7th August 1992

7th August 1992
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South African Archbishop Warns Pretoria To Concede On...

face bloodshed and anarchy by Timothy Elphick CHURCH leaders in South Africa this week warned the government of F W de Klerk that it could lose control of the country if it......

Re Given Boost

by Government by Crtstina Odone THE GOVERNMENT has emphasised its commitment to religious education in a document released this week by the Department of Education. Calling RE......

Olive Branch

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome PRESSURE on China's Catholic clergy who are faithful to Rome could be alleviated in the autumn. Vatican observers said this week. But hopes of new......

Political Damnation

POLITICIANS who sin while in office will pay a more severe penalty in hell than the ordinary citizen, theologians in Italy decided this week. A number of leading Italian......

Inside

LATTERDAY SAINT Honouring Leonard Cheshire, a hero of war and peace, page 3 NATION IN CRISIS Maggie Patterson, of the Catholic Institute for International Relations, charts the......

Cardinal Hume To Be Our Man In Poland

by Lucy Lethbridge CARDINAL BASIL Hume has been invited to be the Pope's special delegate at the anniversary of the International Meeting of Youth held at Jasna Gora in Poland......

Human Rights Champion Cardinal Tomasek Dies

CARDINAL Frantisek Tomasek, the Primate of Czecholovakia, died Tuesday night in his home city of Prague. The Cardinal, born in Moravia in 1899, was appointed an Auxiliary......

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Rome Moves Closer To Rabin's Israel

ALMOST half a century after the foundation of the State of Israel. the Vatican has taken a significant move towards the establishment of diplomatic relations. Rome has announced......

Respect Orthodox, Soviet Catholics Instructed

CATHOLICS working in the former Soviet Union must make sure that they do not compete, or are perceived to be competing, with the Orthodox Church, a new Vatican document said......

Gallery Plan For New York

A NEW Yorker has announed a £25 million appeal to open what she believes will be the first Catholic art museum in the United States. Christina Cox said the idea came to her......

Climate Of Terror In Guatemala

A "POLITICAL" tradition of terror continues to haunt Guatemala, a Church agency in the Central American country said this week, Despite USsponsored moves towards democracy,......

National Organisation Of Catholic Laymen

Established 1983 And so we are brought to the consideration of our Organisation, which is to express and fulfil the Catholic Man's Duty to God; its Aims and its Principles.......

Vatican Delegate Slams Western Governments Over Refugees

IT is "incomprehensible" that two million refugees from the former Yugoslavia are without homes, work or food in one of the world's wealthiest continents, the Vatican's......

News In Brief

Pope halts audiences POPE John Paul II has cancelled all private and public audiences until further notice, the Vatican has announced. The 72 - year - old pontiff is to rest......

Nuns Get Pay Rise

WOMEN religious in one American diocese are to receive a market wage rather than their traditional stipend, it has been decided. Announcing the new arrangement, Vince Frasher,......

Ciir Reports On Human Rights Abuse In Colombia

VIOLATION of human rights in Colombia has escalated to a "horrifying level of violence", spokesmen for the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) and Christian......

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Homeless Crisis Worse, Says Church

by Cristilm Odone MORE than a million houses should be built to house Britain's homeless, according to a report released by an ecumenical group in Sheffield last week. The......

Catholics Urge Jobs Action For Disabled

by Timothy Elphick CATHOLIC doctors and workers for the disabled this week greeted with dismay figures showing that one in four disabled people are out of work. A survey......

Row Over 'blasphemous' Film On Jesus Hits Bbc

A FURORE has broken out over plans by the BBC to show a film about Jesus this autumn. The BBC received a record number of complaints over Martin Scorsese's film The Last......

Lay Ministers Fail To Fill The Pews

A NEW Church of England Survey shows that parishes where there is no resident parish priest, are less likely to attract regular church - goers. The survey, which has been......

Vigil Remembers Nuclear Holocaust

THE full horror of the nuclear holocaust caused by the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its aftermath of suffering is being marked by a vigil outside London's......

Praise Floods In For Leonard Cheshire

GROUP Captain Lord Cheshire VC was the most decorated fighter pilot of the Second World War, yet in later life, he received his life peerage and his OM for his outstanding......

Human Rights Concern

CHILDREN murdered by death squads in the cities of Latin America and forced to bear arms In civil wars are among the victims of human rights abuse whose plight Is highlighted by......

Bishops' Diaries

MOST of the Bishops are still on a well-deserved summer break. However, Bishop John Jukes, area Bishop of Kent, will celebrate Mass at West Mailing parish, in his diocese, on......

News In Brief

Classroom raisers THE pupils of falling Castle, the prep school for Ampleforth, have raised £4,300 for the sewer children of Colombia. The boys have had, among other......

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Survivor's Lip-service To Family Values

DESMOND ALBROW ONE OF the more irritating aspects of cultivating this blessed plot in the Catholic Herald garden on a fortnightly basis is that many of the lurid, if not the......

In Low Week 1982, The Bishops'conference Commissioned...

In November 1988, I was appointed by the Conference to be responsible for Catechetical matters. Since that time, I have lived with the preparation of "Here I Am" (Catholic......

I Sympathise With The Anglican Clerics Writing To You From

London (Catholic Herald, July 24) but, whilst considering their stance on female ordination, they should be regarding their own situation also. All over the world are......

Two-tiered Health Care System

I READ with great interest Dr Mc Brien's response to Fr Ronald Rolheiser's column on his sister's death in hospital (Catholic Herald July 24). MP McBrien, a hospital surgeon......

Our Catholic Ancestors Who Suffered So Greatly

GERALD Noel has a very odd idea of what constitutes "minimal" anti-Catholic persecution (Catholic Herald, July 17). Weekly fines, imprisonments, loss of goods and property — the......

Thank You, Fr Medcalf, For Opening Our Eyes

MAY I be permitted to say a few words in thanks to Fr Medcalf for (I) dedicating his life from an early age to the Catholic priesthood in the service of God. (2) Spending the......

No Faith In Schools

IN HER article on convent schools (Catholic Herald, July 17) Lucy Lethbridge mentions a request from the Students'Union of Digby Stuart College to install a condomvending......

C Of E Bleak Finances

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Peter Harding (Catholic Herald, July 24) that in the Church as elsewhere, there should be "no taxation without representation". However, I think he......

Short Cut To The Top

CHEATING and cheaters have grabbed the headlines lately: the toothy David Mellor cheated on his wife and brawny Olympic athletes cheated (unwittingly?) fellow-sportsmen and......

Papal No

THE HOLY Sec is poised to recognise Israel. Finally, after 44 years of what amounts to a diplomatic slap in the face, the Jewish State is now acknowledged by the moral authority......

Woman's World Day Of Prayer: Date Correction

I READ with some alarm the article on the Woman's World Day of Prayer movement (Catholic Herald, July 24). What a pity that such an excellent article should be inaccurate. The......

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A Nation On The Edge Of The Abyss

Margaret Patterson considers the future for South Africa as it plungesinto violence "WE are being slaughtered by the government, and you are like a lamb." This was the singing......

Miracle Show Expected Tonight!

"I WANT you to know that I am expecting many great miracles to take place here ... I'm expecting an awesome move for cripples in this building tonight". During the recent......

David Bowe, Labour Mep, On Britain's Chairmanship Of The Ec

Christendom at a crossroads European Viewpoint IN 1988, the European Council declared: "Completion of the Single Market should not be an end in itself. It should have as its......

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The Bourgeois Radical

Tony Berm by Jad Adams (Macmillan £20) Desmond Albrow IN the far-distant days of 1947 when I first clapped eyes on him he was known as Anthony Wedgwood Benn. He was young and......

A Tour Of

Jesuit Jamaica History of the Catholic Church in Jamaica by Francis .1 Osborne, Si (Loyola University Press, 3441 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago IL 60657, $15.99) Michael Walsh ON MAY......

Comfort For Those Left Behind

Making the Most of a Funeral by Jenny Hockey (Cruse Bereavement Care, £3.25; The Empty Bed by Susan Wallbank (Darton Longman & Todd, £7.95) Vera Waters JENNY Hockey was for five......

Treasures Of Papal Bookworms

THE Vatican Library, one of the world's great collections of illuminated manuscripts and bibliophile treasures. has remained largely hidden from public gaze for centuries. The......

Step Back Into Britain's History

Dictionary of Genealogical Sources in the Public Record Office by Stella Coldwell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20) John Laffin THIS book is in effect a conducted tour around the......

Ripples In A Quiet Pool

Very Old Bones by William Kennedy (New York: Viking £14.99) Fleur Dorrell SET IN 1958, this is the sixth novel in the Albany series, with Orson Purcell as the novel's......

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"lord, Let Me Preach Thee... By My Example"

THE PARISH of Om Lady and St Joseph, Dalston, is home to three "unsung saints". Sheila Collins works by day in the Admissions Section of a busy London hospital. For the last......

To Be Gay And Catholic

David Browne, Secretary of the BBC Lesbian and Gay Group, looks at the recent letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on gay rights and finds it......

Giving Hope To Orphans In Romania

Joan Sulsh follows the footsteps of a policeman whose mission is among Romania's orphans A CATHOLIC Deacon who devoted his spare time to sick children in Romania has now......

Public And Private Mourning Rituals

We must make room in our lives for death, for mourning can be a time for both separation and unity, writes Rebecca Abrams IN THE middle of the noise and bustle of Cairo there......

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Right Royal Breakfast

GALLERIES by Leigh Hatts ONE of the worst attended exhibitions in London is Sovereign, celebrating 40 years of the Queen's reign. at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Many have......

Core Of Gold In Big Apple

BROADCAST NEWS by Joanna Moorhead NOWHERE, however violent its reputation, however dangerous its streets, is without its people and places touched by God. Annie Gregg, roaming......

Simple But Powerful Sign Of The Bread And Wine

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards Wisdom 18, 6-9 Hebrews 11, 1-2 8-19 Luke 12 32-48 THE second reading this Sunday, as in all subsequent Sundays in August, is taken from......

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London Alive With The Sound Of Music

THEATRE by Jonathan Kent The Sound of Musk, the everpopular musical, has been revived at Sadler's Wells theatre, and runs until September 5. If there are any seats left, try and......

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Major To Cool Mellor's Toes?

Christopher Monckton JUDGING by the wriggle-bywriggle accounts of Mr David Mellor's affair with an actress that were gleefully printed in certain newspapers never intended for......

Man Equals Woman?

RENE Descartes acted on a hunch. He felt that all problems could be solved if they could be captured in a mathematics formula. I also have a hunch. Physics is the first......

Keeping Up Appearances In The Dioceses

Letter from Portugal THE DIOCESE of Portalegre is so short of priests that the bishop is authorising duly-prepared laymen to preside at funerals. He is shortly issuing a......