not the clouds were darkened with the threats of war again, and that to prevent conflict between nations if was urgent that everyone should pray fervently that statesmen might receive guidance to avert the catastrophe, was the main theme of a sermon given by the Archbishop of Westminster. at St. Monica's, Palmer's Green. London, in celebratio:i of the silver jubilee of the mission.
Following a rapid survey of the founding of the mission and the rector's, Fr. P. Gallagher, 23 years' work there. the Archbishop referred to the opening of the supper hall in 1931. as being almost the last of the late Cardinal's acts of that type. and promised all help possible to the rector in his endeavours to obtain an elementary school. He was glad, he'said, to join with them when they were giving thanks to God for innutnciable favours and blessings conferred through that. their spiritual home. and there also, they should pray for real peace. He referred to the possibility of war in Africa. People had asked him quite recently why the Pope did not interfere to prevent war, but the same people would be counted amongst the very first to protest against his "interference in politics."
The Pope had spoken out from the first for real peace—the "Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ" had become almost a slogan with him. and only last Christmas he personally had listened to the Pope's passionate appeal for peace between nations. Pope Benedict XV had organised a system of machinery for preventing war, and that was being partly used to-day. though statesmen did not choose to recognise the fact, and long years earlier Leo XIII had urged that arbitration on the lines of just international laws should re. place open combat.
The Church always strove after peace and she condemned war and regarded unjust wars as crimes. Even a just war. which in certain cases was permissible. only as a last resource, was a terrible tragedy.