Cardinal Roger M. Mahony.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles has announced that he will
take an Oct. 6-29 sabbatical to visit Catholics in several central
African countries and to travel to artistic and architectural sites in
Italy. The cardinal said he has received permission from the Vatican to
take sabbaticals each October for the next several years. An aim of the
sabbaticals is to enable Mahony to visit parts of the world "where
newer, younger Catholic churches are taking root and beginning to
flourish," the cardinal wrote in his archdiocesan newspaper.