THE Swiss government has jumped into the fray over the controversy surrounding Bishop Wolfgang Haas of Chur, whose appointment in 1990 unleahed a storm of protest from church-goers who claimed he was too reactionary. The Swiss ministry of foreign affairs has told the Vatican that the dispute has implications far wider than boundaries of a simple Church conflict and that diplomatic relations could be harmed if the matter is not resolved.
POPE John Paul II is to travel to Spain in June 1993 to attend the international Marian congress in the southern city of
Huelva. Huelva is a centre of Marian pilgrimage.
AN AMERICAN Benedictine abbot, Jerome Theisen, has been appointed as the new primate of the worldwide confederation of Benedictines. He is the sixth primate since the confederation was begun by Pope Leo XIII in 1893.
CATHOLIC welfare groups from eastern Europe have held an historic first meeting with their western counterparts to discuss future co-operation. The five-day summit in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, brought together Caritas representatives from 31 nations, and was chaired by the Englishborn president of Caritas Europe, Bishop William Kenney.