William Cardinal Baum, archbishop of Washington, is one of 10 candidates for the offices of president and vice president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference. The bishops will vote at their annual meeting here Nov. 14 through 17.
The president will be elected from among the 10 by a simple majority. The same procedure will then be used to select the vice president from the remaining nine candidates.
Guru Maharaj Ji, 19-year-old leader of the Divine Light Mission in Denver, became an American citizen in U.S. District Court there. The guru, who claims to have 30,000 followers, was sworn in under his legal name, Perm Pal Sangh Rawat.
Marena Belle Williams of Kansas City was the first black elected to head the North American Baptist Women's Union at its sixth assembly in Freeport, Bahamas.
Evangelist Billy Graham, received the first National Interreligious Award from Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum of the American Jewish Committee at the groups national executive council meeting in Atlanta. He was honored for "his contributions to human rights, the support of Israel, combatting antisemitism, and strengthening mutual respect and understanding between evangelical and Jewish communities."
Washington State Superior Court Judge James A. Noe was elected chief presiding officer for the General Assembly, General Board and Administrative Committee of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at their general meeting in Kansas City.
Msgr. Geno C. Baroni, assistant secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, received the first Frances Cabrini Social Justice Award, from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., Board chairman James J. Maguire presented the award saying, "At the turn of the century, Frances Cabrini began a network of social organizations in the United States aimed at alleviating the sufferings of Italian immigrants. One of her greatest concerns was the lack of sympathetic priests to work with her conationals. She yearned to see the day when an Italo-American clergy would develop and the sons of immigrants would assume leadership positions in the American church. Geno Baroni would have warmed the heart of Mother Cabrini."