6th March 1992

6th March 1992
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Catholic Mp Promised Changes After Hospital Monitoring...

Bottomley to tighten abortion loophole by Joanna Moorhead HEALTH minister Virginia Bottomley has promised a tightening up of the abortion monitoring procedures as the result of......

Vatican Negotiates With Orthodox To End Mistrust

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome AS TALKS between the Vatican and Orthodoxy opened in Geneva this week, the Department for Relations with Catholics of the Russian Orthodox Church......

Unity Centre Threatened

by Angus Macdonald AT A time when racism and anti-semitism is on the rise, the Centre for the Study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations the only one of its kind in Europe......

Eternal City Numbers Up

by our Rome correspondent VOCATIONS in the city of Rome, Pope John Paul's own diocese, are registering a slight upward trend with 152 new "entries" in seminaries. But,......

Much-loved Prelate Mourned

SCOTTISH Catholics were this week mourning one of their country's best-loved clerics, Bishop Charles Renfrew, who has died at the age of 62. Bishop Renfrew had been auxiliary......

Axe Attack At School

TWO Catholic secondary school pupils have been treated in hospital for shock after witnessing the aftermath of a killing in their playground. The youngsters, boys aged 14 and......

Pope Urges Pastoral Help For Divorcees

by our Rome correspondent VATICAN observers suggested this week that Pope John Paul 11's unexpected focus on the church's approach to divorce in his address to Scandinavia's......

Heseltine's Boost To Hostel Appeal

PROVIDENCE Row, the hostel for the homeless set up by a Catholic priest in the last century, received a double boost this week a visit from Environment Secretary Michael......

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News In Brief

Mediation in crisis CHURCH-sponsored talks aimed at ending Mozambique's 15 year-long civil war could collapse if a break-through is not made soon, the Comboni Missionaries......

Church Warns Of Civil War As Pro-democracy Violence Spreads

VIOLENT clashes between police their differences spreading and demonstrators have left Ivory "hatred and rancour" throughout Coast on the brink of civil war, the population,......

Vatican Reacts To Irish Furore Over Abortion

ROME this week responded for the first time to the furore in Ireland over a court ruling banning a 14-year-old rape victim from travelling to Britain for an abortion.......

Rome Denies Election Plot

VATICAN officials this week attempted to avert a crisis over relations between the Catholic Church and the Italian state, following an allegation by President Francesco Cossiga......

Pope Pleads For Native Peoples In Lenten Message

IN HIS Lenten message this week, Pope John Paul called on Catholics to remember the plight of indigenous peoples trapped in poverty in the third world, who he said were deined......

Keep Reforms On Track, Urge Bishops

by Timothy Elphick SOUTH Africa's Catholic bishops have appealed to voters in the country's whites-only referendum on a non-racial society to block the advance of neo-fascist......

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Daly Admits To 'unofficial' Ira Talks

by Angus Macdonald IN the wake of calls for the Catholic Church to become involved in direct talks with the IRA, Cardinal Cahal Daly this week indicated unofficial contacts......

Politicians Ignore Housing, Says Chas

by Joanna Moorhead BRITAIN'S political parties are showing "a distinct lack of will" to address crucial housing questions in the run-up to the General Election, the Catholic......

Making A Bee-line For Consultancy

A 93-YEAR-OLD Benedictine monk who is the world's most celebrated bee-keeper has stepped down from his post after advice from his superiors at a Devon Abbey. Br Adam has been......

Champion Chatterbox Hits London

A PARISH cub scout has made his maiden speech at the Houses of Parliament after winning his region's area championship in a public speaking competition. James Guy, nine, who is......

Why Irish Eyes Are Smiling In Wandsworth

ON the eve of St Patrick's Day, a startling new claim has been made that the Irish patron saint was born and brought up in Battersea, and had a family link with Wandsworth. The......

Bishops' Diaries

WELCOMING converts plays a large part in the bishops' diaries this week, starting with Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster, who conducts a rite of election at the cathedral on......

Surprise Bequest Boosts Chapel Restoration Appeal

A SURPRISE £100,000 bequest from a non-Catholic countess has got an appeal for restoration work on England's first postReformation Catholic church off to a great start. The......

Race On Churches' Agenda

RACE relations and the role of Britain and Ireland in Europe have emerged as central issues on the agenda of the churches in the next two years. Three hundred delegates from......

News In Brief

New green degree AGRICULTURE minister Baroness Trumpington was guest of honour this week at the launch at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, of a new degree course in......

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Sensitivity To A Church On Its Knees

THIS week's setting for a meeting aimed at salvaging relations between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox now at an all time low could hardly be more appropriate. Geneva,......

No Talk With The Deaf

SHOULD the Catholic hierarchy in Ireland engage in a dialogue with Sinn Fein? So far the paramilitaries have shown a resolute refusal to listen to anyone else's point of view.......

Why Parish Priests Can't Spare An Hour

AS a so-called "retired" priest I have in the past year had to look after five different parishes as resident priest not just on Sunday supply. I don't know which particular......

Escriva-in Advance Of Vatican Council

YOU have invited personal experiences of Opus Dei, and as I have only recently joined you might be interested in my experiences of the prelature, and in some of the reasons why......

Barrow's Fate

TERRY Waiting (February 28) argues we should build the fourth Trident so that Barrow may survive. However, if the human race is destroyed, Barrow is unlikely to survive! All......

Death Row Appeal

MANY of your readers will perhaps recall the poignant BBC documentary shown in 1987, Fourteen Days in May, depicting the story of a man about to be executed in America. More......

Shame Of Poor South Paying The Rich North

I WAS very pleased to read John Madeley's excellent review of third world debt in the Catholic Herald (God and Mammon: February 28). This is the kind of issue that Christians......

Lay Voice On Bishops Morals Of Deterrence

THE qualities Anthea Dove (February 28) expects to find in her ideal bishop are exactly the qualities that I have found in every bishop and priest I have met so far. In both......

The Correspondence Provoked By Brian Wicker's Article...

That case is this: we have a clear duty, Christian and nonChristian alike, to be witnesses before all men of the truth, but giving anyone to fear that in certain circumstances......

Facing Up To Differences With Judaism

WHATEVER may be the truth about the Pharisees and the Saducees in the gospels (Beryl Norman, February 28), the real divide between the beleiving Jew and the believing Christian......

Trouble Down Under

DESMOND ALBROW THE Poms and the Diggers are, thanks to the antics of Paul Keating, the Australian Prime Minster, at each other's throats again. He and his wife showed a lack of......

Celibacy From The Early Church

IN reply to Fr O'Hara (February 21) may I clarify my meaning in the phrase he takes exception to: that the early church's law of clerical celibacy has its roots in the teaching......

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Father Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do

THERE used to be a radio programme years ago called The Brains Trust. I don't know if you remember it? If you do, you'll certainly remember the name of Professor Jode. He was an......

The Unsung Heroes Of Singapore

Fifty years ago the British naval base at Singapore fell to the Japanese. Austin Lyons recalls the terrible price paid by Catholics in the occupied colony and the courage they......

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What's Good For Me Is Good For You Too

God and Mammon THE long term success of any business depends on its being able to operate in a healthy community from which, after all, both customers and staff are drawn. The......

Tilling The Fertile Earth Of Literature

Wynn Wheldon WHAT are collections such as this for? I suppose they fulfil the same role as those oldfashioned "weekend books" which can be such delightful finds in the......

Recovering Our Senses

Simon Rendall "WHAT is important now," wrote Susan Sontag, "is to recover our senses. We must learn to see more, to hear more, to feel more. The aim of all commentary on art now......

Madonna Of The Magnificat

Sandro Botticelli's painting of the Madonna of the Magnifica:, now in the Uffizi Museum in Florence, was painted in the mid 1480s. The facial types bear a strong resemblance to......

Good News From A Gloomy Calvinist

Lord Longford FEW of us will be surprised to find The Pilgrim's Progress described as the "most popular work of Christian spirituality ever written in English" and "as perhaps......

Encyclopedia Prize Competition

THIS Lent the Catholic Herald, in association with James Clarke & Co, the publishers, is offering readers the chance to win four two-volume sets of the Encyclopedia of the Early......

How The Church Took Root In The Ancient World

Fr B E Ferme SJ ANYONE visiting Oxford last August would have been struck by the even larger number of visitors than usual. They were obviously not tourists. In fact they were......

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A Way Of Faith Not Certainty

IF you are chronically sick and disabled your scope for holidays is somewhat limited. You need to be somewhere where there is adequate nursing care should you relapse. Having......

Contemporary Contemplation

THE worldwide revival of the ancient Christian practice of meditation, using a single prayer word or mantra, is a remarkable phenomenon of our times, according to Dom Laurence......

Feeling Blue Here's How To Put Yourself In The Pink

HAVE you ever noticed how some people always seem to wear grey or dull colours, whilst others wear bright and cheerful ones? Or felt your spirits lift when you walk into a room......

Come And Be Calm As Guests Of Our Monastic Houses

I AM writing from the Conference of Monastic Guestmasters and Guestmistresses at the Benedictine Abbey of Farnborough, Hampshire. What was so enriching about the previous......

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Owl And The Pussy Cat Under The Moon

GALLERIES by Leigh Hatts GUILLEM Ramos-Poqui's last exhibition in London was a great success with nearly every picture sold despite having only a two week run. Four years on,......

Tempted On A Mountain-top By The Kingdom Of The Earth

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards ON this first Sunday of Lent the church makes us read the story of Jesus' temptation in the desert. It is a dramatic account that......

The English Life Abroad

BROADCAST NEWS by Deborah Thomas DO you know how to walk down a flight of stairs in time to a metronome without touching the bannister, looking down or falling over? If not,......

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Born Again Into A Circle Of Piety

MANY of us today look askance at circles of piety, especially fundamentalist ones. Most mainline Christians share a common distrust and disdain for those who, with irritating......

Church Explosion In Frontier Territory

THE army that invaded Croatia last August was the Yugoslav federal army, not the army of Serbia. At that date there was no such thing as the Serbian army. This meant that many......

Parish Bumper Fun-bag Scores On Votes

St Peter's Catholic Community Shoreham by Sea Dear Friends WE had another little experiment in parish democracy last week and I finished up on the winning side for a change.......

Prize Crossword No 2251 Compiled By Chris Feetenby

Quotations from Sunday readings (1st of Lent): 3 across, 1,8 down ACROSS 1 Puts superfluous material in piano advertisements (4) 3 My father was a wandering _" (Deuteronomy 26)......