SMOKING In diocesan meetings has been banned by Spanish Bishop Juan Marti Alanis of Urgel in Spain. He has also told priests to slop smoking. But it has emerged that Pope John Paul gave a 200 pack of cigarettes to the cabin crew of the plane bringing him hack home from his latest foreign trip.
Eye for eye
CARDINAL CORRADO Ursl of Naples plans to donate his eyes to the Incal eye bank fur use in cornea transplants after his death, the weekly archdiocesan newspaper said recently. "1 am happy to think that I will give light to the failed eyes of a brother and that I will he able, after my death, to continue to see in this world," Cardinal Ursl wrote.
A GROUP of United States bishops touring southeast Asian refugee camps appealed to the American government to accept more refugees and to other Western countries to assume
greater reponsihility in resettlement.
THE PONTIFICAL Gregorian University will offer an introductory course in the new Code of Canon Law for bishops in Rome, later this year. The course, which costs £25 will Include four hours of lectures daily, in Latin, by professors of the canon law faculty of the Gregorian University.
HEAVY involvement in development work at the expense of evangelization may endanger a missionary's vocation, said a Missionary of Africa (White Father) who has served for more than 30 years in Tanzania. Fr Nico de Bekker, a Dutch priest, said that although development is important, Pastoral work should he a missionary's top priority.
REPORTS FROM China say that Fr Francis Xavier Thu Shude S.J., who has already spent 30 years in ,gaol, almost without respite, has been sentenced to a further 12 years in prison. Fr Zhu's family have been well-known Catholics in Shanghai for 400 years. His brother, Fr Michael Chu Li-teh, is a Jesuit assistant General in Rome.