 53 on the previous year.
OLYMPIC SKATER Tara Lipinski has credited her gold medal in the Japan Olympics to the intervention of St Therese of Lisieux. Lipinski, 15, became the youngest women's figure skating champion in history last week.
THE-POPE is to beatify a popular Nigerian Priest and meet with the heads of Nigeria's military government when he visits Nigeria this March.'The Pontiff will also meet leaders of the Nigeria's Muslim Community.
Ecu Summit LEADERS of the Christian Churches in Europe met in Rome last week to discuss the future of ecumenism in the 21st century.
SOUTH AMERICAN and US bishops joined forces in Dallas this month to elaborate new models of catechesis and evangelisation for the American continent.