TWO Slovak Catholics, Jozef Holko and Anton Selecky, both aged 36, have been interrogated and had property confiscated by secret police as a direct result of their participation earlier this year in pilgrimages to Levoca and Sastin.
KENYA'S Catholic bishops have warned President Daniel Arap Moi that their country's ruling party is becoming totalitarian and is preventing reasoned discussion by treating any discussion of policies as disloyalty.
FR CHARLES CURRAN, the banned Catholic moral theologian, has been ommilted from the list of lecturers in a new course schedule planned for the next term at the Catholic University in Washington. Fr Curran has challenged the move, saying that the university has no right to act like this until his appeal against the Vatican's ruling has been dealt with.
ON TUESDAY, the Foreign Office was flooded by thousands of telephone calls and letters from all over the country in protest at the Government's offer to train a cadet from El Salvador's army. The cadet is due to arrive at Sandhurst in January, but this week protestors have sent the Foreign Office paper crosses, marked "45,654, October 1979 December 1985", the number of civilians killed by the Salvadoran army in this period.
THE FIRST shipload of relief supplies from Trocaire, the Irish bishops' agency for world development, has arrived in Vietnam to aid victims of the typhoon which has left 400 dead and 2,500 seriously injured.
SIGNORA Lidia Anelli Sbraglini, who feeds 50 stray cats in the Vatican every day, claimed this week that she has been banned from the grounds and is planning to appeal to the Pope to save the animals from starvation.
POLICH leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, hinted this week that the refusal of the Church to back his programme of political normalisation may endanger Pope John Paul's planned visit to his homeland in June. He said that he would set certain conditions for the Pope's visit unless the Polish episcopate showed more flexibility on political issues.
A SISTER of the legendary black South African leader, Robert Sobukwe, and her husband were assasinated this week. Mrs Barbara Ribiero and her husband Fabian, were shot dead on Monday in Mamelodi township, near Pretoria.