18th December 1992

18th December 1992
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Pope Re-affirms Rhythm Method

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome THE VATICAN is to launch a worldwide campaign to promote natural methods of family planning. The Pope announced the imminent "mobilisation" of the......

Vatican Urges Redistribution Of Resources

by Lucy Lethbridge POPE John Paul has condemned the unequal distribution of wealth in the Third World as "the paradox of abundance". The Pope, who was speaking at a Vatican......

Rome Holds Fast On Clergy Celibacy

by our Rome correspondent IT LOOKS as if the Vatican's rigorous stance on a celibate priesthood will not be deflected by secular pressure for change. Pope John Paul II has......

"shame" Of Calvi Death Revelations

NEW revelations this week of the mystery death of Italian banker Roberto Calvi ten years ago in London could be embarassing for the Vatican. According to a Wall Street Journal......

Liverpool Nuns Save Young Nigerian Boy

by Laura Spinney LIVERPOOL nuns have raised between £10,000 and £12,000 to pay for treatment for a young African boy crippled with burns. Fidelis Nasara, 13, was so badly......

Sheffield Rc Schools Vote To Opt-out

by Murray White TWO Catholic secondary schools in Sheffield have voted to opt-out of local authority control. The move, announced this week, could set off a chain reaction with......

Christmas Wishes From Welsh Bethlehem

by Lucy Lethbridge ABSOLUTELY the card to come flopping through your letterbox this Christmas must be one stamped Bethlehem. Such a poignant reminder of the first Judaean......

Vatican Denies Pope Performed Exorcisms

THE VATICAN denied reports from clergy this week that John Paul II has twice performed exorcisms within the Vatican as Pope. One of the Vatican's leading experts in exorcism,......

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Churches Condemn Indian Riots

THE VATICAN has joined the head of the Catholic Church in India in expressing fears that the fighting between Muslims and Hindus in India that has left 700 dead may spread to......

Cuba Human Rights Spotlighted

AMNESTY International issued a report this week that contains evidence pointing to a dramatic increase in the number of prisoners of conscience held in Cuba. The report brought......

Seminary 'destroyed' By Indonesian Earthquake

THE MOST Catholic territory outside the Vatican, tiny Floris Island in the Indonesian archipelago, was among the worst hit by the earthquake which devastated the country last......

Vatican Holds Talks On Disabled

SEVEN CARDINALS and six Nobel Prize Winners were among the speakers when 6,000 people, many of them disabled, attended the seventh International Conference of the Pontifical......

Bishops Attack New South African Strife

THE SOUTHERN African Catholic Bishops' Conference has condemned the latest outbreak of "senseless" violence that continues to "ravage" South Africa. "It is a sad reflection on......

News In Brief

Increase in UK aid BRITAIN will provide a further £200,000 in humanitarian aid to victims of the NagornoKarabakh conflict in Armenia and Azerbaijan, Minister for Overseas......

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'grave Concern' At Ec Refugee Squeeze

by Angus Macdonald • CATHOLIC aid agencies across Europe have condemned an EC 'draft resolution on immigration which severely restricts the rights of those seeking asylum in......

Sunday Shop Ruling Expected To End Impasse Over Rogue...

by Murray White A LANDMARK Eyropean court ruling was this week expected to uphold British ,Sunday trading laws against large retailers pushing for seven day shopping.......

Journalists Thanked For Tyburn Aid

by Laura Spinney CARDINAL Basil Hume has thanked the media for its contribution to the campaign to raise £750,000 for the Tyburn Convent in London. The money was raised by the......

Carols For The Coalfields

MORE than 1,500 children from coalfield communities threatened with pit closures gathered in London this week for a carol service to highlight their "hopes for the future". The......

Parishioners Angry At Prospect Of 'vandalism' On Baldacchino

by Lucy Lethbridge The prospect of an act of "Cromwellian vandalism" is dividing the parishioners of St Robert Bellarmine's in Bootle, according to a letter received by the......

The Dominican Order Was Greatly Saddened By The Death Of...

Boni in Hampstead to an AngloIrish family, John Dominic Cole joined the Dominican novitiate in Woodchester at the age of 17. He was ordained priest five years later, having......

News In Brief

Sadness at separation ARCHBISHOP Derek Worlock of Liverpool has described the announcement of the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales as "very sad news". In a......

Bishops' Diaries

Cardinal Basil Hume (Westminster): Sun; C, Westminster Cathedral, 4.30pm. Mon: Farewell M. for Bishop Crowley, Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tue: M. for Choir School Old Boys, Cathedral,......

Arinze Calls On Britain To Help Nigeria

CARDINAL Francis Arinze of Nigeria. President of the Pontifical Council for inter-Religious Dialogue and a strong contender for the next Papacy, will be visiting London this......

Hi-tech Toys In Grotto War

11 - S a far cry from crib scenes with fake snow and jolly reindeer. Marketing toys for the Nintendo generation is big business: high on TV technicality and low on nursery......

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Following The Herd

THEY COULD have tried harder. When the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales was announced last week, expressions of sorrow swamped the palace, from the Archbishop of......

Don't Stand By And Watch Bosnians Die

John Battle MP POLITICAL propaganda surfaces in the strangest of places. In the Radio Times of December I, there was an advertisement for a programme called "Serbian Epics". We......

Handicapped Headline Hurtful

I WAS saddened to read your headline "Vatican tells handicapped to leave sex and marriage alone" (Catholic Herald, November 27). If Bonifacio Honings' presentation has been......

Men In Church Will Now Do The Flower Arranging

I WONDER if I am alone in noticing the strangeness of the comment by Christina Rees of the Movement for the Ordination of Women that you print on the front page (Catholic......

Cheers For Eagleton

THREE cheers for Terry Eagleton for his vigorous and heartening article (Catholic Herald, November 20). It is high time that we Christians were made to look at the world in......

Man's Best Friends

I AM so glad that Clare Boylan, In another of her excellent columns, has raised the subject of animal abuse (Catholic Herald, November 27). It is a subject about which the......

Their Annus Horribilis

ALTHOUGH the constitutional effects of the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales is a matter of concern for the Church of England rather than the Church of Rome, as......

How The Anglicans Can March In

QUITE correctly, of course, Bishop Graham Leonard writes (Catholic Herald, November 20) that the question of Anglican Orders poses a problem for Anglican clergy considering......

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High Price To Pay For Freedom

The dawn of democratic elections in Guyana has yet to provide an answer to the deeper malaise of poverty, reports Paul Donovan 0 N October 5, after 28 years of opposition,......

A Light From The Margins

I 66 ONLY began to understand what Christianity was about when I left the Church," says Professor Terry Eagleton, the new Thomas Wartan professor of English at Oxford.......

The Right Currency For New Jobs

Stephen Farrell considers the moral ar g uments for monetary stability H IGH levels of both employment and living standards largely depend on a stable value of money, the......

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Beckett's Blank Canvas

Dream of Fair to Middling Women by Samuel Beckett (Black Cat, Dublin, £14.99) Mark Bowles WE ARE told that Beckett referred to this, his first novel, as a "chest into which I......

The Other Side Of A Good Man In Doing A Tough Job

The Dream of Reason: A Review of Harold Wilson by Ben Pimlott, (Harper Collins, £20) John Battle MP BEN Pimlott has produced another blockbuster of a political biography in its......

Advent Spiritual Books

THE Pope Answers: John Paul H's encyclical letter The Mission of Christ the Redeemer, adapted by Sr Juliette Baker FDNSC (St Paul Publications, 1992). Encyclical letters do not......

Sadler's Not Well

THEATRE A STORY is told about the great theatrical personage, Lilian Baylis. She was knocked down by a taxi. A passer-by recognised her and said: "It's Lilian Baylis of the Old......

Confessions Of A Successful Novelist

The Art of Fiction by David Lodge (Secker and Warburg, £14.99; Penguin, £5.99) Terry O'Sullivan THIS book collects a series of newspaper articles David Lodge wrote in 1991 and......

An English Gentleman At Large In The Old Russia

Journey to Khiva by Philip Glazebrook (Harvill, £16) Brendan Walsh "I DON'T believe", warns Glazebrook on the opening page, "a European traveller (one or two of Stalin's......

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Alice Thomas Ellis Remembers With Affection The Strict...

What it was like to be three and a half H1LE tidying up in preparation for Christmas 1 found some old snapshots and was struck by the style of the clothes: ladies looked......

What's In A Name?

SPEAKING OF PRAYER `Yeshua' is how Jesus would have been known in his native Aramaic. Fr Roland Walls recalls the meaning of the word in prayer T HE biblical roots of a theology......

Should A Catholic Child Have Catholic Godparents?

Is the role of a modern godparent merely a matter of friendship and support, or as it once was to 'guarantee religious instruction'? And if so, how important is denomination?......

The Celebration Of The Faith

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Doris Hayes Isaiah 7:10-14 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 T ODAY, impatient for the celebration of his birthday at Christmas, the Church in her liturgy......

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A Man And A Woman: A Duet Or A False Note?

ONCE A CATHOLIC... by Clare Boylan T IIE pattern of a sexuality in a lifetime follows almost exactly the pattern of reading though with a different timescale. When young, one......

Ruffled Angels' Wings And A Little Ego

MEDITATION ON ART by Sr Wendy Beckett A T FIRST sight, "Winged Earth" both seems and sounds a paradox. Isn't earth precisely that which does not fly, which lies beneath, which......

A Feast Of Viewing Over The Festive Season

BROADCAST NEWS by Joanna Moorhead YOU can tell Christmas can't be far away when the religious TV programmes, whose contents are usually dismissed in a few lines in the listings......

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Images Of The Face Of God

Ronald Rolheiser J AMES Hillman once said that a good image is the most open, exploratory, most suggestively subtle, yet the most precise thing to allow the soul the widest......

Growing Mission Of The Laity

Letter from Kenya FRICANS, you must be Missionaries to Yourselves," said Paul VI. Poultry keeping, bee keeping, rabbit keeping, zero grazing, pasture production, animal......

Embarrassed Memories Of College Mass

Charterhouse Chronicle by Brian Dooley N EVER go back, they say, but I did. Last week I visited my old university chaplaincy, which during the 1980s provided a haven for those......