CAFOD, CiiRisriAx Ain and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) have called on the Government to increase overseas aid particularly in the area of long-term development. In a report sent to the Treasury and MPs of all parties this week, the agencies urge the Government to affirm that poverty reduction is the aid programme's number one priority.
A REDEMPTORIST PRIEST, Fr Anthony Hodgetts, is to serve Merseyside as its newest Ecumenical Officer. Fr Hodgetts, who will take up his post in July 1995, will coordinate the joint projects which Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool and the Anglican Bishop David Sheppard continue to pioneer in the Merseyside area.
TONY BLAIR, THE Labour Party's new leader, held his victory party at Church House last week. Mr Blair is a devout Anglican. His wife, Cherie, is a Catholic.
Had a ball
year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of foundation and the 200th year at its present site came to a spectacular close on Saturday 16 July when 500 former pupils, parents, Jesuit and lay staff and friends attended a Centenaries Ball at the Lancashire college.
CHURCHES IN Birmingham are advising against the establishment of "zones of toleration" for prostitutes in the city. Following a fact-finding visit to Amsterdam and Utrecht last February, the
three Joint Presidents of the Birmingham Council of Churches issued a report this week opposing the current proposal for an area where prostitution is legalised.
A TWO-DAY-OLD girl was found on the steps of a presbytery in Bolton, Lancashire.
THE NATIONWIDE Lent 94 project, "Have Another Look", sponsored by the Council of Churches Britain and Ireland, may have resulted in 1,000 new churchgoers, according to findings published this week. The "recruitment" campaign, which involved a number of Christian organisations, was based on 9,600 packs and 20,500 books used in group discussions with a focus on the Christian faith in everyday life.