The Abbot of St. John's, Collegeville, Minnesota, U.S.A.. has received information stating that all Benedictines in the Philippines are alive and are being returned to the Collegio San Beda, Manila, where they had been engaged in teaching when war catne. The college has been taken over by the Japanese and is being used for a hospital and for other purposes. Now the Abbot is advised, half of it is being reopened for the education of smaller boys and the regular staff is to teach.
Spanish Jeseit missionaries are continuing their work in all parts of the Philippines except in certain Mindanao missions, according to word received by the Jesuit Philippine Bureau in New York from the Spanish Embassy in Washington. This information, the Bureau states, checks with " much more sketchy " word previously received.
The letter from the Spanish Embassy stated, in part : " We are happy to inform you that the Minister of Foreign Affairs at Madrid in a cablegram dated December 28, 19,42, gives notices of a communication from the Spanish Legation in Tokyo to the effect that • All Spanish Jesuits except those in Mindanao are carrying on their spiritual ministries in the cities; and those communities which were in the neighbourhood of Manila are now residing in the city ntselfe "