Page 14, 11th February 1938

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EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS AT BUDAPEST Catholic Association to make Official Arrangements

Budapest. the setting for this year's Eucharistic Congress, was the subject which occupied most of the speakers at the annual dinner Of the Catholic Association last Tuesday.

The Hungarian Minister, M. Mashivewch, one of the guests of the evening, spoke about the preparations for this event in his own country.

" The Holy Year of St. Stephen, founder and first king of the realm of Hungary, enhanced by the coincidence of the Eucharistic Congress, is a rare and great festival opportunity for my country to demonstrate her loyalty and her solidarity to the common ideals of the Catholic world.

"Although Hungary is a mixed country from the point of view of creed, Catholic is not only the religion of the majority of Hungarians, but the Catholic Church holds also a privileged and traditional position in the Hungarian constitution, being linked up with its history for 900 years.

"For many mouths all the Catholic Societies of Budapest have been engaged in the arduous task of preparing accommodation for the great and loftiest of international gatherings known to the world. " I can assure you that the Government and people of Hungary will do everything in their power to rise to the solemn occasion and to offer all visitors a hearty welcome by opening not only their doors but also their hearts."

The plans of the official delegation to the Eucharist Congress in Budapest as laid by the Catholic Association are as follows: Direct Travel Section: Departure May 24, returning June 3 via Dover and Ostend, visiting Prague on the return journey.

No Night Travel Section: Departure May 20, returning June 5, via the short sea route, visiting Brussels, Cologne, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Innsbruck; Zurich, and Paris.

Cardinal's Message Cardinal Hinsley sent a letter to the association about their congress arrangements, which was read during the dinner. He referred to the special significance of such a gathering and spoke of the Blessed Sacrament as the centre of unity.

Mr. A. George Conrad, the Association's treasurer, complained that Catholics were inclined to be tardy in their recognition of the C.A.'s efficient travel facilities. However, to counterbalance such accusation. he revealed that the Catholic Association had not only been entrusted with the official delegation s arrangements for Budapest, but also for the three big diocesan Lourdes pilgrimages—Birmingham, Salford and Southwark.

Other speakers of the evening were Sir Thomas Molony, Bart.. Mgr. Butt, the Rev. E. D. Hanifin, the Bishop of Southwark, and Mr. Cyril P. Grobel, privy councillor for Ireland. Mgr. Myers and Mgr. Dey were also present.

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