17th January 1992

17th January 1992
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Jesuit Report Questions Council Tax

by Paul Goodman SIGNIFICANT reservations about the government's council tax the replacement for the poll tax which was widely attacked by church groups have been expressed by a......

Pope Warned Of Islam's Diabolical Plan

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome AS the threat of civil war in Algeria heightened this week after a bloodless coup aimed at cancelling run-off elections in the country, neighbouring......

New Campaign On Abortion Pill

by Joanna Moorhead PRO-LIFERS are to step up their campaign against the manufacturers of the "abortion pill", which is now licensed for use in Britain. The anti-abortion group......

Rome Accepts Breakaway Republics

by Timothy F,Iphick THE Vatican this week recognised the breakaway Yugoslavian republics of Croatia and Slovenia as independent states, ahead of the date set by the European......

Threat To Summer Hostel

A SUMMER hostel for young people run by the Catholic peace organisation Pax Christi may be lost unless a suitable venue can be found in the near future. The hostel, which......

Preview Of Encyclical?

by our Rome correspondent POPE John Paul this week offered a preview of the contents of his planned encyclical on moral questions, expected to he the most important papal......

Unity Week Going For A Song

CHRISTIANS up and down the country will share worship services and learn about one another's faith next week as part of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity . The......

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Saint-to-be Pro Hitler, Priest Says

by Timothy Elphick A BITTER row is growing within the church over the suitability for beatification of Mgr Josemaria Escriva, following accusations this week that the founder of......

Bush Attacks Us Abortion

THE availability of abortion on demand in the United States "stands in sharp contrast" to the nation's deep-rooted tradition of respect for human life, President George Bush......

Concern Mounts For Kidnapped Catholic

FEARS are growing for the safety of a Catholic pacifist worker in Sri Lanka, six months after he was kidnapped by Tamil Tigers seeking an independent homeland. Manoharen was......

Relief Reaches Remote Parts Of Sudan War Zone

EMERGENCY food relief is reaching famine hit areas of the war zones of southern Sudan in trucks organised by an ecumenical consortium of church agencies, the Catholic Fund for......

Terrorists Lose Hearts

TERRORISTS who have targeted church workers in Peru are beginning to fear they will fail to win over the country's poor in their campaign, Archbishop Augusto Vargas Alzamora......

Rome Moves On Israel

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome CARDINAL John O'Connor of New York has suggested that the Holy See may be ready to recognise Israeli rights to Jerusalem in exchange for free access......

Vociferous Nun Sent Overseas

by Gabriella Gamini in Buenos Aires SUPPORTERS of a Catholic nun facing a transfer abroad for campaigning against drugs and corruption in northern Argentina have begun a series......

News In Brief

On walk about MOTHER Teresa of Calcutta was continuing her recovery frown bacterial pneumonia and a heart condition this week, and is now out of intensive care, according to......

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Ampleforth Monk Appointed Bishop

"1 HAD to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming." This was how a "surprised and delighted" Dom Ambrose Griffiths, a former Abbot of Ampleforth, described his reaction......

Liverpool Nun Assaulted

A NUN was back at her leaching post this week after being robbed by a thug who then tried to run her over. Sr Mary Cannel, a 55-year-old Sister of Mercy, was attacked just......

News In Brief

New head for Beda NOTTINGHAM priest Canon Brian Dazeley has been appointed Rector of the Beda College in Rome, a seminary for English-speaking mature students. Canon Dazeley,......

Appeal For Homeless

A PRIEST who has helped start up a brand-new Peterborough day centre for the needy has appealed for funds to complete the project. Visitors to St Theresa's a day centre project......

Coming Soon

A STUDY day on homelessness called "No fixed abode" will be held by the Catholic Student Council, in conjunction with the Leeds University and Polytechnic Catholic Student......

Priests Regret Bomb Cache

PRIESTS at a Belfast monastery said this week they "deeply regretted" that their parish church ball had been used as a hiding place for explosives. Several bags of fertiliser,......

New Relic Of Saint's Shrine May Be Oldest Cult Evidence

by Stuart Robinson A SMALL piece of wood thought to be part of the original shrine of St Winefride North Wales's patron saint has been discovered gathering dust amongst old......

Harriott Memorial Winners Named

RONALD Eyre and Brian Redhead have shared the L2000 John Harriott Memorial Award for outstanding work in religious communication, set up in memory of the writer and Periscope......

School Complaint

EDUCATION Secretary Kenneth Clarke has come under attack from parents engaged in a longrunning battle to save their school The parents' action group from embattled St Joseph's......

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Inspiration Of A Bishop-elect

A WARM welcome to Dorn Ambrose Griffiths as Britain's newest bishop-elect. His experience of living in and leading the community of monks at Ampleforth will reinforce the ranks......

A Fair Tax?

POOR local government. Battered by Thatcherite contempt, charge-capping, and Whitehall-led cuts in grant. Exploited by left-wing extremists more interested in tomorrow's......

A Pool Of Cheap Labour

JOHN BATTLE MP I RECENTLY had occasion to visit the Korean embassy to lobby the Korean ambassador on political prisoners and human rights in his country. I actually came away......

Of Charismatics

I FOUND James Walton's article (January 3) on being a "teenage charismatic who now lacks certainty" most misleading. What came over clearly to me was that the 19 year old James......

Your Editorial (january 10) Commends Spuc For The Clarity...

which it presents information relating to the operation of the Abortion Act and its social consequences. However, the claim that illegitimate births have increased threefold......

One More Unjustified Kick In The

teeth for hard-pressed teachers IT is depressing to sec education discussed with such smug superficiality by Desmond Albrow (January 10). He makes four main points: (1)......

Plea For Penance

WHY is it that there are always great numbers queuing to receive the blessed sacrament but so few to receive the sacrament of penance? Surely every Catholic should know that Our......

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Coming To Terms With The Fruit Of The Vine

"I HAD to think long and hard before deciding to give this interview. The experience is still very painful. But 1 felt that it might help other priests in similar situations."......

How Faith Made Me Free

ALL I knew about Lourdes was that a young girl called Bernadette had seen "a beautiful lady", and that sick people went there. It never crossed my mind that I would go myself.......

Koala Jokes Come Into Vogue

Polish notebook THE Polish sense of humour has always been buoyant and political satire, now that it is permitted, is one of its natural components. Even when it was not......

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Rubbing Salt Into The Arts

Me and my God "I FOUND that I simply couldn't take it," said Kathleen Raine. Zeus and Hera; The Golden Dawn; The Secret Doctrine: I retreived my glance from the stacked......

Violins Inside The Death Cell

Martin Murphy reviews the tale of a musician enmeshed in the bloody aftermath of civil war Spy-Jacked! A Tale of Spain by Mavis Bacca Dowden (SMH Publishing Services, £11.95)......

Fingertip Facts Go Thumbs-down

God's Politician: John Paul at the Vatican by David Willey (Faber & Faber, £14.99) Frank Longford THIS book has three important merits. The author has broadcast on Vatican......

Ecological Parable Of Bad Samaritans

The Enchanted Islands: The Galapagos Discovered by John Hickman (Anthony Nelson £7.95) John Medcalf IT is to this author's credit that he has written about the Galapagos......

No Story To Show

THEATRE THE almost total takeover of London's West End theatre by musicals continues unabated. Soon there will not be a single straight play in what used to be known as the......

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Rest In Peace Not In The Presbytery

The trials and tribulations of an anonymous parish secretary ON the morning of my third day as the new parish secretary, I answered the telephone to be told by a friendly lorry......

Bomber Harris The Right Stuff For A National Hero?

ONE of the most popular and respected people in this country is the Queen Mother. It is therefore a matter of the greatest regret that she is now at the centre of a controversy......

Limericks For A Festive Round Of Laughter

THANKS to all the entrants for the Catholic Herald's Christmas limerick competition for bringing a smile to our lips as we trudged back to work after the festive break. For such......

In The Footsteps Of St Paul Through The Cities Of Ancient...

Freda Rees retraces one of Christianity's first missions THE night when Saint Paul saw a vision of a man who said "Come into Macedonia and help us" has been hailed as a......

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Animal Lover Eclipsed By The Girl From A Lighthouse

WindOWS on the Soul AS a lover of the animal kingdom, St Cuthbert's choice of the Fame Islands for a hermitage could not have been a better one. Then, as now, puffins build......

The Times Of Our Lives

Broadcast NON'S by Deborah Thomas ON Sunday night, most television programmes, mysteriously, seem to have the word "time" in their titles. This week I watched two new comedies......

Celebrating Joy With The Wedding Guests At Cana's Feast

Scripture Notebook by Fr John Wijngards Isaiah 62: 1-5 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 John 2: 1-12 IT is remarkable that the first miracle Jesus performs in John's gospel is the......

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Happy Hour Among Today's Celebs

Thoughts from a Welsh parish St Robert's Presbytery Coronation Street Aberkenfig Mid Glamorgan I USUALLY never make New Year Resolutions, but I have resolved to get a new......

Adam Had No Niece To Guide Him

SOME years ago, a confrere of mine wrote a simple unpretentious poem which he dedicated to his 10-year old niece after she had given him a tour of the rather humble prairie town......

Cut Short By Big Brother

Gerard Noel CONCERN for the health of President Bush increased considerably as the result of a heavy-handed intervention by Big Brother the day after the presidential......