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Champion of pro-life movement dies at 85
BY SIMON CALDWELL
PHYLLIS BOWMAN, a founder of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and Right to Life pressure groups, has died in hospital at the age of 85.
The distinguished campaigner was surrounded by family and friends when she died in Hammersmith Hospital, west London, at 11.20am on Monday.
Miss Bowman had been ill for several months, but even though she often struggled to breathe without oxygen she would still continue to work from her hospital bed, dictating letters and directing the activities of Right to Life.
She was admired by those with whom she worked for her courage, energy, intelligence, and political acumen.
Lord Alton of Liverpool was among those who paid tribute to her in the hours after her death, describing her as a figure comparable to such women as Elizabeth Fry, Florence Nightingale, Emmeline Pankhurst, Cicely Saunders, Mother Teresa and Sue Ryder.
“For half a century Phyllis has been an indefatigable champion of the unborn child and for the sanctity of human life,” the Catholic crossbench peer said.
“Her tireless efforts, right up to her final illness and last days, serve as an inspiration to the next generation. She was an extraordinarily talented woman, utterly dedicated, highly articulate, politically shrewd and the possessor of an encyclopaedic memory... her early training as a Fleet Street journalist never left her short of things to say.
“Her Christian faith and her beloved husband, Jerry, kept her strong throughout years of having to fight endless battles against abortion, embryo experimentation, human cloning and euthanasia.”
Ann Widdecombe, the former Conservative Home Office Minister and a
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The Swiss Guard marches on to Facebook
THE PONTIFICAL Swiss Guard has opened a page on Facebook in an effort to boost recruitments.
Facebook.com/gsp1506 was launched “to open a window” and better inform young people about the Swiss
Guard, according to its commander, Colonel Daniel Anrig.
“We want to improve communication with young people who otherwise might not have an opportunity to find out what the Pontifical Swiss
Guard really is,” he told journalists last week, the day before 26 new guards were sworn in to the service. Applications to serve are open to Swiss male citizens who served in the Swiss Army, are Catholic and under 30.
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Archbishop: young must be taught ‘full sweep’ of faith
BY ED WEST
YOUNG people should be taught the full sweep of faith and not just catechists’ favourite parts, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said at a conference in Rome.
The archbishop was speaking at the European Congress on Catechesis, which was held this week to discuss the evangelisation of young people from the ages of seven to 16.
Archbishop Nichols, who was first to address the gathering, said that it was easy to only catechise the “attractive aspects” of the faith, leaving out the “more difficult, or more counter-cultural”.
He said: “It is so easy for us all, and for those who work with youngsters, to concentrate on what might seem to be favourite and attractive aspects of our faith, relegating as ‘for later’ those other aspects which are more difficult, or more counter-cultural. Obviously our presentation of faith has to be sensitive to age and capacity. But it should not, on that account, be over-selective. After all, the full sweep of the articles of faith are just that: interconnected dimensions which, taken together as joined – or articulated – make up the whole of the Gospel invitation as understood and lived in the Tradition of the Church.”
The Congress, which was organised to mark the Year of Faith, was promoted by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences. It was attended by bishops, directors of national offices and groups responsible for catechesis within the bishops’ conferences of Europe.
At Pentecost the Catholic Education Service (CES) is to announce a change to the Religious Education curriculum
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Fr Tim Gardner, the CES secretary for evangelisation and catechesis, said that Archbishop Nichols was looking for a “fresh look” and “one that presents the faith in its fullness”.
He said: “He is suggesting that we are shying away from aspects of the faith which are actually attractive to a lot of people. They are looking for an account of life and human flourishing that is not just what the secular world gives them but is something greater.”
At the conference Archbishop Nichols said there was “a need for fresh vigour and imagination” in evangelisation. Europe was in particular need, he said, because “Europe is the focus of so much tension between the summons of the Gospel and the call of a way of life which is seen, understood, developed and lived without any reference to the reality of God whatsoever”.
“Many young people,” he said, “are filled with an instinctive generosity, an intuitive sense of hope and a desire to know and discover the underlying patterns and purpose of their existence and their experiences. These aspirations are a source of great hope to us all.”
One of the aims of the Year of Faith is to explore new initiatives for helping “people to deepen their knowledge of the faith in the Church”. The archbishop said: “Central to this work for the Year of Faith is the Catechism of the Catholic Church,” adding that the Catechism “holds before us the task of presenting the faith in its entirety, in its symphonic wholeness”.
Holy See archivist says that key Vatican II files have gone missing
BY DAVID V BARRETT
THE ARCHIVE of all the documentation from the Second Vatican Council is disorganised and some of it is missing, according to an archivist writing in L’Osservatore Romano.
Piero Doria, an archivist of the Secret Vatican Archive, said that at the end of the Council in 1967, at the request of Pope Paul VI, “a temporary office for the printing of the proceedings of the Council,
and for the scientific organisation of all archive material” was set up. The Pope was aware, he said, “how the history of the councils teaches that it was important right from the start to avoid theological deviation or subjective interpretations of the documents”.
But the archive was “the combination of multiple personal archives”. When the material was eventually brought together in the Secret Vatican Archive in March 2000 it was contained in 2,001
unnumbered envelopes. When Mr Doria began to study the material “the complexity of its nature became evident immediately,” he said.
Many original documents, including all the responses of the bishops, had been removed to allow the drafting of the volumes Acta et Documenta. When returned they were out of order. Even during the Council itself, secretaries would often take work home with them. “In some cases these papers were lost, other times they were fortunately recovered,” he said.
Among the documents still missing is the register of protocol of the theological commission and of the commission “De doctrina fidei et morum”.
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Aide recalls Queen meeting John XXIII BY FRANCIS X ROCCA
THE PERSONAL secretary of Blessed Pope John XXIII has recalled his former employer’s historic meeting with Queen Elizabeth II in 1961.
Archbishop Loris Capovilla, now 96, took up the position in 1958, just after Blessed John XXIII was elected. He said that when the pope and the Queen met they spoke in French. The pope, he said, asked her to say her children’s names aloud, “because children’s names acquire a particular sweetness on a mother’s lips”.
Archbishop Capovilla said that just a few days after John XXIII’s election he said his desk was piling up with “problems, questions, requests, hopes”. “What’s really necessary,” the late pope said, “is a Council.”
Romano Prodi lecture tickets free for readers BY ED WEST
FIFTY free tickets are to be given away for this year’s John Henry Newman lecture.
Sets of Challenges” at the Garden Quadrangle auditorium in St John’s College, Oxford, on Tuesday May 15 at 5pm.
The talk, sponsored by The Catholic Herald, will be given by former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi.
The former president of the European Commission will speak about “Christianity and Globalisation: Two
Established in 2008 with a talk by Cardinal Walter Kasper, the event is hosted by the three Catholic Halls of Oxford University.
Tickets can be applied for by emailing pa–regent@ bfriars.ox.ac.uk.
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