POPE John Paul II has criticised his fellow countrymen for failing to put their newfound freedoms to good use after the fall of communism. "On the horizon appears the ghost" of "a freedom that does not build but destroys", the Pope said. And he warned against "living according to the sins if the flesh".
POLAND's Cardinal Jozef Glemp has condemned as "unjust and false" charges being levelled against public figures in a drive to expose collaborators with the former communist regime. "Many true and noble people have suffered grave harm from insulting and untrue allegations," he said.
CANADA's bishops said they are open to "profound" constitutional changes so long as the country's future was based on Gospel values. The episcopal message comes as Canada's prime minister Brian Mulroney faces a constitutional stalemate over Canada's future following demands for political reform by French-speaking Quebec. DIFFERENCES between men and women are no excuse for discrimination or oppression, Pope John Paul has told a meeting of Christians and Muslims.
THE MALTESE parliament has debated a bill ratifying an agreement reached last November with the Holy See on the transfer of all Church property on the island not serving pastoral needs.
AN UNPUBLISHED letter which appears to have been written in 1947 by the future Pope Paul VI suggests that he intervened to seek clemency on behalf of an Italian Fascist leader on trial for the murder of the liberal leader, Giovanni Amendola.
IRELAND's Pro-Life Campaign has warned the Dublin government that it may oppose the holding of referenda on the legalisation of abortion planned for later this year.
CHRISTOPHER Columbus was a man of "convinced Christian faith" who paved the way for the evangelisation of the New World, the Pope said this week.
INDIA's society and Church is corrupted by "structural sin", Indian Jesuit Fr Ignatius Puthiadem said this week.