NEW PAPER MAKES A BOW
All work stops for midday Angelus FOR nearly three years, the
350,000 Catholics of Western Nigeria have been without a Catholic paper.
This weekend (August 14) zees the birth of a new one, the "Independent." It has been restarted by bishops in western and northern Nigeria in response to a need. The Sisters of St. Peter Clever, who have printing presses for the missions all over the world, have set up a press in Ibadan, (pop. 500,000), capital of Western Nigeria. It is their 'first venture in West Africa.
Editor of the newspaper, which is a weekly, is Fr. Patrick O'Neill S.M.A., from Dublin, who ran a Catholic paper in Cape Coast, Ghana. for three years.
Mr. Michael Morrissey, a 30year-old sub-editor from Manchester. and a former correspondent for the Curtiosus HERALD, is helping him for a two-year, tour, after which a Nigerian will take over as assistant editor. The nuns, who have a house in Beckenham. Kent, say they would establish further printing works in Africa "if we had more Sisters. We are hoping for vocations from Nigeria." The white-robed nuns, who have successfully established press centres in Uganda and Rhodesia, have come from Europe, America and New Zealand. Says Sister Mary Lourdes, the head printer: "We are enjoying life in Nigeria. People are intelligent and accept responsibility." Man behind the birth of the paper is 48-year-old Bishop Richard Fin., S.M.A., of Ibadan, who comes from Mayo. He was consecrated 18 months ago, and made a six-month-tour of Europe and America raising money for his expanding diocese. Much of the £50,000 for the whole project Compositors busy themselves at the Claverianum press, Ibadan, Nigeria, where printer-nuns have started their first press in West
comes from catholics in Germany and America.
Messages of welcome for the new paper have come from leading politicians. The Oba of Lagos, an important Moslem leader, wrote: "Catholics all over the world are noted for their piety and their valuable services to mankind." The printer-nuns, who command awed respect among effervescent Nigerians, arc: Sister Perpetua, superior, a compositor, born in Poland, but now a naturalised American citizen. Spent the past four years in Dublin, at Bushy Park, where the nuns do administrative work for their presses in Europe, and also repair Missionaries' vestment. Mass-boxes and buy things they need to take back to Africa, Sister Perpetua started at the Order's printing works in St. Paul's. Minisota. in 1937, as an apprentice, and finished in 1955 as manager.
Sister Mary Lourdes, who is in charge of the Ibadan press-centre, is also Polish-born. She speaks seven languages, including English. Twice she fled from the Nazis during the Second World War. Sister, Verena, a Swiss bookbinder, speaks no English, but is settling down well in the lovely new convent 50 yards from the printing works. Sister Juliana, fresh from several years in Wellington, New Zealand, is also Polish-born. She is in charge of the administration. The nuns have built a printing works which is the envy of Nigeria with its parlour, tea room and showers for the 25 Nigerian workers and high-quality printing only for the missions. Prayers start the working day and everything stops for the angelus at noon — even the few Moslems or pagan workers who have been engaged.
Africa. Sister Mary Lourdes, from Poland, checks a picture-block in left centre, while at right centre, compositors' overseer Johnson Oluwole Osinubi, aged 26, directs fellow-Nigerians. At left can be seen a blackboard on which the day's saint is chalked