Page 7, 11th December 1959

11th December 1959
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Page 7, 11th December 1959 — 500,000 seats: Open air altar

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500,000 seats: Open air altar


PE JOHN XXIII has sent a hitherto unpublished portrait with his autograph signature to the secretary general of the International Eucharistic Congress to he held in Munich, Germany, next summer, He has also sent a message. which runs: "For all who take part in the International Eucharistic Congress in Munich in 1960, we cordially entreat God's richest grace: may the sacrament of unity and peace, in which Christ sacrifices Himself 'for the life of the world', be a shining focus and inexhaustible source of supernatural power for their existence and activity."

The picture and the message are to be used in the new prospectus, which will appear in six languages

to abo the forthcoming Congress. tieV1 all countries of the world

Speaking at a rally organised by the Congress local committee and held in Munich last week, Cardinal Wendel, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, emphasised the meaning, for a world today hungering for unity, of the Congress at which men from all countries and of all races would meet round the same altar.

As the last Eucharistic Congress in Germany took place 50 years ago and another was not foreseeable, not only German Catholics but all Germans had the task of giving the world evidence of the transformation of the German people. Too much was said in Germany of the "economic miracle '. It was a question of showing that the values and gifts of the spirit and religion had not, among Germans, been submerged in the torrent of earthly goods.

The Bavarian Government has named Dr. Franz Lippert. Secretary of State for Finance, as their representative for the .preparations for the Congress. He has already been entrusted with preparing accommodation for the Papal Legate in the former Royal Palace in Munich.

On the Theresienwiese, the open space in Munich where all the main ceremonies will be held. the German Kolping organisation is to build a raised altar 33 feet high and 500,000 seats. The work will start two months before the Congress, and 500 members of the organisation from Austria. Germany, and Switzerland will give their labour free.

The Abbot of Ealing. Fr. Cuthbert Rupert Hall, has appointed Dom Gerard Hayes to succeed Dom Bernard Orchard on his retirement from the headmastership of St. Benedict's School at the end of the summer term next year.

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