of all the children of the world the children of this Church of Silence who now lie at the mercy of the new Herod.
Not so sombre
HAPPILY the picture is not
everywhere so sombre.
Africa, with its 12,000.000 Catholics, is an obvious example.
China, the nation with the sl" biggest population in the world. may be hermetically sealed, hut the children's offerings front the $ homelands still flow out to the a: free mission territories.
Two-thirds of the world's childt ren are non-Christian. The prayer z that goes up on Holy Childhood Day from the children of the $ Catholic world can win that twothirds for Christ, can pierce any curtain erected by militant atheism.
The Holy Childhood tries to provide for all the needs of the children in every mission country from birth until they leave school, After that the Holy Father's other society, the Association for th Propagation of the Faith, takes over.