CARDINAL RECEIVES FURTHER AID
THE Apostolic Delegate has sent £1,000 to the Lord Mayor's fund as a personal gift from the Holy Father to help the victims of the floods.
The rest of the Pope's gift of £3.600 has been distributed by Archbishop Godfrey in the afflicted dioceses.
The Holy Father's generosity was intended for all the suffering, Catholics and non-Catholics.
On behalf of His Holiness, the Apostolic Delegate sent a message of sympathy to the Government.
Cardinal Griffin has received most gracious letters of sympathy with the flood victims from Cardinal Itiniteer, Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Van Roey, Archbishop of Malines, Cardinal Eden. Archbishop of Paris, and Archbishop Ujeic of Belgrade.
The Canadian Hierarchy have sent His Eminence 53,500 for the victims. The Secours Catholique, Paris, has sent 3.000,000 francs, and Caritas, Luxembourg, 100,000 Belgian francs.
A further generous offer of help has been received from the Caritas of Portugal.
Archbishop Godfrey has received the following telegram from the Episcopal Committee for Catholic Action in Italy:
"The Episcopal Committee for Catholic Action in Italy is deeply grieved at the news of the disasters caused by the floods and in the grief and suffering that they have caused in your noble nation. We would ask Your Excellency to express to the Bishops and clergy and people our brotherly sympathy together with our most sincere wishes and prayers that the dangers and difficulties may soon cease and that Christian consolation may he given to all those who suffer.—(Signed) Archbishop Urban i."
Archbishop Godfrey replied:
'Deeply touched by most kind and brotherly message on occasion of the recent disasters. 1 would ask Your Excellency kindly to express to Episcopal Committee for Catholic Action in Italy on behalf of the Bishops, clergy and people of this country our most sincere thanks."
Bishop Cowderoy has received £500 from the Holy Father for distribution to the Catholics and nonCatholic victims in the Southwark diocese.
The Bishop had previously sent £1,000 on behalf of the diocese to the Lord Mayor's fund.
The floods called forth a stream of touching and heartening letters of sympathy to the office of the Catholic Education Council by school children in France.
Many of them are making collections from their pocket money for the victims of the floods.
The council is arranging for all the letters to be answered by school children from the affected areas.