MLYEHER TERESA WILL travel to Rome later this month for celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of her order, the Sisters of Charity. She will be attended by two of the sisters from the order. A doctor confirmed that she was fit to travel.
ARCHBISHOP FERNANDO San Lacalle of San Salvador welcomed the decision by the Salvadoran Congress to outlaw induced abortion, as a "blessing from God". Congress passed the veto 84 to 60, at the end of April. The Archbishop thanked the people of El Salvador for being an "important protagonist" in the Church's pro-Life campaign.
WAsFrnvciroN HAS siGNEd a law barring the use of federal funds for assisted suicide or euthanasia. Signing the Bill, President Clinton said: "Over the years I have clearly expressed my personal opposition to assisted suicide and I continue to believe that suicide is wrong." Pro-Life campaigners hope the mandate will influence the Supreme Court which is considering two appeals against New York and Washington state laws which prohibit assisted suicide. A ruling is expected before July.
WORKMEN DIGGING near the Via Appia in Rome have uncovered early-Christian catacombs that date back to the 3rd century. Heavy rain in the region caused the road to subside, leading to the discovery. Archaeologists will now investigate the site.
ITALIAN INVESTIGATORS are following up reports in Paris Match magazine that a second Turkish gunman was involved in the assassination plot to kill the Pope in 1981. Oral Celik, a former member of the Grey Wolves terrorist organisation, claims he acted with Ali Agca. Celik is reported to be writing a book tided: How I Shot at the Pope.