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Pretoria bans newspaper

The newspaper of the Anglican Church in South Africa, Seek, has been banned by the government as an "undesirable publication".

The newspaper's former editor, Tom Bishop said in London this week that the ban was "quite futile" since the issue involved was distributed in April, and the South African Publication Board only issued their prohibiting order last month.

This is the first time that the official Anglican publication has come under government attack and the move is seen us a warning to its editor to moderate its contents.

The government gave no reason for its order, but discussion of Marxism could well be to blame. One article saw Marxism as a judgement by God on the church, saying: "It could be that the Marxists are allowed by God to scourge us with scorpions when we quailed before the whips of a so-called democratic government."

Mr Bishop said: "These sentiments may well be too prophetic and too close to the bone for the average complacent white Christian in South Africa. and certainly for the rank-and-file members of the Dutch Reformed Churches."

• The prime goal of the Roman Catholic Church in Zimbabwe is to show people of different political persuasians that Christian unity is more vital than vested interests, the Archbishop of Salisbury, the most Rev Patrick Chakaipa said last week.

A year ago, the Archbishop led a delegation to Lusaka and saw the two externally based nationalist leaders.

"We expressed our views and urged them to come together and talk," he said. "We have repeatedly and publicly called for peace based on just conditions in our country for everyone."

The Catholic Church is in its centenary in Rhodesia, Last Sunday a concelebrated Mass was held at St George's College, Salisbury and another was held in Bulawayo.

Next Sunday a national commemoration Mass will be held at Fourth Street Convent in Salisbury.

The first Catholic missionaries arrived in Matabeleland, on August 23, 1879. Today there are over 600,000 Catholics, making it the largest Christian denomination in the nation. CATHOLIC clubs in West Yorkshire are helping the LIFE organisation to promote its pregnancy care service. Last year the clubs' West Yorkshire federation made LIFE its good cause of the year and the proceeds — 100 — were presented to Mrs Mary Connor, LIFE's Yorkshire representative, at a function at St Francis' Club, Morley, near Leeds.


THE VENEZUELAN Bishops' Conference, which ended last week, has committed itself to tackling three main areas in the future — the problems of human rights, illegal aliens and social action for the poor. The social action programmes will include more C'atholic schools, vocational training and co-operatives in poor areas. President Herrera of Venezuela has encouraged the bishops in their plans.

BISHOP Paul Reding of Hamilton, Alberta, has signed an agreement with the Canadian government hr which dioceses will be able to approve schemes for sponsoring refugees by parishes and organisations without having to go through the immigration office each time. He said he hoped that "much red tape will be minimized in any application for sponsorship".

FATHER Leoneto Vieira De Rego, the 63-year-old Salesian missionary, has described East Timor, Portugal's former South East Asian colony invaded by Indonesian troops in December 1975, as being under military occupation, "exactly as Europe was occupied by Nazi Germany." His account of conditions there is due to be used this week as evidence before a United Nations sub-committee on human rights which will consider Indonesia's refusal to withdraw from the land.

THE VATICAN announced this week that Mgr Angelo Felici, Archbishop of Cesariana and the Holy See's former representative in Portugal, has been named as the new Papal Nuncio in France.

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