Several of the newsreels this week are showing the Pope addressing the children in St. Peter's. At Studio Two, one of the theatres at which this can be seen, there is also an excellent feature " short " about the great pioneer work done by the Franciscan Friars in the latter part of the 18th century, when they established their famous chain of missions in California.
At St. Bridget's Isleworth Parochial Hall on Saturday last, Fr. Vincent Driscoll, formerly senior assistant priest, and now Professor of Philosophy at St. Edmund's,' Ware, was presented with a cheque for £45 as an expression of the good wishes of the parishioners on his appointment, and their appreciation of his work among them.
Mrs. Ellen Maud Colburn, of Oitford, Kent, has been adopted as Labour candidate for the Orpington South Area of the Kent County Council, She was a member of the Deptford Borough Council from 1933-1945, having been Chairman, and Vice-Chairman, Maternity and Child Welfare Committee.
" Faspero Katohlta," the oldest Esperanto journal in the world, and the organ of the International Union of Catholic Esperantists, has again been published and edited from the headquarters in Holland. It contains many varied articles of current religious and technical interest. Of special interest to English Catholics is a report of the visit of Mgr. Griffin to Western Europe and Germany Sir Patrick Hannon, M.P., last week entertained Mgr. Bernard Griffin, Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal-Designate, to dinner at the House of Commons. Other guests were: Bishop Mathew, the Earl of Iddesleigh, Sir Thomas Molony, Lord Justice Wallington, Mr. Douglas Woodruff, Mr. Richard O'Sullivan, Mr. Christopher Hpllis, Mr. William Tecling, Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre, Mr. Richard Stokes, Fr. Collingwood Mr. Throckmorton and Captain Delargy.
During the great Roods which inundated the Trent Valley last week-end, the Church of the Holy Spirit, West Bridgford, Notts, was flooded out. The parish priest. the Rev. Robert Woodbridge, realised what was likely to happen as the river continued to rise and " evacuated " the church, as far as it was possible to do so on Saturday evening.
Already chairman of the Housing Committee of Kettering Town Council, on which he has served for nine years, Councillor G. D. Howard will stand for the Northants County Council at the forthcoming elections in the Co-operative and Labour interest. He has taken a leading part in parish affairs since he arrived in the town some years ago.
Julius Caesar is a bulldog who collects. Though of ferocious visage he is really quite harmless. His owner has lent him to the Rev. J. Sunn, of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate, to reduce the church debt, now £5,673. He has collected LIE 12s. in twelve days.
On the Feast til Our Lady of Lourdes, Sister Mary Etheldreda Hill pronounced her Final Vows at St. Mary's Convent of Mercy, Hunter's Road, Birmingham. Canon O'Reilly. DL)., officiated.
After the coming County Council elections, the Derbyshire County Council will lack the services of Colonel John D. Kerr, of Findern. Colonel Kerr, a son of the late Admiral of the Fleet Lord Walter Kerr, of Melbourne Hall, is a former C.O. of the 5th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, with which he was associated for over 35 years.