Maurice Cotharts, Paris Radio cotnmentator, bitterly attacked " certain French priests " who, he said, were inciting the French youth to join the Maquis, says Reiter.
" There are certain French priests who seem to have forgotten their duties, and who are preaching to young Frenchmen to leave their homes and not to work for Germany, but to go into hiding in mountains and forests arid join guerrilla bands in the Maquis,'" Cotharts said.
" The French middle class is fraternising with the workers and the guerrilla bands. This attitude is a hetrayal of France, and the middle class must be considered as responsible for the civil war raging in certain regions of France."
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Thousands of loaves, baked for refugees, were blessed by the Pope during the customary blessing of bread on Holy Saturday.
In January, the Archbishop of Lwow, Boleslaw TWardowski, celebrated his episcopal silver jubilee. The whole town joined in homage to ite beloved shepherd. whose fatherly heart etie. braced all the material and 'spiritual needs of the faithful, especially during the present war.
Fervent crowds besieged Moscow's churches for the Easter services. The curfew was lifted to enable thousands of worshippers to_ walk home before dawn, carrying their traditional Kuliclii cakes, which had been eprinkled with holy water and blessed ter the priests.
General Franco,. according to the Spanish radio, commuted the death sentence for 279 people to the maximum period of penal servitude on the occasion of Holy Week festivities.
(he Rev. Louis Brullez, 29-year-old Belgian priest, won his wings as _a pent with thc Belgian unit of the R.A.F. and celebrated Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. Recently Fr. Brullez said he celebrated Mass every day during his training and was often called upon to help out with Confes sions. He added that many of his instructors were unaware of his identity as a priest.