IS MGR Kieran Conry heading for pastures new or pastor new? The director of the Catholic Media Office is due to step down from his post in January just as Archbishop Cormac MurphyO'Connor is seeking a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster. Could Mg,r Corny, who has the overwhelming support of the National Conference of Priests, be a frontrunner for the job? Or will he be pipped at the post by Mgr Arthur Roche, general secretary of the bishops' conference and former spiritual director to the English College in Rome? And what about Mgr Adrian Toffolo, who, like Archbishop Cormac, is also a former rector of the college, the "bishop. making factory" of England and Wales?
THE DIVERSE worlds of John Paul II and John Paul Gaultier collided when the Vatican staged the Jubilee of the Fashion World. The event was celebrated within a month of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, Pithi Immagine, and the Jubilee General Secretariat sitting down together It began with fashion gurus reflecting on such problems as child labour, wastefulness and lewd advertising. The next day, 2,000 people attended the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia, next to the Vatican, where the Fendi sisters, Laura Biagioui and Raffaella
Curiel, were seated in the front row, and confessionals were full up. Later, the Pope told 50,000 pilgrims: "Try to transmit love of beauty. In order for this to happen, you must always be inspired by healthy moral principles, which are the patrimony of every authentically human culture. May your work raise the spirit to the One who transforms life's efforts into joy." He then received delegations, including Mario Boselli, Gaettano Marzotto, Pino Lancetti and Gai Mattiolo.
But what about Linda Evangelista and Kate Mass?
tia! You can take the lad out of Swinton, but you can't take Swinton out the lad. Congratulations to Salford's Fr Geoff Hilton for making headlines in the sports section of The Daily Telegraph for his achievements as a rugby league referee and professional crown green bowler, as well as a footballer and badminton ace. The Burnley-based priest was apparently interviewed while "tucking into his pasty, chips, and mushy peas, washed down by a half-pmt of bitter". Only half a pint? He can't be a true northerner, then.
ALLEGEDLY, the Archbishop of Birmingham recently visited Rome where he gave a pep-talk to English College students temporarily decamped at the Irish, Portuguese and American
colleges, and advised them to play a full part in the lives of their adoptive seminaries — with the exception of the American, the biggest in Rome and the most disciplined. Indeed, it is a rule for seminarians there to wear Roman collars during lectures and to practice traditional devotions. They also wear black bomber jackets emblazoned with the words Pontifical North American College and their heraldic device.
It is likely to be the jackets, rather than the collars, that will catch on with the English students. But what colour, I wonder? Surely not pink.
— Martin Marprelate