THREE HUNDRED young people gathered last weekend for the ecumenical youth pilgrimage to Walsingham. Representatives attended from TH120, Corrymeela, Christian CND and the Volunteer Missionary movement. Included in a packed two days was a torchlight procession to the Slipper Chapel and an all night vigil at the Chapel of Reconciliation.
THE SISTERS of Notre Dame de Namur have elected an English Nun, Sr Catherine Hughes General Moderator of the Order. She has been Provincial in Britain for the past five years. The congregation was founded by a French woman, Julie Billiart in 1894.
TEARS of the Moon, a fourpart documentary series tracing the history of the Catholic Church in Peru begins on Radio 4 on September 4 (4 pm). The first programme describes the conquest of the human sacrificing Inca Empire by the Spanish general Francisco Pizarro.
THE St Francis Leprosy Guild will celebrate the Feast of St Francis' Stigmata on Tuesday September 18 with a concelebrated Mass at 1 pm at the Maria Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Kensington Square W8. Chief Concelebrant will be Bishop Agnellus Andrew OFM.
TRUSTHOUSE Forte has given £50,000 to the Nertherhall Appeal. The £400,000 appeal is for the development of the students' and graduates' hall of residence at Netherall house in Hampstead runs by Opus Dei.
THE IRISH National Appeal for the victims of famine in Africa has so far raised £356,000. The appeal was sponsored by the Confederation of Non-Governmental Organisations for Overseas Development which includes Gorta, the Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal and Trocaire.
FR STEPHEN Raymond of the parish of the Faithful Virgin in Upper Northwood, South London, last week celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination. Fr Raymond was for 35 years headmaster of SI Patrick's School, Karachi, and was born in India.
THE VATICAN has sent a message of support to the Order of Christian Unity which plans to hold a nationwide Night of Prayer for the Sanctity of Life on October 26/27, the 17th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act.