ACTOR Christopher Lambert is to play the late Fr Jerzy Popieluszko, the pro-Solidarity priest murdered in 1984, in a film based on his life due to be released later this year. The film, called To Kill a Priest, is being made in France.
THE POPE welcomed the new Jamaican ambassador to the Vatican last week and said that international peace and justice required that no nation be excluded from the "good things" of the world if there is to be "true justice".
SOUTH African bishops have welcomed a government education programme against AIDS but condemned the distribution of condoms as part of the campaign. The South African "safer sex" campaign was launched last week, appealing to all races to limit relations to single partners.
POPE John Paul II has praised lay apostolic movements for providing a new evangelical impetus to the Church. "Such movements merit recognition and fundamental support" he told a group of visiting bishops from West Germany.
CATHOLIC Minister for Overseas Development, Christopher Patten, has announced a new capital grant to Tanzania for £20 million. "The new finance will be dependent on Tanzania maintaining its economic recovery programme which we would expect to be in the context of an agreement with the IMF" said Mr Patten.
THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE and the Inter-American Development Bank are co-sponsoring a conference in London on February 11-12 on the economic position of Latin America. The conference will be held at the Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly.
THE VATICAN's doctrinal congregation is studying the moral aspects of non-payment of taxes by Catholics who object to the way the revenue is used, an official has confirmed. The study comes after several bishops and priests in Italy gave public support to a growing "fiscal objection" movement, in which citizens have refused to pay the portion of tax that would be used for military spending.
INDONESIA'S bishops have forbidden Catholic hospitals from using in vitro fertilization. The ban is contained in the bishops' conference ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals and declares that "a human being should only be born through marital union and in the atmosphere of natural love between the couple".