Nikkra Niwano, a Japanese Buddhist has been awarded this year's Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion Mr Niwano is founder and President of the Buddhist lay organisation Rissho Koseikai, which is the largesr Buddhist organisation in the world today with a membership of 4.600,000. In annoucning the f80,000 annual prize. the foundation said: "Mr Niwano has been a bridge in inter-Faith understanding and a consistent advocate of mutual understanding between all men-. A teaching kit on animals' rights has been produced by Compassion in World Farming. Called "All Animals Have Rights" it costs .(5 and is available from the organisation at Lyndom House, Petersfield.
The Winged Fellowship Trust, which provides nearly 2,000 holidays every year for severely disabled people, is desperately short of residential volunteers to help at centres for the handicapped in Surrey. Essex and Nottinghamshire, particularly during March, May and June, and again in the autumn. The trust gives free board and lodging and anyone over the age of 15, those who have a few days to spare and senior citizens are welcome. Contact Winged Fellowship Trust, 64-66 Oxford Street, London, WI.
Mrs Shirley Williams, Secretary of State for Education and Science, will formally open Christ's School, Richmond, Surrey on March 16. The school, formed by the merger of St Edward the Confessor Catholic School and St Mary's Anglican School began work in September last year.
The Campaign Against the Arms Trade will hold its quarterly national meeting from March 9 to I I at Sheffield Friends Meeting House. Local action will be the focus of discussion. Details from CAAT, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, NI.
The Pastoral Renewal Exchange has issued its second collection of news about pastoral activities, book reviews, notes and quotes' and infor mation about pastoral organisations. Copies from Fr Brian Green, 1 Swinston Hill Road, Dinnington, Sheffield, who would also be glad to hear about readers' pastoral experiences.
* * * The Volunteer Missionary Movement will hold a conference at All Saints, London Colney, Hertford shire, from February 23 to 25. The guest speaker will be Professor Brech on "The Economics of Poverty". Details from VMM, Shenley Lane, London Colney.
' The 68th Tyburn Walk will be led this year by Bishop O'Brien, Bishop in Hertfordshire, on April 22. The procession will leave the Old Bailey, London, at 3 pm and end with Pontifical Benediction from the balcony of Tyburn Convent at 5 pm.
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Christians and Jews will meet together on February 27 at Friends' Meeting House, 52 St Martin's Lane, London, W2, for a "Mutual Evalua tion". The speakers will be Sr Charlotte Klein on "Attitudes in Christianity to Judaism" and Rabbi Albert Friedlander on "Attitudes in Judaism to Christianity." The meeting will start at 7 pm and refreshments will he served at 6.30 pm.
* * * The Workers of Our Lady will present a slide show about Padre Pio and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Central Flail, Liverpool, on February 22. Details from Mrs Amelia Norman, Garabandal Centre, 13 Ovington Square, London, SW.
* * * There are many places for boarding and day pupils at St Vincent's School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Liverpool, which arc not taken up by Catholic families, and every year the school takes a percentage of non-Catholic children. Anyone who would like more details of the school should contact the headmistress, Sister Josephine, at St Vincent's School, Yew Tree Lane, Liverpool.