President Roosevelt, who is thought to have had conversations with his life-long friend, Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago, in regard to renewing diplomatic relations between U.S.A. and the Vatican before the latter lett America for Rome last week, sent a lengthy message to the Eighth U.S.A. National Eucharistic Congress which was held in New Orleans.
The President reaffirmed his belief in democracy, and said that a revival of religion would be the greatest blessing that could come to America.
The President's letter was read by Mr. James A. Farley, Postmaster-General, at a civic reception to Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago.
The letter was as follows: " My dear Archbishop Rummel : "1 send hearty greetings to you and through you to all who gather within the hospitable borders of the archdiocese of New Orleans on the occasion of the eighth National Eucharistic Congress. I trust that the deliberations will quicken the spiritual life of all who participate and inspire them with new zeal for the work of the Master whom we all serve.
Freedom of Conscience "We have just celebrated the 150th anniversary of the adoption of our Federal Constitution, which guarantees freedom of conscience as the cornerstone of all our liberties. We, in this country, are upholders of the ideal of democracy in the government of men.
" We believe with heart and soul that in the long struggle of the human race to attain an orderly government the democratic form of government is the highest achievement. All of our hopes have their basis in the democratic ideals. . . .
"We still remain true to the faith of our fathers who established religious liberty when the nation began. We must remember, too, that our forbears in every generation, and wherever they established their homes, made prompt and generous provisions for the institutions of religion. We must continue their steadfast reliance upon the providence of God.
" I have said, and I repeat to this solemn Eucharistic Congress, that no greater blessing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion.
Spirit of Sermon on the Mount "I doubt if there is any problem in the world today, social, political, or economic, that would not find happy solution if approached in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount.
" May your prayers hasten the day when both men and nations will bring their lives into conformity with the teachings of Him, who is the Way, the Light and the Truth."