10th April 1992

10th April 1992
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Vatican Issues Stark Warning On Libya

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome THE Holy See this week asked Britain and her partners in the United Nations not to "humiliate" the Libyan leader, Colonel G ad af f i according i ii......

Support Your Priests Pope Tells The Church

by Joanna Moorhead A MORE holistic approach to seminary training, and ongoing support after ordination, have been urged by Pope John Paul this week in a major new statement on......

Insm E

FAITH AND THE WRITER: Lady Antonia Fraser on how belief helps the biographer, page 5 GOING WITHOUT: is there any point in fasting on Good Friday asks Fr John Arnold, page 5 A......

Catholic Schools Face Job Losses

by Murray White CATHOLIC schools across the country are facing scores of job losses, as budgets for next year are severely cut back by local education authorities. Worried......

African Drought Appeal

by Angus Macdonald CATHOLIC and other aid agencies in Zimbabwe are launching relief programmes to try and tackle the worst drought in southern Africa for over 50 years.......

Churches 'fail' Voters

CHURCH leaders too often "look over their shoulders and fail to speak out clearly for social and political truth, Ian Linden, general secretary of the Catholic Institute of......

Urban Monastery For Capital Unveiled

IHE Benedictine community in Cockfosters has unveiled plans to build a new monastery at their iiorth London site. The £850,000 project, which has received enthusiastic hacking......

New Hope

in east by our Rome correspondent NEW hope of a turning-point in the stalemate between Orthodoxy and the Vatican came this week with the resignation of the Ukrainian......

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Crisis Calmed By Rome Envoy

by Timothy Elphick A special envoy was despatched to Malawi this week by the Vatican in an attempt to calm tensions between the church and the authorities in the southern......

Poland On Pro File Knife Edge

Letter from Warsaw TWO draft abortion reform bills are currently before the Polish Sejm, the country's lower house. The first of them, for the "protection for the life of the......

News In Brief

Pope to rally youth POPE John Paul II is expected to announce a visit to the United States for next year's World Youth Day rally on Palm Sunday. Three American cities are said......

Abortion Referendum In Ireland

IRELAND is to hold a referendum on its abortion ban. it was announced this week. The Dublin government's decision to put its constitutional bar on abortion to the people......

Nun Returns To Testify In Kidnap Rape Case

TWO years after fleein g in terror from from Guatemala, American nun Sr Diana Mae Ortiz returned to the country this week to testify in her abduction case. Sr Ortiz, who at the......

Church-led Talks Resume To End Political Stalemate

CHURCH-led talks aimed at resolving Zaire's g rowin g political crisis resumed this week. more than two months after they were suspended by the government of President Mobutu......

Bishops Urge Protection For Catholics In War Zone

CATHOLIC leaders in BosniaHerzo g ovina, the ethnicallymixed Yugoslav republic embroiled in civil war which was reco g nised as an independent state by the EC on Monday, this......

Papal Mass Plans Upset

PLANS for the Pope to celebrate a mass partly in the Slovenian language during a May visit to Trieste. near the Sim enian border, have been fiercely attacked. The protests have......

Row Over Pope Seats

A ROW has broken out in Italy over proposals to charge a.,01 shippers to reserve scats at a papal mass. Tickets for the mass at Udine near Venice next month are currently being......

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What I Want From The New Government...

Robins Rafferty. director of the Catholic Housing Aid Society (CHAS) IN my opinion. the priority for the incoming government must be to devise a properly co-ordinated housing......

Legal Fight Over Saint's Bones

THE remains of a Saxon saint who was bloodily murdered more than 1000 years ago may he returned to the abbey where they were discovered, if a crusading mayor has her way.......

Striker Gives Up Fast After Hume Visit

by Angus Macdonald A TAMIL refugee who has been on hunger strike for nearly eight weeks in protest against a conviction for murder has agreed to abandon his fast three days......

Newman Marks 50 Years

THE organisation for graduate Catholics which had a hand in the founding of human rights movement Amnesty International celebrates its golden jubilee this weekend. The Newman......

News In Brief

Peace protest THOUSANDS or sixth-formers took to the streets of Belfast last week in the first demonstration against terrorism to be organised by schools in Northern Ireland. A......

Bishops' Diaries

ALL of the bishops are leading the Easter Triduum celebrations in their respective dioceses this week, many in cathedrals. A few vary the pattern, attending ecumenical services,......

Passion Play Halts London Traffic

THE PASSION is to be taken onto the streets of London next week, as the capital's main churches come together for a unique performance of the crucifixion of Christ. Central......

Comin Soon

"FAITH in the Countryside" is the title of an ecumenical Easter conference at Ampleforth Abbey on Saturday April II organised by Ryedale Christian Council. The event will be lcd......

Obituary

RETIRED priest Fr John Patrick Kirwan has died a few days short of his 77th birthday. Fr Kirwan, "Paddy to his friends, spent 29 years in South Africa followed by a spell as a......

New Justice Commission

A COMMISSION for racial justice is to be set up by Christian churches including the Catholic Church, horn September. The new body, established by the member churches of the......

Harassment Factor In Death Says Bishop

AN official inquiry has been launched following accusations by an Irish bishop last weekend that police harassment was a factor in the murder of a Catholic. The Royal Ulster......

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Campaign Trail Pilgrims

JOHN BATTLE BY the time you're reading this the General Election will be over, and some of us can now focus on Holy Week and Easter. But three and a half weeks into a long......

Converts' Aid Heroes Or Villains

YOUR leader (March 20) on the misfortunes of the Converts' Aid Society gives an impression of mismanagement and lax administration which implicates those who have been, and are,......

The Pope's Words Of Comfort For Separated And Divorced...

YOUR front page story (April 3) entitled "Pope softens line on divorced Catholics' plight" indicates that your correspondent in Rome is not familiar with the present Pope's......

People Who Have No Choice

IN the light of the current controversy surrounding the publication of the book Daring to Speak Love's Name (March 13), I am moved to put pen to paper. I am not going to......

Did The Father Need To

see his son's blood IN his March 13 Scripture Notebook Fr John Wijngaards stated that the view that "Jesus' death was pre-ordained by God" is one "contrary to God's sanctity,......

Time To Address Life And Death Issues

SO. the election is over and after months of gazing at our national and indeed for some parts of Great Britain our regional navels, we might just be willing to spare a thought......

Renewed Clerg

AT first sight, it is easy to be disappointed with this week's papal apostolic exhortation on the formation of priests. The subject the training of tomorrow's clerics is, after......

Your Obituary Of Fr Harry Dodd (april 3) Contains One

factual error in regard to schooling. Fr Dodd did not attend St Ignatius, Stamford Hill, but was a classmate of mine at St Bernard's in the East End Commercial Road parish in......

Falkland Islands Precautions Justified

THE comments made by Gerard Noel (March 17) regarding his visit to the Falkland Islands clearly reveal that he has not grasped the full extent of the turmoil • and subsequent......

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Green Rosettes And Black, Black Coal

IN RETROSPECT by Fr Hugh Lavery TWO ladies called on me the other evening. Both wore green rosettes if that is not a contradiction and the elder could have doubled for Miss......

Going Without: Why We Still Need To Fast

I , •\' 1 Po and ahootence 'there onco ,10.111,, understood. vt,eren't they .' But so many changes in e leii 111;1111 (MCC it Aht+111 IA 11,11 1 , ..1; .11•L' required to do......

Faith Makes A Better Biographer

Lady Antonia Fraser on how belief has deepened her understanding of the subjects she tackles Lady Antonia Fraser I WAS once attacked in a review of my biography of Oliver......

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The Lakeside Town Where The Soldiers Cannot Tread

Duncan Green reports from Guatemala where one town's attempts at religious unity have helped it to resist oppression IN the main church in Guatemala's lakeside town of Santiago......

The Fall Of The House Of Macmillan

The Macmillans by Richard Davenport-Hines (Heinemann, £18.50) Lord Longford WE are told in the blurb that Mr Davenport-Hines won a distinguished literary prize with one of his......

Another Life Half A World . Away

Thirst by Stephen Amidon (Bloomsbury, £15.99) Mandana Ruane IN this clever, suspenseful novel everyone is thirsty, though their thirsts differ: money, alcohol, love, water; but......

The Walter Mitty World Of Mikhail

Goodbye to the USSR: The Collapse of Soviet Power by Steve Crawshaw (Bloomsbury, £18.99) Desmond Albrow THIS is not a great hi k for it lacks a style to cope v. ith a truly......

Witness Of A Prophet

of dialogue Judaism: The Religious Situation of our Time by Hans Kung (SCM Press, £35) Graham Jenkins HANS Kung's new book is an exciting and thrilling contribution to the......

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Continuing His Meditation On The Seven Last Words Of Christ,

Rayner Torkington reflects on Jesus' cry from the cross, "It is accomplished" dainty dish for a prophet IF YOU were to believe all that you read in the press or see on......

Andrew Robertson Looks At The Obstacles Disabled People...

A step too far to the church door ONE of the most perplexing and difficult to swallow of all biblical quotations is the one about it being easier for a camel to go through the......

Taking A Leaf Out Of The Old Palm Tree

THERE is one thing palms were not designed for. and that is to be forcibly manipulated into crosses to mark Palm Sunday. A leading supplier of palms to churches. Vanpoulles......

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Joan's Soap Box Jury

HOW did you vote? By the time you read this, you will have already done so. and you'll know how the rest of the country voted too. When Heart of the Matter (BBC]) went out on......

A Supreme Sacrifice For An Undeserving World

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards Isaiah 50t 4-7 Philippians 2: 6-11 Luke 22: 14-23, 56 EVERY year when passion time comes round, the church reminds us of Christ's......

Jesus Christ Superstar Of The Cinema Screen

WINDOWS ON THE SOUL by Timothy Elphick WATCH out on Easter Monday for Channel 4's documentary presentation of the life of Christ in the movies tracing the story of Jesus' life......

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God As Man Or Woman?

THIS essay might be called an exercise in journalistic optometry: "Which of these formulae looks better to you? Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? ...or glory to......

Aiming For The White House

Cristina Odone DESPITE his recent rc-evaluation (Bay of Pig. libertine tendencies. Mafia links et al) even his harshest critics will concede that John F Kennedy accomplished......

Enigmatic Failure Of Judas The Outsider

Sr Robert's Presbytery Coronation Street Aberkeafig Mid Glatt, Thoughts from a Welsh parish THE events recalled in Holy Week wise a host of unanswered and ultimately......