view of the fact that the "Aid-to-China " Flag Day will be held in London on June 25 and that Catholics who volunteer to be collectors need only inform the organisers in their borough to which mission they wish their collection to be sent, I take the liberty of asking you to be so very kind as to bring to the attention of the readers of your valuable paper the needs of the Hong-Kong Catholic Mission.
The Diocese of Hong-Kong includes, besides the British Colony, a large section of Chinese territory populated by about 10 millions of Chinese non
Catholics. The Hong-Kong Mission has suffered severe losses during the &no-Japanese war and during the Far East war because it has been the battleground between the Japanese and guerillas and has been over-run by the Japanese army many times. For instance, the city of Waichow was occupied and burnt down by the Japanese at least four times during the
last three years alone. As a consequence of this, there is not one single church or chapel of the inland m'ssion of the Hong-Kong Diocese which has not suffered, and over half has been destroyed. The Diocese it too poor at the present moment to allocate any Fund, even for the most necessary repairs to churches and residences to be made habitable, let alone undertaking any work of evangelisation
In view of the fact that this mission is attached to the British Colony we feel that British Catholics will be glad to allocate some of the proceeds from the Flag Day to this Mission, and the Bishop of Hong-Kong will not fail to acknowledge gratefully any donation sent for this purpose
May I point out to your readers that the Catholie Truth Society of HongKong and South China has been organised in Hong-Kong for the purpose of spreading the Faith through the medium of the Catholic Press. The Catholic Truth Society of Hong-Kong has started a Catholic Literature Dis tribution Fund. For every donation that is received books at cost price to the full value of the contribution will be sent to important centres in China for free distribution by missionaries. This fund is extremely needed now when both Catholics and missionaries are too poor to buy books themselves. and it is only throurh the medium ot these Chinese pamphlets, specially prepared in Chinese by the Catholic Truth Society of Hong-Kong, that many pagans can be reached and brought to the Faith. If English Catholics could allot some of the funds of the Flag Day to this purpose they will do a very highly miss'onary work.
Donations to the Hong-Kong Catholic Mission and the Catholic Literature Distribution Fund may be sent to Reverend Secretary, Catholic Centre, Hong-Kong.
H, MAESTRINI (Rev.)