VATICAN CITY PRIVATE AUDIENCES. Among those to whom the Holy Father has granted private audiences are Cardinals Tedeschini, Marmaggi, Mereati, Mar chetti Selvaggiani ; Mgr. Migone; Mgr. Lamy. Archbishop of Sens ; Rector-General of the Clerics Regular of the Mother of God; Abbot Louis Smith, Abbot-General of the Canons Regular of the Lateran ; Fr. Charles
Egger, Procurator-General ; Signor Bruno Benziger ; General Sir William Morgan.
Among those to whom the Holy Father has granted special audiences are Fr. Hua. Fr. J. Holland, Fr. A. J. Banfi, Fr. Guiseppe Tosi, Lt.-Commander J. C. Risk, Commander Farrel, Commander R. Kessler. Also Mgr. Martin O'Connor, Rector of the North American College, who presented a group of American students at the college.
THE POPE has named Colonel Command& of the Pontifical Guard, M. Mario Pericoli, who is at present ViceCommandant of the Corps. A new rule fixes the total of this Corps at 100 men plus officers and N.C.O.s.
The PONTIFICAL COMMISSION of Assistance recently returned from Smith America was received in special audience by the Pope, to whom they reported that they had obtained halfa-million quintals of grain (a quintal Is approximately a hundredweight) and 94,000 quintals of other foodstuffs.
M. WU, the new Chinese Minister to the Holy See, arrived in Rome on Wednesday last, accompanied by his wife and 13 children. As soon as he arrived in Rome, Mr. Wu went straight to the Basilica of St. Peter to give thanks for his own and his family's safe arrivaL AFRICA FR. JOSEPH CABANA, of the White Fathers, has been named Vicar Apostolic of Uganda, in Africa. succeeding Mgr. Michaud, who died last year. The 50-year-old Bishop-elect is a brother of Archbishop Cabana, Coadjutor to the Archbishop of Quebec. Mgr. Cabana, who has been in the African missionfields since 1924, was born at Granby, Quebec, and was ordained in 1924. The vicariate, which consists of 186,000 Catholics out of a population of 500,000. is the oldest vicariate confined to the White Fathers in Africa BELGIUM A BELGIAN COAL MINE at Tiautrage. Hainault, is the parish of Fr. Albert Lauwert, a Josephite priest, himself the son of a miner, who has obtained permission from his superiors to live with the miners and work alongside them in their jobs. Fr. Albert occupies a small room at the canteen of the Hautrage mine. He says Mass every morning at the mine dispensary, and then puts on his leather hat and working clothes and plunges into his underground labours.
At the CENTRALE JOCISTE in Brussels, on January 21, a Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated for the repose of the souls of Fernand Tonnet, the first president and co-founder with Canon Cardijn of the SOC., and for Paul Oared, the treasurer of the Movement from its inception, both of whom died in Dachau in January, 1945.
" THE CHURCH should not engage In politics," said Dr. Benes, Czechoslovakian Prime Minister, when the newly-elected Bishops of the Protestant Church visited him in Prague on Saturday. Dr. Benes also added that the Church should be unprejudiced, tolerant and strive for co-operation with both East and West. •
CHINA CARDINAL THEN, Archbishop of
Nanking, h a s promoted t h Organisation of the Institute of St. Thomas, an organisation intended to further the cause of Catholic literature in China. Much of the In
stitute's efforts will be expended in the production of translations of good foreign books, but its special aim is to encourage original works in Chinese.
GERMANY FR. PAUL SIMON, a well-known German scholar, provost of the Cathedral at Paderborn, Westphalia, and close friend of Dr. Heinrich Bruening, former Chancellor of Germany, has died in Paderborn. Fr. Simon, who was a well-known scholar with contacts throughout the world, had recently been devoting his energies to the restoration of die Cathedral damaged during the war.
INDIA MGR, POTHAcUMURY, Bishop of Bangalore, writing in The Medical Missionary, urges the foundation of a Catholic Medical Col,: lege. Apart from s; the difficulty of obtaining vacancies to the Government Colleges (where admission is on a communal basis, divided numerically between Hindus, Muslims and Christians), there is the need for a medical college where Catholic principles are taught.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS in the Seychelles Islands, a small group under British Dominions in the Indian Ocean, have been so handicapped by new Government regulations that the Marist B, others, who have been teaching there for 60 years, have decided to withdt aw. Three-quarters of the primary schools belong to the Catholic missions.
The GENERAL CHAPTER of the Brothers of the Holy Family at Chieri have elected a Superior General of the Institute, Fr. Tarsicius, a Frenchman, born in 1898 in Savoy, who for the last 11 years has been directing the grammar school of the Holy Family at Montevideo.
JAVA FR. SANJOJO, the first priest to come to the town of Magelang, since the murder by Indonesian extremists of nine Dutch Jesuit Fathers in November, 1945. received an enthusiastic welcome from the Republican Governor of Central Java, as well as the people of the NETHERLANDS
The " DREAM OF GERONTIUS " will be performed for the first time in Holland on February L The British Ambassador, Sir Neville Bland, will be present.
POLAND TIIE POPE has appointed three new Polish Bishops. They are the Rev. Francis Jedwabski, to be Auxiliary Archbishop of Poznan ; the Rev. Paul Rydzewski, Auxiliary Bishop of Lomza ; and the Bev. Carl Pekala, Auxiliary Bishop of Tarnow.
SPAIN The MINISTER OF EDUCATION has announced the decision to set up a new major college in Madrid for foreign students who wish to study in Spanish universities. The college will be dedicated under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and will be for South American, Portuguese and Philippine students who wish to attend the Central University in Madrid, and will be under the direction of the Institute of Spanish Culture.
The DEATH has just been announced of Manuel Machado. the world-famous poet and member of the Spanish Academy of literature. Manuel Machado was a great lyric poet, whose name, coupled with that of his equally famous brother, Antonio, will go down in history as one of the finest poets of his generation.
CARDINAL TISSERANT, secretary
of the Sacred Congregation for
t h a Oriental Church, will leave Rome on April 17 for the United States, where he is to give a number of lectures and visit churches of the Oriental Rite.
A t Princeton University he is to receive the honorary degree of doctor of literature on June 18. It is understood that the Cardinal will extend his tour to the churches of the Oriental Rite in Canada. He is expected to return to Rome on June 22.
A WELL KNOWN PASSIONIST priest, founder of the magazine Sign, Fr. Justin Carey, C.P., has died at Hoboken, New Jersey, aged 79. Fr. Carey was among the first Passion ist missionaries to the Hunan province in China and was responsible for the establishment of a number of Passionist monasteries in America and was ono time Provincial of the Order.