From Our Vaults 31 Years Ago: August 13, 1989
Unjust elections in a climate of hope
In a pastoral letter, the bishops of Southern Africa say that despite “deep tensions”, the September 6 election—which is “unjust because it excludes the majority of the people”—nevertheless is taking place in a climate of hope for steps towards peace.
Hurley speaks for Boksburg clinic
Archbishop Denis Hurley of Durban travelled to Boksburg to speak in defence of the House of Mercy drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, founded by Fr Stan Brennan, which the Conservative Party-controlled council wants to close because the multi-racial clinic violates the Group Areas Act.
Italian missionary murdered in Angola
Italian Capuchin Father Amedeo Giulatti, 47, was killed in Angola in an ambush attributed to Unita guerillas. He with a local priest and two boys, who were unharmed in the attack, were on their way from Negage mission to pick up supplies and medicines. Fr Giulatti had been in Angola since 1986.
Rangers sign first Catholic player
Glasgow Rangers football club, traditionally supported by Protestants, have signed their first Catholic players in 116 years of existence. Mo Johnston previously played for Catholic club Celtic. While religious leaders are hopeful that Johnston’s signing will break down sectarian prejudices, a Rangers supporters’ club protested against the signing by laying a wreath outside the club’s Ibrox Park stadium and burning the Rangers flag.
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