30th October 1992

30th October 1992
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Churches Call On Government Not To Abandon Refugees

by Cristina °done CHURCH leaders and social action groups are urging Christians to protest against the asylum bill issued last week by writing to their MPs and lobbying......

Parishes With Space Lend A Hand

by Angus Macdonald AS A wave of refugees and asylum-seekers from the former Yugoslavia swamps aid agencies in London, refugee workers say the need for temporary accommodation in......

Hume Seeks Help For Homeless

by Timothy Elphick CARDINAL Basil Hume has called for a radical rethink of Government housing policy to tackle the growing tide of homelessness sweeping Britain. Cardinal Hume......

Wedding Bells In Class

THE sacrament of marriage has come into vogue at a school in Wales, where pupils are downing their exercise books to walk up the classroom aisle hand in hand. The children at......

Papal Visit To Israel 'possible'

by our Rome correspondent DIPLOMATIC contrasts clouded an otherwise "highly cordial" meeting last weekend between Pope John Paul II and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.......

Bishop For Renewal

by Murray White THE hierarchy in England and Wales has renewed links with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement for the first time in more than a decade. Bishop Ambrose......

End Of The World Is Nigh?

IF YOU'VE ever wondered what the sound of trumpets at the end of the world would be like, you may be in luck the Day of Judgement could be on its way sooner than you think.......

Franciscans To Bring Animals Two By Two

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome ITALIAN Franciscans are spearheading a worldwide campaign for a last-minute review of an article in the Church's new Universal Catechism which they......

Bear One Another's Burdens, And So Fulfil The Law Of Christ

Galatians 6:2 RSV There are over 800,000 refugees being cared for in Croatia in a population of 4.5 million. There is virtually nowhere to accommodate them and so they are......

Inside

THE MAN WHO CHASED HIS HAT: Richard Ingrams reveals the real GK Chesterton, page 5 BRAVE NEW WORLD: Ian Linden wraps up the Latin American bishops' conference at Santo Domingo,......

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= , John Paul 11 Warns Thousands Could Die In Bosnia If...

Pope pleads for aid to save civilian lives by Timothy Elphick THOUSANDS of civilians trapped by the war in Bosnia Herzegovina will not survive the winter months unless......

Vatican Star Gazing Finds Signs Of Extra-terrestrial Life

VATICAN astronomers appear to have made an important breakthrough in the search for life outside the earth's solar system. The findings were made known this week when......

Jackpot Nun Faces Future

THE 71 year-old Californian nun who was last week named as the lucky winner of a one million dollar jackpot has been trying to come to terms with her good fortune. "If only my......

Sa Bishops Voice Fears Over Amnesty

SOUTH Africa's Catholic bishops have strongly criticised a government bill that would grant a general amnesty for people convicted of "political crimes". "For such an amnesty......

Church Turns On Green Light

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners need look no further than the Christian message for a solution to the earth's ecological crisis, the Pope told organisers of the 1992 International St......

Church

stung by cash crisis A DRAMATIC fall in cash offerings to the Italian Church may force the hierarchy to dip into Third World charity funds next year to pay clergy's wages. The......

Anger Over 'sleaze'

CHURCH - LED groups across the United States joined together in protest this week against the publication of the pop-star Madonna's new book of erotica, Sex. Robert Peters,......

News In Brief

Convent explosion A BOMB exploded last week at a convent in the Philippines. The incident, at the Dominican /Missionary Sisters of the fRosary's Convent in gamhoanga City, 525......

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Pro-lifers Mark Abortion Act With Call For Funding

A MILL Hill missionary led a nine-day fast for the unborn this week as scores of pro-life supporters took part in a march on Downing Street to mark the 25th anniversary of the......

Women's Ordination Embraced

MEMBERS of the Catholic Renewal Movement (CRM) have given unanimous support to a motion supporting the Church of England's move to approve the ordination of women to the......

The Festival Of Light Explained

DO YOU know what Jainism is? Would you know how to celebrate "Diwtdi"? From this week, a number of Catholics will be able to answer a resounding "yes" to both questions, for......

Bishops Diaries

A NUMBER of the bishops are in Dublin this weekend for the 150th anniversary celebrations of All Hallow's College. They include Archbishop Michael Bowen of Southwark, Bishops......

Bishop Outlines Practical Four-point Plan For Combating...

Churchmen spearhead fight against pit closures by Angus Macdonald BISHOP John Jukes joined a string of opposition politicians, trades unionists and Churchmen at a huge London......

Heritage Hand-out

CHURCHES, dioceses and independent church groups may be able to bid for the right to manage ancient ecclesiastical sites under new cost-cutting plans announced by English......

Together Under One Roof

CATHOLICS in a southern English parish are considering inviting neighbouring Anglicans to share their church in an act of practical ecumenical co-operation. Arundel and......

News In Brief

Catholics in NI still come top CATHOLICS continue to form the largest single religious denomination in Northern Ireland, according to figures just released from the 1991......

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Knocking On Closed Doors

TRADITIONALLY, asylum-seekers are among the Chosen People: for millennia the people of Israel have fled persecution and sought solace in foreign lands, and in the New Testament,......

How Green Were Their Valleys

Desmond Albrow THERE is, of course, a grim irony in the fact that the Tories are in desperate trouble for wanting to close down the mines. In the period before the 193945 War......

It Was A Confusing Experience To Read The Centre Pages

of the Catholic Herald (23rd October) whilst endeavouring to consume my Friday evening collation. To the right of my plate lay William Oddie, albeit in the context of weightier......

Perhaps Gb Lyons (catholic Herald, October 23) Or "jones" Of

Moral Theology can explain to us why it would be a "grave sin for any woman to serve at the altar". Why should an anatomical difference between male and female make the latter......

Mr Noel's Irish Lecture Follow-up Sought

AFTER Gerard Noel's Lecture on the Irish origins of England's Christian Faith (Catholic Herald, October 16) I hope that Mr Noel can be persuaded to give a follow-on lecture on......

As Head Of Theology/re At St Philip's Roman Catholic Sixth

Form College, I was saddened to read not one but a number of inaccuracies and misrepresentations about the Catholic ethos of the college to William Oddie (Catholic Herald,......

Digest

I WRITE in response to JV Thornton's letter (Catholic Herald, September 28). As one wise man said, man cannot stand too much reality. God's truth is the ultimate reality; but......

Collaborating With The Deaf

WHILST at the British Deaf Association Congress in the summer, my husband, Mike and I went along to the Catholic service for delegates on the Sunday morning. We assumed that the......

Spitting Angry About Mocking Rubber Portrayal Of Jesus...

Spitting Image rubber puppet Christ appeared on TV, both Catholic and Anglican decided that it would be prudent to make no public protest. The Muslims thought differently and......

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Gk Chesterton: The Man Behind The Myth

Richard Ingrams on the man who believed in miracles IT COULD be argued that GK Chesterton was a journalist rather than a writer of books and hence the fact that he is not so......

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Thoughts From The Last Days

Theological Investigations, Volume XXIII, Final Writings by Karl Rahner (Darton Longman & Todd, £30) Brian Ferme Si THE profound and far-reaching influence of Karl Rahner on......

Paths To The Same Summit

Judaism & Christianity Eight booklets from the Council of Christians and Jews edited by Sr Margaret Shepherd (CCJ, £1 each or £6 per set) Fr Michael Seed THE day I read these......

National Organisation Of Catholic Laymen

October 1992 Letter The Way Forward OUR August Letters this year dealt firstly with the Aims and objectives of our Organisation, and secondly on setting out the two Laity......

Sombre Moments Of Humour In The Sicilian Underworld

Men of Honour the Truth about the Mafia by Giovanni Falcone with Marcelle Padovani, translated by Edward Farrelly (Fourth Estate, £13.99) George Bull "WHEN the Mafia makes......

Paperback Round-up

The Pilgrim's Guide: A 12th Century Guide for the Pilgrim to St James of Compostella (Confraternity of St James. 45 Dolben St, London SE!. £4.95 incl postage). The first ever......

Graham Greene's Diary Of Dreams

A World of My Own by Graham Greene (Reinhardt Books, £12.99) Maurice Nassan THE world of dreams is a world of its own a fantastic, sometimes humorous and illogical world. All......

A Material Girl Zooms In On The Catholic Image

Sex by Madonna (Martin Seeker and Warburg, £25) Timothy Elphick "THIS book is about sex. Sex is not love. Love is not sex. But the best of both worlds is created when they......

The Great Gift Of The Gab

The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches edited by Brian MacArthur (Viking, £17.99) Desmond Albrow IN CASE we were in danger of forgetting, this anthology of 20thcentury......

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We Are Not Plaster Saints

Fr John Mills OP concludes his current series on prayer by asking: What can we expect from prayer? Speaking of Prayer g y OU'RE definitely my last customer, Ron. I'm locking......

Grief Is Not The Hankie-mopping In Films

Novelist Clare Boylan experiences different kinds of bereavement Once a Catholic I T MUST have been someone very young, or very numb, who wrote: "Into each life a little rain......

Coping With The Inevitable End

As All Souls Day draws near, Rebecca Abrams examines her approach to bereavement following deaths in the family D EATH, it has often been remarked, is the price we pay for......

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An Invasion Of Privacy

BROADCAST NEWS by Joanna Moorhead UTTING EDGE (Channel 4, Monday) was back this week, not so much cutting as crashing into the lives of those often referred to as the......

Hallowe'en In Mexico: Skeletons At The Feast

' NOW ye that we GALLERIES by Leigh Hatts K are much busied with the great and constant labour... 500 temples rated to the ground and above 20,000 idols of the devils they......

A Truly Catholic Roster Of Saints, Which God Alone Knows...

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards Revelation 7, 2-4 9-14 I John 3, 1-3 Matthew 5,1-12a T HE word "catholic" derives from a Greek expression that denotes "the whole......

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Struggling With Growth

Ronald Rolheiser S OMEONE once suggested that we have two great struggles: The first half of life is spent struggling with the sixth commandment, the second half struggling with......

Settling Into The New World

Letter from El Salvador D EAR friends, It is just 12 days since I arrived in my new parish and exactly 500 years to the day since Columbus set foot on his New World. The......