Bishop de Rescnde, the outspoken Bishop of Beira. has pledged himself to establish a dialogue between all men of goodwill in his Mozambique diocese. lie appealed to all clergy, religious and laity to start this work on a local level at once, so as to bring Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox and Moslems--"all devout adorers of the same God"—closer together.
Metropolitan Nikodim of Minsk, head of the Russian Orthodox Church's external Church affairs department, has this week visited the tomb of Pope John, where he Left a tribute of flowers. He was accompanied by the Swiss Bishop Charriere. who recently met him in Moscow, and Mgr. Willebrands of the Christian Unity Secretariat. The Metropolitan had a private audience with Pope Paul. He is one of the Russian observers at the Council.
Catholic leaders in Alabama and throughout the United States have voiced grief and outrage at the bombing of a Birmingham Negro church when four young girls were killed. Archbishop Toolen of Mobile-Birmingham issued a pastoral declaring that "we must all get down on our knees and in deep humility and contrition ask God for forgiveness for those who did this shameful act." He has given money to help the victims' families. Auxiliary Bishop Duriek of Birmingham attended the funeral of the dead girls and denounced the "eruption of satanic hoodlumism". Archbishop O'Boyle of Washington sent his sympathy to Dr. Martin Luther King for the grief of the Negro people Fifty of the 82 items on the U.N. General Assembly's agenda deal with subjects specially dealt with in Pope John's last two encyclicals. They include religious toleration, racial discrimination (with special reference to South Africa and Vietnam), nuclear stockpiling land reform housing, family and child welfare, political refugees, and the extension of international law.