THE leaders of the four main Churches in Northern Ireland met with Prime Minister John Major at Downing Street this week to discuss recent efforts to find a solution to the problems of the province. The church leaders including Cardinal Cahal Daly, Primate of All Ireland emerged saying they were impressed with Mr Major's determination to put Northern Ireland at the top of his agenda.
LIVERPOOL'S Metropolitan Cathedral opened for weekend worship this week after the recent fire in the crypt which caused extensive smoke damage. The cathedral will remain closed on weekdays whilst a team of industrial cleaners moves in to clean up after the fire. Police suspect arson.
ONE of England's oldest parish
churches All Saints' Chapel at Wardour Castle near Tisbury
in Wiltshire has launched an appeal for /200,000 to
undertake essential structural repairs. Trustees say they have
already raised nearly £400,000. The chapel has been served by
the Society of Jesus since the sixteenth century.
ORGANISERS of the 1991 "March for Jesus" are hoping that more than 10,000 Catholics and Protestants from all over Ireland will converge on Dublin to pray for peace and reconciliation in Ireland. The rally is just one of 31 which are to take place on May 23 in European capitals from Reykjavik to Moscow when more than a million Christians will pray for a spiritual revival in Europe.
THE sweet strains of lute music, poems and songs from the 16th and 17th centuries will beguile candlelit diners in the crypt of London's Tyburn Convent next month. The Benedictine nuns of the convent, close to Hyde Park, are staging a "Music and Poetry" evening on July 2 in order to raise funds for the Tyburn rebuilding appeal.
THE Scottish Catholic Historical Association is holding a conference to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Entitled "A Celebration of Faith in History", the conference in Glasgow's City Chambers will feature lectures on Scottish Catholic history by prominent scholars.
LIVERPOOL'S Archbishop Derek Worlock will lead the celebrations at the consecration of the new church of St Aidan's in Huyton on June 19. The new church will be the fourth to serve the area.