Roman Curia to be Reformed The Pope is shortly to make important administrative reforms of Curia— the offices responsible for the Government of the Church throughout the world, according to usually wellinformed sources here, reports Reuter.
APPOINTMENT. The Pope has appointed Fr. Anscar Nelson, 0.S.B., of Portsmouth Priory, Rhode Island, to be Titular Bishop of Birta and Coadjutor, with the right of succession to Mgr. Miller, the Vicar Apostolic of Sweden.
Bishops to Issue Important Statement on Social Questions An important statement by the standing committee of the Bishops of Australia on the urgent problem of industrial disorder and the necessity for social harmony will be issued on Social Justice Sunday, which will be observed on September 7. The statement, which is entitled " Peace in Industry," will be signed by the 11 members of the Hierarchy, headed by Cardinal Gilroy. An indication of the scope of the statement has been given by a review of its text-plan. This covers : the Catholic Church and Trade Unions ; the Right to Strike ; the Communist Objective in the Trade Union Movement ; the Industrial Power of the Communist Party; Coercive Measures of Communism in Trade Union Movement ; the Political Strike, the Communist Programme ; Necessity for Social Peace, and the Responsibility of All Sections of th Catholic Immigration Committee Formed A Catholic Immigration Committee, with offices in each of the six capital cities of Australia, and with Federal offices in Sydney, has been appointed by the Australian Hierarchy and recognised by the Federal Government. A Catholic Immigration office has been opened in London and permanent secretaries have been appointed in London and Edinburgh. Already arrangements have been made for 300 children to leave for Australia, New University for South Australia Ten years ago there were between 30 and 40 Catholics at the University of Adelaide. To-day there are nearly 300, so the Catholics of South Australia are opening their own university college. It will be called Aquinas College and will be residential for male undergraduates. It is intended in due course to erect a similar college for
Affiliation with Adelaide University has already been obtained and it is hoped that within a year the college will be opened. Non-Catholics and Catholics have already contributed L25,000 towards the cost of building. This is the fourth Catholic University in Australia, the others being in Sydney. Melbourne and Brisbane.
Fifty Priests Decorated for Resistance Work General Bocek, Chief of the Czechoslovak General Staff, has recently awarded the Czechoslovak War Cross to 50 Czech Catholic priests, 17 of them posthumously, for their work in the resistance to the Nazis. In making the award General Bocek said that 380 priests had been imprisoned by the Nazis, eight were executed and 67 died through ill-usage and torture in prison. prison.
FRANCE Maronite Archbishop in Paris Mgr. 'Abd, Archbishop of Tripoli, in Lybia, recently in Paris, after a visit to the Quai d'Orsay, said the Maronites have always been jealous of their independence and have always remained faithful to the Holy See and attached to France.
Mgr. 'Abd was recently in Rome for his ad limina visit.
Priests for the Gypsy Camps To cater for the spiritual needs of the Netherlands gypsy population, the bulk of which is Catholic, a National Catholic Organisation for gypsies has been founded with ecclesiastical backing. The new undertaking intends to work through local assistance committees and St. Vincent de Paul branches and thus to reach Dutch gypsies in their 50 encampments and 2,500 caravans throughout the country.
Cardinal de Jong is Papal Legate for Marian Congress The Pope has appointed John Cardinal de Jong, Archbishop of Utretch, to be Pontifical Legate to the Netherlands Marian Congress, which is to be held in Maastricht at the beginning of September.
Convert Founded Dutch Catholic Press The centenary of Joachim Georges Lesage ten Broek, blind convert clergyman, who founded the Dutch Catholic Press, was celebrated at Nijmegen Catholic University recently. Cardinal de Jong, Archbishop d Utrecht, presided. It was announced that a department of journalism, to be named after Lesage, will shortly be opened at the university. Lesage was the son of a Protestant rninister. He was ordained, but shortly after his call to the ministry was converted to the Church. Despite his handicap of blindness he published from 1830 until his death the first Dutch Catholic monthly, De Godsdienstyriend. In 1835 he inaugurated the famous Katholicke Stemrnen and two years before his death, in 1845, thg first Catholic daily in Holland, De Tiid, now ore of the best known newspapers in Europe.
A group of 70 Czech medical students visiting Rome, were received in a special audience by the Pope at his summer home at Castel Gandolfo, on Monday last.
Tito Visitors "Hand-picked Conspirators" —Mgr. Cushing On Wednesday Mgr. Richard Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, said that the seven Protestant clergymen who had reported finding religious freedom in Yugoslavia had become " conspirators in the Communist campaign " and were " band-picked to defend before the American people Tito's war on religion."
He called upon responsible Protestant leaders to repudiate " these apologists for anti-democratic, anti-religious dictatorship."
Liverpool Priest Lectures on the Lay Apostolate Fr. John Fitzsimons, of the archdiocese of Liverpool, visiting lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, was one of the chief speakers at the annual Lay Apostolate Study Week held at the University last week.
Shies 1930 the seminary of the province of Victoria, Corpus Christi College, has seen the ordination of no fewer than 200 priests,