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Page 2, 31st January 1969 — Methodist and Anglican youth merger urged

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Methodist and Anglican youth merger urged

THE Anglican and Methodist Churches' youth departments, in a joint statement this week, call for ever closer co-operation leading to a joint strategy in their work among young people. In a booklet called "Half a Million"—a reference to the 500.000 young people they serve—the two groups point out that immeasurable advantages would accrue from a practical sharing of manpower, expertise, plant, premises and money in any locality. The problem of integrating the bulge of second-generation immigrant school-leavers and of coping with drug-dependence found existing youth organisations largely ineffective.

"Increasingly, too, the overlap between the multiplicity of social and educational agencies, including those sponsored by the Churches. is seen to be wasteful and inefficient. The need for integration and cooperation is urgent.

"If, in such a process, there is some sacrifice and even loss of identity, this should be acceptable to a Church which claims the role of the servant."

Goa priest fights expulsion order

MR. EDWARD GARDNER, Q.C., has gone to India for the third time to continue the case of Fr. Francisco Monteiro, the Goan priest who has refused to assume Indian nationality and is threatened with expulsion. An Indian appeal court, which began its hearing on Monday, is being asked by Mr. Gardner to set aside the expulsion order issued in 1967 by the Governor of Goa. Fr. Monteiro's case rests on the Geneva Convention clauses relating to the protection of citizens and on the general view that a man cannot be expelled from his birthplace.

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