For 90 minutes a day
Fifty Pygmy children have been going to school for the past few weeks at Mboa in the Belgian Cougo for 90 minutes a day. The chaplain who teaches them and the children find that an hour and a half daily is about the limit of their endurance.
These people are real Pygmies who have so far resisted any alliance with other races. But so effective has been the work of the Little Sisters of Jesus, founded by Pere de Foucauld, that children hitherto independent and unreceptive of any idea of methodical instruction are now tying themselves down to organised classes.
Pygmy people—especially the children—are extremely weak be
cause of under-nourishment. More regular and more abundant and healthier food is needed as well as clothing and blankets as a protection against chill and humidity of the nights.
Four native aspirants have asked to join a novitiate of the Little sisters, which has been opened in Mutwanga in the Beni diocese.
There will be a Dialogue Mass and general Holy Communion at 6 p.m. today (Friday) for Catholic members of the University of London in St. Ethelreda's Church, Ely Place, London. Confessions will be heard from 5.30 p.m.