HERE is another example of solidarity action: A year ago this column published an appeal from Mr. J. C. Roche, a lecturer in a college in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He, too. wanted Catholic literature, including books for the newly formed Newman Society in the college. (Incidentally, there are so many people all over the world today in this position that it becomes almost a crime to throw away a Catholic paper or pamphlet or leave a Catholic book unused.) Now Mr. Roche writes: " You may be interested to know about the response to your paragraph and you may like to know about the progress we have.made in the last year.
"We have received nearly 200 packets and parcels of books, pamphlets and newspapers from Great Britain, Eire, Canada, the Channel Islands and Australia. Many of them were children's prayer books, Messengers, Firesides, and the like (for which we found very welcome homes), but the gifts included a number of most valuable ' study books ' on Catholic social and economic affairs, history, apologetic and a copy of the Catholic Dictionary."
He thanks all those people who sent anonymously and those others whom he has not yet had time to thank. He then reports that the Newman Society now has over 40 members and " is exerting a notable influence in the college."
Those students of today may, of course, he the leaders of West Africa tomorrow.