Birth Control Bill Killed In Connecticut: A Bill to relax Connecticut's 60-year-old ban on birth control has been killed by the Conrio 6
to Senate. The vote was 23 to 9. The
House had passed the Bill by a vote of 164
Catholic Convent and Schools Destroyed in China Bombing: Although Yuanling, China, was severely bombed, the personnel of the Catholic mission there is safe. The Sisters' convent, together with the girls' high school and primary school, were totally destroyed. The mission and boys' school were damaged.
More Ontario Credit Unions: In 1939 there were only 16 credit unions in Ontario, but last year this number had increased to 67, with assets of nearly 2,000,000 dollars, P. M. Dewan, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, told the annual banquet of the Harvey Credit Union, held in Blessed Sacrament Church hall, Windsor, Ontario.
Cause of Ven. Pauline Marie Jaricot Discussed: The virtues in the Cause of Beatification of Ven. Pauline Marie Jaricot, foundress of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, were recently discussed by the Sacred Congregation of Rites at a meeting at the residence of Cardinal Granito Pignatelli di Belmonte, Relator of the Cause.
108th Church Planned by Cardinal Ver
dier Dedicated: The 108th church planned by the late Cardinal Verdier to relieve the unemployment situation and to provide the Archdiocese of Paris with needed churches, was recently dedicated by his successor, Cardinal Suhard. This church, at Villejuif-surSceaux, is dedicated to Our Lady of the ApPigosthiellsr;g Democracies at Open Air Mass: An open-air Mass celebrated at Jeanne Mance Camp was attended by 750 Canadian soldiers and the -official representatives of half a dozen nations. In addition to highranking military officers of this district, consular representatives of the Low Countries, Greece, Jugoslavia, Czecho-Slovakia, Poland and jhoi hn na aFtht ended. her,
sFeast Kept at Rochester, U.S.A.: The keit of St. John Fisher was celebrated this year with a special Mass and Office in the Diocese of Rochester (New York) on June 22, Granting a request of Mgr. James E. Kearney, Bishop of Rochester, the Sacred Congregation of Rites has granted permission to include the feast of St. John Fisher (Bishop of the English Rochester) in the calendar and Proper of the American Diocese.
Gospel in Siamese: For the first time a
portion of the Gospel has been printed in Thai (Siamese) characters, according to a dispatch from the Fides Service correspondent in Rajaburi, Thailand (Siam). Copies of the Gospel of St. Luke in Thai characters for the Feast of Christ the King (the last Sunday in October) have been printed in the little Salesian printing office Udom Phan (precious seed) of the Apostolic Prefecture of Rajaburi.
Tercentenary of Montreal: Eucharistic and Marian Congresses will be held in Montreal next ytar as part of the religious observance of the tercentenary of the founding of this city. A delegation of Catholic religious authorities in Montreal called on the Mayor bf Montreal, Adhemar Raynault, to explain plans under way. The Mayor promised the full co-operation of himself and the Civic Committee charged with arranging the tercentenary observance.
Seminary and Camel at Ynnnanfu
Bombed: The Seminary and the Carmel at Yunnanfu, near Peiping, China, had to be evacuated because of the heavy bombing in that vicinity in January, Lumen Service has learned. The Carmelites are now at Ibleang. Father Letourmy, Yunnanfu missionary, who has been missing since October, is said to be held as a hostage by brigands; but there is considerable pessimism here regarding his fate, as the efforts of high officials to secure his liberation have failed.
Religions under the Holy See: The Sacred Congregation of Religious has issued the following statistics on the number of Orders and congregations, both of men and of women, dependent directly upon the Holy See: Orders of men, 61, with 108,347 members; Congregations of men, 93, with 105,067 members: Congregations of women. 720, with 789,338 members These statistics do not include the Orders and Congregations dependent upon the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church anti the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.
" Detroit News " Calls on Pope: In an
editorial under the title " An Undertaking for the Pope," the Detroit News declared that the chief hope for successful mediation of the war rests with Pope Pius XII. " No nation having any influence can qualify to mediate as a neutral," the editorial 'said. " Yet there is an international authority whose influence encircles the world, and that influence from the beginning has consistently been exercised in behalf of peace. Pope Pius XII is spiritual head of vast groups of the population of Great Britain and Germany.
Lay Leaders for Prayers: " By penitence and prayer all Christians can hasten the hour of peace," said Cardinal Goncalves Cerejeha, Patriarch of Lisbon, in a conununication addressed to the clergy and faithful. After urging special prayers and devotions, and suggesting that where pastors or priests were not available, the recitation of the rosary be led at certain set hours by lay leaders so that " there may not be in the Patriarchate any chapel silent and closed," the Patriarch appends the prayer for peace composed during the last war by Pope Benedict XV.