PRIESTS FOR ARMENIA. —The Russian Government has given permission for four priests of the Armenian Catholic Church to enter Armenia to minister. For mar w years there have been no priests in the Church, which has been in the hands of the laity. The announcement was made in Vienna by the Patriarch, Pctrus XVI Batanian, on his return from the first visit ever made to Russia by the leader of the Church.
ANGLICAN SEES POPE.— Pope Paul has received in private audience Canon H. M. Arrowsmith, the Anglican secretarygeneral of the British and Foreign Bible Society, it was announced by the Vatican last week.
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS.— The archdioceses of Sydney and Melbourne have started new fund-raising schemes to relieve financial pressure on their crowded Catholic schools. Cardinal Gilroy of Sydney has announced that his archdiocese is to issue nearly a million pounds' worth of public bonds to build new schools. Catholic families in the Melbourne archdiocese are being asked to contribute £15 a year each, regardless of how many children they have at school.
HOME DIALOGUES. — A scheme for "living-room dialogues" has been launched by two of America's foremost religious organisations, Catholic and Protestant—the Catholic Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and the National Council of Churches. The plan is for informal discussions by mixed groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants in each others' homes.
MOSCOW TO ROME.—Moscow's only native Catholic priest, Fr. Mikolas Tarvidis, a Lithuanian, has been given permission by the Russian Government to go to Rome for the closing stages of the Vatican Council. Fr. Tarvidis, 61, was appointed to the Moscow church of St. Louis of the French by the Vilna archdiocese of Lithuania two years ago. He has never been outside the U.S.S.R.
NEGRO PROVINCIAL—Fr. John W. Bowman, S.V.D., parish priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary church in Lafayette, Louisiana, has been appointed Provincial of the Southern Province of the Divine Word Fathers. He succeeds another Negro, Auxiliary Bishop-designate Harold R. Perry, S.V.D.
ARCHBISHOP'S AWARD.— Arch bishop Dearden of Detroit has been chosen by a Detroit inter-religious and inter-racial committee to receive its "llniversal Declaration of Human Rights Award" for his efforts in promoting human rights. The presentation will be made by Mr. Robert Frehse, director of the Detroit region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, on December 15, the 174th anniversary of the American Bill of Rights.
RACE MURDER MOTION. —A resolution approved at the general assembly of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations urged Congress to enact legislation which "would define assault or murder with racial purpose or effect as a Federal offence".
'BAN WAR TOYS' CALL.— Austrian Catholics are being asked to "show their faith in the religious spirit of Christmas" by not giving "war toys to children. The Akstrial Catholic Family Association urges parents "not to develop the latent destructive tendencies in children" by making such presents.
JERUSALEM DELEGATE.— Fr. Augustine Sepinski, 0.F.M., the French-born priest who was named by Pope Paul in October as Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine, was consecrated as a titular archbishop by Cardinal Cicognani, Vatican Secretary of State, in the parish church of Pope St. Gregory. Four cardinals attended the ceremony.
to set up human relations centres in Latin America to advance and strengthen Catholic-Jewish relations were announced by B'nai B'rith, the international Jewish organisation, at a meeting of its board of governors in Washington.