Maritain Appointed to Columbia; Jacques Maritain, French philosopher and s leading authority on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, has been appointed visiting professor of philosophy at Columbia University. Dr. Maritain is a Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great and professor of philosophy at the Catholic institute of Paris.
Street's Name Changed: With one dissenting vote, the Municipal Council of Tarbes decided to change the name of the rue des Francs-Macons—" street of the Freemasons "—to rue St. Vincent de Paul.
23 German Priests in Prison: 23 Catholic priests of German nationality are still kept prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. None of these priests has ever been given a legal trial. Their only guilt, if any, consists in their having followed their calling, reports N.C.W.C. It is also learned that more than 500 Polish priests were recently arrested by the Nazi police in Poland and taken to the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen, near U.S. Catholic Refugees Contmilleet Appointment of the Rev. Emil N. Kamm, of St. Joseph's Church, N.Y., as Executive Director, has been announced by the Episcopal Committee for Catholic Refugees, of which the Most Rev, Joseph F. Rummel, Archbishop of New Orleans, is chairman. Fr. Komora succeeds the Rev. Joseph D. Ostermann, who resigned due to ill-health and need of a rest.
Smut Campaign In U.S. — Mayor Edward J. Kelly, of Chicago, is co-operating with The New World, the Chicago Catholic weekly, in a campaign to drive indecent literature from the news-stands of the city. Quietly under the Mayor's direction a police commission has been obtaining evidence on smutty literature. Already banished from the stands are several indecent publications. Mayor F. H. LaGuardia's drive to clean the news-stands of New York of obscene and questionable literature continues in full force.
Canadians Petition for PiTadottal Patrons: More than 65,000 signatures have been collected among the faithful of the Dominion of Canada for a petition addressed to Pope Pius XII to have the eight Jesuit Martyrs proclaimed as the Patron Saints of Canada.