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The Baptist Mission of South Haiti, with assistance from Worldteam, has established a congregation among Haitian refugees in Miami Beach, Florida. The congregation of more than 150 has rented an existing church building and called a Haitian pastor, currently a missionary pastor on the Island of Guadeloupe.

Bishops attending a Conference of Latin American Catholic Bishops (CELAM) assembly last month (a follow-up meeting to the much publicized CELAM III [March 23, issue, p. 46]) elected a conservative Colombian prelate as president. Archbishop Alfonso Lopez Trujillo narrowly edged out two progressive candidates.

The editor of a Catholic magazine in Poland is being interrogated by the secret police. Janusz Krupski, editor in chief of the independent quarterly Spotkania, was first picked up by police in Lublin on March 26.

Rebel French Roman Catholic Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre says he will ordain another thirty-one men to the priesthood before the end of the year. Suspended by Pope Paul VI in 1976 for opposing Vatican Council reforms—the ban against celebration of the Latin mass in particular—Lefebvre has continued to ordain priests in defiance of the suspension—most recently last Christmas Eve after his audience with Pope John Paul II. Lefebvre has appealed to the Pope to relax the ban on Latin mass, substituting a policy of laissez faire.

Converts among the Maguzawa people of northern Nigeria are increasing so rapidly that church leaders say “We are no longer able to keep count.” They are part of the predominantly Muslim Hausa tribe, and have been evangelized during the past two years mainly by pastors and Bible school graduates of the Evangelical Churches of West Africa (related to the Sudan Interior Mission). ECWA’s ...

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