People walk .100 miles to open-air ceremony
MANY tribesmen and women walked 100 miles. bringing their children, too, to the recent consecration in Raigarh of Mgr. Stanislaus Tigga, an aboriginal Indian diocesan priest of the Oraon tribe.
He is .now Coadjutor with the right of succession to BiShop Sevrin, S.J., of Raigarh-Ambikaput..
A few years ago Mgr. Tigga was imprisoned for entering and administering the sacraments in the former feudatory State of Udaipur. Before he had served the full sentence he was released by order of Mr. Nehru.
The consecration ceremony was held in bright sunlight in the open air. Seven Bishops, 120 priests— most of them Indians—scores of nuns and 20.000 laity were present.
The surrounding hills re-echoed the hymns and canticles sung by large choirs of boys and girls and by the 20,000.
Mr. Leslie Sullivan, Editor of the Catholic Fireside. is to be the next Mayor of Wembley.
The next Mayor of Mitcham, Surrey, will be Councillor Thomas Longshaw, a member of SS. Peter and Paul's parish. Captured at Singapore. he spent four years in Japanese prison camps,
Requiem Mass offered in the Jeronimus Church at Belem, near Lisbon, for Mme. Carmona. wife of the former President of Portugal, was attended by Mme. Lopes, wife of the present President who visited this country last year. the Premier, Dr. Salazar, and other Government representatives. President Carmona died in 1951 after 25 years in office.
A start has been made on the building of a new church to replace the existing wooden Church of Our Lady of Lourdes at Plodder Lane, Farnworth.
Two Catholic candidates were returned in Crawley New Town's first Urban Council election—Mr. A. C. Ward and Mrs. N. Simkins, both Labour candidates.