28th February 1992

28th February 1992
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Jobless On Bishops Election Agenda

John Ryan by Peter Stanford TRADITIONAL concerns on abortion and education arc linked with fears over living standards, unemployment and lack of investment in the economy as the......

Out Of 44 Africa

A SENEGALESE woman holds up a poster of the Pope as she waits for the arrival of John Paul at the oceanside Marian shrine at Poponguine, Senegal, on the third day of his......

Challenge For Change Appeal

by Joanna Moorhead THE churches must become advocates for the fundamental changes which are needed in Africa, representatives of the main Christian denominations in Britain......

Buckfast's New Abbot

MONKS, nuns, clerics and nobles joined two bishops at Buckfast Abbey this week for the formal inauguration of the new abbot. Fr David Charlesworth, 40, was elected abbot in......

Menevia Parish Celebrates Dry Rot Victory Parishioners W...

for the future of their church after the discovery of extensive dry rot this week celebrated a new lease of life for their community. Churchgoers at the Immaculate Conception......

St Joseph's Campaign Awaits Final Success

by Angus Macdonald PARENTS and teachers whose high-profile battle to be allowed to rebuild their school contributed to a recent government reassessment of school building......

Irish Silence Broken

by Timothy Elphick THE silence of the Catholic hierarchy in Ireland over the case of a 14-year-old rape victim banned from travelling to Britain for an abortion, which has......

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Pope Pleas For New Harmony In Africa

by Timothy Elphick POPE John Paul II has appealed to the West to help bring the nations of Africa back from the brink of famine, allowing peoples of all religious backgrounds to......

Unity Set-back

CHRISTIANS from both halves of Korea have abandoned an attempt to meet for the first time since the end of the war which divided their country in 1953. A delegation from the......

Mass Protest Ordered

ZAIRE's Cardinal Frederic Etsou of Kinshasa, the country's capital, has ordered special services "of regret and protest" to be held following the massacre of pro-democracy......

Teresa And Di Meet

PRINCESS Diana, whose meeting with Mother Teresa at the Calcutta headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity during her royal tour of India was thwarted by the 81-year-old......

Bishops Fear Bloodbath

GUATEMALA's bishops this week warned politicians and guerrillas that the church would not tolerate a return to the bloodbath experienced by the Central American country in the......

National Organisation Of Catholic Laymen

February Letter 1992 For all of us, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant, what should come before all else in the Christian Religion is the will of God, (as revealed to us by His......

Vatican Denies 'holy Alliance' With Cia

CLAIMS that the Vatican formed a "holy alliance" with President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s to destabilise communist regimes in eastern Europe have been denied by Pope John......

Church Joins Battle

A CARDINAL'S warning against a return by the backdoor to the Marcos era in the Philippines catapulted the church into a political battle with President Cory Aquino this week.......

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Questions Over Irish Shootings

by Peter Stanford CARDINAL Cahal Daly, the Irish primate, said at the weekend that the security forces had questions to answer over the deaths of four IRA gunmen last week in......

Cafod Campaign Recalls Columbus

by Angus Macdonald A REDUCTION in the debt burden and the opening up of European markets to Latin America's products were amongst the measures called for by speakers at this......

Empower The Poor

A MORE explicit commitment in the church to the empowerment of poor and marginalised people is the message of a new pamphlet from the Catholic bishops. From Charity to......

Opposition

THE ecumenical Order of Christian Unity has added its voice to those opposed to moves at a European level to change the law on euthanasia. In the latest edition of its journal,......

Publishers Seek Aid

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has given his backing to an initiative by three large Christian publishers to get more church support for their work. Dr George Carey is supporting......

Arms And A Grateful Man

A SUSSEX parish priest and heraldry expert has put up £3,000 for his village to have its own coat of arms as a thank-you for its welcome to him. Henfield on the edge of the......

Bishops' Diaries

It's students who will be keeping the bishops on their toes in the coming week. Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville of Birmingham sets the pace this Sunday starting off at noon......

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No Quick Fix For Catholic Voters

WHILE the rest of the country holds its breath and plays along with the great phoney election game, Cardinal Hume and Archbishop Worlock have decided to get on with the business......

Is There A Nuclear Peace Dividend And If So Who For?

BRIAN Wicker (February 21) bases his argument on two premises: (a) that it is possible to "ban the bomb" and (b) that the eastern bloc is the sole nuclear threat to Britain, It......

Posthumous Reappraisal Of The Role Of Pharisees

FR Ronald Rolheiser (January 31) writes an excellent article on the sins of hypocrisy, and the despising of others. But he is seriously at fault in linking these sins with the......

Teaching Confusion

I THINK Fr Howarth is mistaken (February 21) when he writes "the law of celibacy for priests...has its roots in the teaching of Christ and his apostles". In fact, the opposite......

Caught On A Train With Mgr Escriva

I HAVE read reports concerning Mgr Escriva related to Hitler and Nazism. I am in a position to state categorically that such reports are wrong. I was able to talk to Mgr......

St Teresa Help Me!

A Missionary in great difficulty called upon Pope Pius Xl for help. I h+ reply was simple "Have recourse to the Little Flower of Jesus". Today we appeal to you fur the I II -......

Trauma Of Post Abortion Syndrome

THERE are good psychological reasons to predict that if the pregnant 14 year old girl in Ireland proceeded with an abortion, she would become still another victim of post......

Paying Society's Dues

JOHN BATTLE MP LET'S start with a declaration. I am not a trades union-sponsored MP. I remain an individual member of the trades union to which I belonged when I entered......

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The Madonna Of The Literary World

Novelist Wendy Perriam reminded Angus Macdonald of the pop star Madonna when he met her this week. According to the publisher's blurb, Wendy Perriam set herself a challenge......

God And Mammon

THE amount of money owed by third world countries to western governments is now so large that it is trapping millions of people in poverty so large is it in fact that the former......

Loan Sharks In The South Seas Demand Their Pound Of Flesh

more than Britain spends on defence, social security, welfare and housing combined and meanwhile its government spends 17 per cent on health and education together. The results......

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Scorsese's Sins In The Cinema?

Martin Scorsese: A Journey by Mary Pat Kelly (Seeker & Warburg, £16.99) Michael Carson IF YOU want to know a lot about Martin Scorsese, the American film director, and pick......

The Blind Tyranny Of A Wicked Stepmother

Stepsons by Robert Liddell (Peter Owen, £14.95) Sarah Sackville West ELSA Blankenheim always wanted to succeed but until she reaches young middle age, success eluded her. Her......

Who Set Off The Big Bang?

The Mind of God by Paul Davies (Simon & Schuster, £16.99) Peter Fleming THE Catholic Church has a mixed record when it comes to dealing with scientists. Some it hauled up......

Awake To Lent's Real Passions

Touch Wood: Meeting the Cross in the World Today by David Runcorn (Darton, Longman and Todd, £6.95) Awake to Life! The Easter Cycle by Fr Alexander Men (The Bowerdean Press,......

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Can There Be Two Kinds Of Truth?

A Catholic headteacher looks back on events which forced him to retire from his post AS the years pass by I am able to reflect more calmly on the events which led to my taking......

The Disarmament Myth Exploded

FOR long years nuclear deterrence was the subject of active debate by Christians. In many different ways the point was always made by those who defended nuclear deterrence that......

A Child Of Africa Who Knew Holiness

The founder of Opus Dei is not the only one to he beatified in May. Fr Claudio Rossi SJ tells the story of a slave-girl who found God, who is to share Mgr Escriva's big day. IN......

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Striking Accord With Music Past

WINDOWS ON THE SOUL by Timothy Elphick IF YOU think modern church music is moody strumming on guitars and clapping hands in the aisles to songs not even the parish choir can......

Humour Real And Imagined

TWO new comedies from BBC': So Haunt Me on Sunday and Mulberry on Monday evening. So Haunt Me, written by Paul From May to December Mendelson is about the Rokebys: Pete and......

Cracks In The Clay That Show Up Only In The Kiln

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards Sirach 27, 4-7 1 Corinthians 15, 54-58 Luke 6, 39-45 THE book of Sirach, also known by its Latin name as Ecciesiasticus, provides this......

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Working Miracles On Stage

Brendan Walsh AFTER 11 years I can still remember the first time I saw the Irish playwright Brian Friel's Faith Healer at London's Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. There......

Conscripts Drafted Into Prayer

GOD is found in solitude and silence! Few reputable spiritual traditions dispute this. Longstanding in Christian tradition is the dictum that nobody makes progress in the......

A Musical Tradition In The Valleys That Has A History

Thoughts from a Welsh parish Coronation Street Aberkenfig Mid Glamorgan THIS Sunday March 1 is the feast of St David, patron of Wales. A common cliche about Wales is the "Land......

Down 1 Agitate About King's Riding Requisite? (7) 2 Pub

upset side being in a particular place (9) 3 In a high-minded way only worried about bachelor (5) 4 Lands in Maryland, Virginia etc? (7) 6 Communist given appointment having......