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It is highly regrettable that the undue prominence given in the Press to the sad case of Maria Hertogh has thrown it out of its true perspective. Though we greatly deplore those sections of the Press that have exploited this topic for news, we are not without a good word for those others who see the problem in its true light by going to the heart of the matter.

Admittedly it is an exceptional case, and these hard cases make difficult law. However, without being dogmatic about it at the moment, as there are finer points still to be dealt with, we must accept the natural relationship which exists between the mother and her child.
What's it like in Heaven? Everyone would like to know the answer to that one. But as we grow older our vision of Heaven tends to become more and more abstract. So much so that many people have the idea that Heaven might be just a tiny bit boring. To redress the balance a little here are some samples from some school children in England who tell us what they think of Heaven. Strict theological accuracy may not be their strong point, but they leave us in little doubt that Heaven is a really lovely place to be.
The Feast of the Assumption is generally accepted as the principal feast day celebrated in honour of the ;Mother of God. By the Assumption is understood the passing of the Blessed Virgin, both body and soul, into Heaven. Although this belief has not been declared by the Church as an article of faith, nevertheless, Catholics from the early ages have so universally acce1Jted it that it cannot be denied.

There were some who once held that Mary did not suffer death since death is the punishment of sin, and Mary being without sin, could not die. But Mary could not have had privileges above her Divine Son. Her privileges depended upon her divine motherhood. Her Son died, therefore she also died. Her Son was human as well as Divine, Mary was His mother.
Definition of a gentleman, author unknown:

"A gentleman is a man who is clean inside and outside, who neither looks up to the rich nor down on the poor, who can lose without squealing, who can win without bragging, who is considerate to women, children, and old people, who is too brave to lie, too generous to cheat, and too sensible to loaf, who takes his share of the world's goods and lets other people take theirs."

The Malayan Catholic Newsletter, August 13, 1950. page 7
War is raging in Korea and millions there are in agony. How can we be indifferent to the fate of our Korean brothers and sisters'? They are all creature::; of God like ourselves. And among them are Catholics, redeemed as we have been redeemed, by Christ's Precious Blood, members of the great Christian family, our brothers and sisters in the Faith, who have a very special claim on our prayers. Catholic readers will be glad of some information at)Qut the Catholic oommunity in Korea.


It is an extraordinary fact, unique indeed in the history of the Church, that it was not missionaries who first carried Christ's teaching to the Koreans.
Tokyo (A. I. F.). - Considerable interest has been shown here in a letter written by a young lady eighteen years of age to the Yumiuri Shimbun, one of Japan's three largest newspapers. The writer mentioned that a friend had told her that it might be well for her to enter a convent rather than to commit suicide to escape from the worries and heartaches of this life. She therefore asked the newspaper for advice as to how she should proceed.
To Silence Priest

Manila (A.I.F.). A dispute that has been going on for some time here, and which came to a high point in the last weeks of May when a Government Official and a newspaper columnist discussed the role of the Catholic priest in Industrial Relations, has led to the publication of a memorandum by the Ateneo de Manila. The discussions came about; because of the activity of Father Walter Hogan S. J., Director of the - Institute of Social Order and a member of the Faculty of the Ateneo de Manila.

The discussions, in general, have been condemnatory of Father Hogan; so much so that the Ateneo de Manila felt obliged to issue its special memorandum in which it said "The Ateneo administration is honoured to have Father Hogan on its faculty, applauds his zeal and approves his teaching, not because it is his, but because it is the doctrine of the Catholic Church."
Possibly no one can name the exact reason why the Holy Hour in some churches is so poorly attended. Is it due to an alarming state of lukewarmness or coldness on the part of thousands of individual Catholics? The fact is that the Holy Hour is a public act of homage to the Eucharist Christ, begging Him for the gift of peace among the nations and offering reparation to the Most Blessed Sacrament.
EGOJI, Kenya, (NC)-When Fr. Valentine Ghilardi, I.M.C., arrived in Kenya 30 years ago as a newly ordained priest, he was shocked by the numbers of blind children who wandered about like animals, unkempt and unwanted.

These children were all but outcasts in the Wameru Tribe among whom the young Consolate missioner worked.

They could neither wash nor feed themselves, and many were completely naked.

But there was more pressing work at hand for the missioner from Turin, Italy. He had to build up the essentials of a mission: a Christian community life centred about a church, instruction of prospective converts, a school, a dispensary. For more than 20 years he laboured at the establishment of a mission, always with the hope of one day giving specialized care to the blind children.
NEW DELHI, India, (NC)- A bill aimed at restricting political activity by Catholics in India has been defeated m the lower house of the Indian Parliament.

The bill, sponsored by the Communist party, was denounced by State Minister of Home Affairs B.N. Dattar as motivated by a sense of "frustration" of communists "whom Catholics threw out of power in Kerala.

Only eight communist members of the house voted in favour of the bill.
In the case of a boy, off comes the hat. In the case of a girl, On goes the hat. This custom was established from the earliest days of the Church and is a nice custom that prevails today.

Next, bless yourself with Holy Water. Holy Water is a Sacramental and blessing ourselves with it is ano'her ancient custom which originally started with the Christian habit (adopted from Judaism) of washing hands before entering a church to show that you were spiritually clean.

The Malayan Catholic News, 1957

Storytellers in Japan have quite a unique trade. They go from town to town with their small theatre strapped On the back of their bicycles.

When a storyteller comes ol.l a likely looking spot he beats a wooden clapper to summon the childre.n of the neighbourhood. Then, when he gets a good-sized audience, he raises the curtain on the kamishibai, or paper play. Each act will depict the story he tells.

But shrewdly he stops at the climax of each act, and the children return the next day and the following day. Sometimes the story goes on for a month, before the children learn the ending. And naturally, on the side, the storyteller also sells candy.


The Malayan Catholic News, 1957

What is the Holy Childhood?
It is the children's share of the Propagation of the Faith; the chief means employed by the Pope to give to Catholic children an opportunity of carrying out God's command: "Go into the whole world, preach the Gospel to every creature."

When was it Founded?
It began in 1843, in France, founded by the Bishop of Nancy, the Most Reverend Charles Forbin Janson. The Bishop wanted the little children of France to help him in the work of saving Chinese babies.
There is a claim that a cut-off index finger has grown through his intercession.

PADRE Pio is being credited with a miracle after his death. Thanks to his intercession the index finger of a six-year-old girl, which had been cut off, is said to have grown again.

The case is known to the vice-postulator of his cause for beatification, Fr Gerardo Di Flumeri. The alleged miracle has been revealed by Livia Bounafede, the mother of the child. On July 15 1979, she, her husband Giuseppe, and the child - Lucia were on the beach in Italy, when Lucia's finger was cut off in a folding deckchair. Doctors were unable to sew the finger back.
Witnesses Inauguration Of Marian Year Rites

On the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, together with some of the priest-students from St. Peter's College, I went to see the magnificent basilica of St. Mary Major and also to see how Rome prepared itself for the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Marian Year.

The trams and trolleys were packed to capacity with devotees of Mary. All along the route by which the Holy Father was to pass in procession the next day, we found temporary barricades to keep in control the great crowds that were sure to gather to cheer the Vicar of Christ en route to the Marian Basilica to inaugurate the Marian Year.

As we drew near the Basilica we saw crowds of people pouring in and pouring out of the third largest one in Rome. It was six o'clock and the bells were ringing to remind the people of the mystery of the Incarnation and at the same time to ring in the Marian Year. The bells lasted 15 full minutes.
Pope Paul has called for a halt to excessive criticism of the Church by Catholics and especially by Catholic writers.

At his general audience last week, attended by about 4,000 Scots and about 6,000 other pilgrims, the Pope said that certain healthy aspects of church life were becoming "dangerous and harmful."

"Self-criticism, or the examination of conscience which a Christian must make concerning his own life, has turned into a habitual form of disputing."

"It is almost a normal thing now for Christians to beat the breasts of others instead of their own breasts, thus making our life together bitter and argumentative by depriving it of its charisms: concord, joy, and industry."
POPE John Paul arrived in New Delhi, India, Feb 1 for a 10-day, 14-city visit amidst very tight security and controversy.

Weeks before the Pope arrived, fundamentalist Hindu groups opposed the visit alleging the Pope planned to convert 200,000 people during his visit.

The Pope quickly allayed such fears in his arrival speech after a 21-gun salute and a warm welcome from the Indian government.

"My purpose in coming to India has both religious and human dimension. I come to pay a pastoral visit to the Catholics of India and I come in friendship with a deep desire to pay honour to all your people and to your different cultures' the Pope said after greeting the crowd of dignitaries with the traditional Hindu greeting: "namaskar".

Some 300 militant Hindus were arrested for trying to block the Pope's motorcade as it travelled from the airport to the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the city centre.

The expected muted welcome in New Delhi, where Catholics are a very small minority, was marred by anti-papal demonstrations and the burning of an effigy of the Pontiff by Hindu militants who carried placards and chanted: "Pope, go back to Rome."
FUNCTIONING Catholic churches cannot be used for concerts featuring secular music, said a new Vatican ruling.

The ruling, after controversies emerged in several Italian dioceses over concerts in churches, came in a letter to the world's bishops.

The letter said churches can be used on a limited basis for sacred or religious music shows. It also said approved musical programmes in churches must be free to the general public.

"The increased number of concerts held in churches has given rise to doubts in the minds of pastors and rectors of churches as to the extent to which such events are really necessary," said the letter issued by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship.
The pope offers a theology on the meaning of weeping Marian images

Jan 8, 1995.
SYRACUSE, SIVILY - In the middle of the ancient Sicilian seaport of Syracuse is a recently completed 250- foot-tall cement church shaped like a tear. Pope John Paul I I used it to outline his theology of cosmic crying. The inverted conical structure houses the latest Marian shrine inaugurated by Pope John Paul. It was the dedication ceremony that gave him the chance to express his views on the spiritual meaning of weeping. Briefly, the theology goes like this: tears are generally expressions of personal joy or sorrow, love or pain. But when tears shed by Marian images are declared miraculous by the church, they take on an atmost cosmic significance. They show concern for events past and forewarn of dangers to come. They are tears of prayer and hope.

The pope offered the view on Nov 6 when he dedicated the Shrine of Our Lady of Tears in Syracuse. The Shrine is the home of a small, framed plaster image of Mary which witnesses said shed tears between Aug 29 and Sept 1, 1953. Several cotton swabs containing the tears are also held in the shrine. The alleged phenomenon occurred in the small apartment of a young couple, Antonietta and Angelo Iannuso, while they were expecting their first child. News spread quickly, drawing people to the apartment.
Jan 8, 1995. ROME - Two leaders of a Sudanese clan that converted to Catholicism in the 1970s were crucified for refusing to renounce their faith and return to Islam, said the head of a Sudanese diocese.

Msgr Cesare Mazolari, a Comboni missionary and apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Rumbek, said the mid-August crucifixions were reported in a letter from the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Khartoum. "Death is implied (in the letter), but not stated," Msgr Mazzolari told Catholic News Service in a Dec 7 interview from Brescia, Italy.

Crucifixion victims are tied to a cross and left without food or drink under the hot sun, he said. Even if they are taken down before they die, "it is torture and a violation of human rights." "I tell my people of instances of crucifixion and they say this goes on all the time," Msgr Mazolari said, although religious and human rights experts have not been able to verify the extent of the practice. The missionary was preparing to return to Nairobi, Kenya, where he is based, when fighting between the Sudanese government and members of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army made it impossible for him to stay in southem Sudan.
The prayer to St. Francis de Sales, patron of newsmen, was recently quoted in Ray Erwin's Column in "Editor and Publisher." It originally appeared in the Journal of the British Institute of Journalists. As this is Catholic Press month, it' is reprinted here.

St. Francis, dear patron of a harrowed tribe, grant us thy protection.
Bestow on us, thy servants, a little more of thy critical spirit, and a little less on our readers. Confer on our subscribers the grace of condescension in overlooking our faults and the grace of promptitude in paying our bills.
It was previously announced that General Plutarco Elias Calles, the Mexican dictator and intensifier of the persecution of the Church, had been operated upon in a Catholic hospital in Los Angeles conducted by nuns. Now, another message from Los Angeles informs us, Rodolfo Elias Calles, one of the arch-persecutors and Secretary of Communications in the Mexican Cabinet, has entered the same hospital to receive treatment for the recurrence of an old disorder for which he once underwent an operation.
There are many indications of the breaking down of prejudice against the Catholic Church and priests in the South of U.S.A. Among the striking instances reported recently here an invitation from the minister and deacons of a Methodist church to use that structure for a Catholic mission, a call to a priest to be a "part-time pastor" of a coloured Protestant church, and the closing of all local Protestant churches so that the congregation might attend a mission.

This course of action implies a different attitude from that which prevailed in the days when Catholic priests were more hated than the devil and more feared than poison.
Lay Apostolate.

In a, previous article we have stated that authority in the Church is a positive, divine institution. The Church is the Society established by Christ to teach us His doctrine and guide our lives. Nor did Christ confine Himself to determining the broad, general lines of this organisation; He designed the chiefs and designated them by name—Peter, and the eleven.

It was to Peter He said, "Feed my sheep." It was to the apostles that He said, "Go and teach," and "do this in remembrance of me." The divine constitution of the Church implies therefore the duty of obedience. The Church remains the supreme power on earth in the moral order. The Church is commissioned to speak in the name of God and no one, therefore has any right or any mission to sit in judgment on the Church itself. The Church by its magisterial authority in faith and morals is above every temporal power and above the Church there is only God.
1935: It is somewhat heartening to Catholics to see the tendency in a certain section of the lay press to give credit where credit is due, in cases where Catholics are concerned. Hitherto there appeared to be a tendency to give publicity only to matters that placed Catholics in an unfavourable light. We refer to the publication, recently, of news regarding the achievement of two Malay notables who had received their earlier education in a Catholic school, St. Paul's Institution at Seremban.
Lay Apostolate

What An Apostle Is.
Christ chose the twelve for a special purpose and gave them special powers and functions. An apostle is one invested by Christ with the power of governing His Church, of offering the Eucharistic Sacrifice, of remitting sins, of teaching and baptising. We see the twelve apostles, in the Acts and in the Letters, administering sacraments, preaching the word of God, judging in all questions of Christian Doctrine, inflicting penalties where necessary and acting as the administrators of church property.

And what is of supreme importance, they can transmit their powers to others by the imposition of hands. Such are the functions of the twelve apostles as described in the New Testament.

Were They All Equal in Power and Dignity?
From the " Flowers of Avron," journal of the Young Girls' Society of the Diocese of Rennes, France).

Hail Mary.
Who, Mother, pays you this respectful homage?

It is Heaven itself, an angel, one of the greatest in the court of Heaven, who comes down and Humbles himself before you, an humble young girl, a little flower of Judea.
CATHOLICS to-day are surely living in the most stirring and adventurous times that the Church has ever been through," declares the Archbishop of Birmingham in his Advent letter.

"Great events happen almost every day, each having some bearing on Catholic destinies, vast changes and revolutions not only in outward affairs, but in habits of thought and ideals of conduct. "A new age is beginning, whether we like it or not, bringing with it many difficulties and perplexities. "To be a real Catholic now is to live dangerously, to shoulder burdens and undertake responsibilities undreamt of in more tranquil times, to experience struggles and rewards, joy and griefs that the ordinary commonplace paganism knows nothing of "Life is full of difficulties.
Rome. The prediction of a native prophetess of the Gambier Islands, who at the beginning of the 19th century announced the coming of Catholic priests was recalled at the recent celebrations in the Vicariate of Tahiti commemorating the arrival of the first two missionaries. Father Caret and Laval, of the Picpus Society, reached Gambier August 7, 1834.

The people of the islands had been cannibals and were notorious for their cruel savage habits. Before their battles, which were frequent, the pagan priest invoked the idols with a prayer like this: "O Protecting Deities deliver into our hands the eyes of our enemies that we may fill our stomachs." If they were victorious they dug long pits on the battle field in which the vanquished dead were roasted.
Catholics have been falsely accused of believing the following errors, which the ignorance or malice of their fellow men has attributed to them. Catholics do not believe that—

1. There is any other mediator of Redemption than our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
2. Adoration of the Virgin Mary, the angels and saints, their relics and images is lawful.
3. God still makes new revelations to mankind.
4. Any one can by his own unaided efforts satisfy for his sins and earn heaven.
5. It is allowable to tell a lie, to break a lawful oath or vow—the end justifies the means.
6. All non-Catholics go to hell.
7. Catholics submit their minds to a human institution.
8. The Church enslaves reason by keeping from it the means of forming a judgment.
9. The Church enslaves the human intellect by her magnificent ceremonial.
10. The Church can grant permission to commit sin.
11. The Confessional demoralizes the individual and national conscience.

- Malaya Catholic Leader, January 19th, 1935 (1935.pdf pp47)

A word of caution needs to be given to Catholic parents concerning Charles Dickens' Posthumous Life of Our Lord, .which is published not only in book form but which is run serially in many periodicals intended for young people. The view of Our Lord taken* by Dickens is dearly opposed to Catholic teaching.
Rights, Recounting Official Promises by Mandate Power.

(Jerusalem Correspondent, N.C.W.C. NEWS SERVICE.)
By Dr. Alexander Mombelli, Jerusalem, Dec, 7. 1935

A statement of principle with regard to the rights, franchises and privileges granted to, and enjoyed by, Catholics in Palestine has been set forth by the Superiors of the various religious communities in the Holy Land following a meeting in which the whole subject of Catholic rights in the Holy Land was discussed.
By Mary Sutherland, 16 yrs. of age. Mary won first prize for this essay in an Australian Magazine

The reason why I receive Holy Communion is that I need it so vitally. It is the essential spiritual food. It is just as important to the well-being of the soul as ordinary food is to that of the body, and if the soul is deprived of It the result is spiritual starvation and ultimately death.

Our Lord Himself brought this home to us very strongly when He said: "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you shall not have Life in you."

Holy Communion is the best assurance we have of going to heaven, for when speaking of It. Our Lord made the promise that "he who eats My flesh and drinks My blood lives in Me and I in him and I will raise him up on the Last Day." It is no wonder, then, that St. Pius X, the Pope of the Blessed Eucharist, said that "Holy Communion is the shortest and surest way to heaven."
Early in the year 1730 a young priest was recovering his broken health in the west of Italy. While there, he met a number of the local people, mostly peasants, who gathered around him and asked to be instructed in their Faith. He was astonished and upset at the ignorance of these poor people, about the good God Whom he himself loved with such ardour; and he determined to I found a Congregation of Priests who would work as missionaries to spread the knowledge and love of God among neglected souls such as these.

Today that young priest is known as St. Alphonsus Liguori, and his Congregation of priests as the Redemptorist Fathers. St. Alphonsus was an amazing character; a successful lawyer before he became a priest, the founder of a religious order, a zealous missionary for many years, the author of many beautiful books on spiritual and moral subjects, a Bishop and finally a canonised Saint and Doctor of the Church. One of his fellow bishops said of him: "Monsignor Liguori thinks of nothing but the glory of God."

A vivid description of the suffering of 1,500 nuns in a slave labour camp in Russia reached the outside world, when one of them, a German, somehow smuggled a letter out of the camp to her parents.

The letter, which has been given wide publicity on the Continent, I reveals that nuns from Soviet occupied areas are employed as slave labour on a bridge building project on the Dniper.

The story of their sufferings and a stirring plea for prayers is told in this literal translation from the German:
We are sometimes a bit too lenient with the so-called scientific atheist who challenges us to prove beyond a doubt that God exists. He accepts the atomic bomb without having seen an electron, yet he glibly asks for proof of One whose effect upon the world is far more obvious and potent than that of the atomic bomb. Lecomte du Nouy* shows how no one can truthfully say the world and man did not come from God.
It costs nothing but creates much.
It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give.
It happens in a flash and the memory of it lasts forever.
None are so rich that they can get along without it.
And none are so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters good-will in business and is the counter-sign of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen.

Charm is not a matter of cosmetics, clothes, or even culture. Without genuine sweetness of heart all attempted charm is artificial and sooner or later becomes repellent, like all other shams.

- Malaya Catholic Newsletter, July 16, 1950 (1950.pdf pp18)
It costs nothing but creates much~ It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give.

It happens in a flash and the memory of it lasts forever.

None are so rich that they can get along without it.

And none are so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home,. fosters good-will in business and is the counter-sign of friends.

It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought. borrowed or stolen.

------------------ Charm is not a matter of cosmetics, clothes, or even culture. Without genuine sweetness of heart all attempted charm is artificial and sooner or later becomes repellent, like all other shams.
If you glance even superficially at the Circular letters, messages and speeches of Pius XII, you must be struck by the insistence with which this Pope specifically declares that he is speaking to ALL MEN OF GOOD WILL and NOT ONLY to Catholics.

You notice this preoccupation especially in his message last Christmas when the Head of the Church expressly invited ALL MEN OF THIS EARTH without exception to take advantage of the grace of this Holy Year, 1950.

You can see too how anxious the Holy Father is to speak a LANGUAGE THAT EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND and to concentrate on the problems which trouble other men and not merely the Faithful.

In his first Encyclical, which was published when Poland was being destroyed by the joint attack of Hitler and Stalin, Pius XII put before the world and discussed those major questions which would arise when peace returned; for those very matters which most concern both the people of the world and those who govern them are of most 'Vital interest to the Pope too.

The Vicar of Christ reminds all the belligerents of the obligations imposed on them not merely by Laws of the Church, but also by "the Natural Law".
Eighteen scientists from several countries are in Rome discussing the authenticity of the Holy Shroud in which Our Lord's body is said to have been wrapped. Research on the shroud has taken place at regular intervals, each meeting revealing some new fact.

It is believed that the shroud remained in the Holy Land until the third century when it was taken to Constantinople and stayed there until 1204. Removed later to Chambery, in France, it was damaged by fire.

The fact that some men will be damned is an object of scandal for many. How can it be that God, the All-Knowing, the Almighty, the Infinitely Good, should allow such a thing? Has He not bestowed upon man, made in His image, a supernatural destiny, eternal life in Heaven? If that is so, how can one imagine that certain men will be shut off forever from the vision of God which is their only happiness'! There are even people who, looking at only one side of the question, go so far as to declare that God has predestined some persons to damnation in Hell.