HUNDREDS of mes sages of congratulation on the new-look CATHOLIC HERALD have been received during the last week. Cardinal Heenan wrote: CONGRATULATE YOU on the new-style CATHOLIC HERALD. It is neat and attractive. I am not competent to judge the wisdom of tucking the title away in a corner. Presumably you have experts to advise you. The small photographs at the head of columns brighten up the whole paper and I am sure that this alone would justify the change to off-set.
t You make a plea for new readers and I sincerely hope that you will be successful. The success of the real work of the Council which is now beginning, will depend largely on co-operation between the clergy and wellinformed laity.
Within a few days the Vatican Council will find no place in the secular press. Its news value will be completely dead. That is precisely when the message of the Council will need to be delivered throughout the parishes.
It is more important than ever before to have enthusiastic readers of our Catholic papers. May God bless all who take part in the apostolate of the Catholic press.
CONGRATULATIONS on a beautifully produced paper. All Fleet Street will follow your lead when they can afford it.
MICHAEL. BERRY, Edoor-in-Chicf, Daily/Sunday Telegraph.
CONGRATULATIONS on the new look of the CATHOLIC HERALD. It is most elegant and contemporary-looking. I much admire your new typography and layout. And the use of an unusual colour (which I would call Nile Green) does wonders to enliven the pages. I also much enjoy your use of drawings and pictures.
DAVID ASTOR, Editor, The Observer.
WHEN THE CATHOLIC HERALD goes to bed "webwise" or otherwise, there is no Ecclesiastic to decide how it shall be bedded. It makes its own bed and lies on it. The responsibility is that of good Catholic journalists.
The Church does not interfere save in the general sense that it reminds all her Children of their responsibilities before God, Mistakes will be made. We all make them. But it is a cheap price to pay for an exercise in responsible freedom.
It allows me likewise thi luxurious freedom of saying, "I don't always agree with the CATHOLIC HERALD. But I would fight tooth and nail for their responsible freedom."
Many Happy Returns in your new web ofiset look. AM please —as one of your readers has suggested—don't ruin all your former dignity of presentation with too much make-up.
Archbishop Murphy of Cardiff.
CONGRATULATIONS on modern streamlined appearance of your famous newspaper. You do indeed move with the times. Good wishes for your continued success.
Chairman, International Publishing Corporation
I WAS GRATEFUL to see the first issue of your new-look paper. 1 found it most interesting and I do compliment you on your adventurous and forward looking make-up. The improved quality of reproduction in the CATHOLIC HERALD must be very heartening both to you and your readers.
LORD THOMSON OF FLEET.
I AM KEENLY INTERESTED in web and do want to congratulate you heartily on the change-over. I shall certainly see that suitable mention of this is made in Newspaper Society News. It gives us a great pride to he able to report an the successful achievements of our members.
WM. G. KIDD,
Director, The Newspaper Society.
IN ITS NEW FORM the Cartiouc HERALD is a first-class piece of journalism, and you are to be congratulated on the format, the excellent type and the clear photographs. It is, in the best sense of the word, popular and ought to appeal to the layman, whether Catholic or non-Catholic.
I hope it may be read by many Free Church people that they may enter with greater understanding into a Church tradition different from their own, which in these days is so fervently to be desired.
(Rev.) PETER McCALL, Moderator, FICC Church Federal Council.
THIS IS a notable success. The new style and format is most attractive. The printing is easy to read. and the photography attains an excellent standard of definition.
SIR ERIC PLETCHER, M.P