SOVIET UNION

Mother Teresa’s Request

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose religious order operates charities in 77 nations, including at least three Communist countries, has asked the Soviet government for permission to work among victims of last year’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster.

The Roman Catholic nun spent six days in the Soviet Union at the invitation of the Soviet Committee for the Defense of Peace, according to the New York Times. The committee is a state-approved organization that promotes the official Soviet view on arms control and sponsors exchanges with peace groups in other countries.

Mother Teresa’s religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, wants to work among people who were resettled after the Chernobyl nuclear accident.” … I’m hoping that we’ll be able to bring some sisters here and to do the same work together, all of us, to do something beautiful for God,” she said.

If the Soviet government grants her request, it would signal a shift in policy. Soviet law prohibits religious organizations from doing charitable work on the grounds they might use it to win converts. Igor P. Filin, of the Soviet Committee for the Defense of Peace, said the government was interested in “joint projects” with Mother Teresa. But he said the nature of those projects had not been worked out.

NIGERIA

No Religious Advertising

The Nigerian government has issued a ban on all religious advertising in both print and electronic media. The new rules also prohibit the publication of any statement championing a religious cause, according to All Africa Press Service.

The government notice said the ban was intended to “check the abuse of fundamental liberty with its ...

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