ROSARY RALLY Ten
Fr. Peyton in Australia
THE largest Family Rosary Rally so far held by Fr. Patrick Peyton in the English speaking world took place when 110,000 packed the Sydney Cricket Ground, scene of many a Test match, to overflowing.
During his Australian tour Fr. Peyton has spoken to crowds totalling 350,000.
Only once has he addressed a larger cr owd than that which beard him in Sydney. That was in Malaga, Spain, where he spoke to 150,000.
Presiding over the rally was Cardinal Gilroy, Archbishop of Sydney. Speaking on behalf of the laity was the New South Wales Prime Minister, Mr. J. J. Cahill.
In the chair was the city's Lord Mayor, Alderman P. Hills.
The speeches were recorded by a local radio station and broadcast later in the day.
Most of the crowd which filled the stands to overflowing were in their places three hours before the rally began. Specially augmented train services had been arranged to get them there.
As the Cardinal entered the grounds with Fr. Peyton he was met with a fanfare of trumpets, and the enormous crowd, which by now epread out on to the ground. greeted him with clapping which continued until he had taken his place on the dais.
'The tradition of thc Family Rosary is a very old one in Australia —as old as our country itself," the Premier told the crowd.
"From the earliest settlement. before there were priests and churches in the infant colony of New South Wales. it was the custom of Catholics to pray together at the close of the day."
At the end of the rally Justice MeClements, of the Supreme Court, moved a resolution protesting at the continued religious persecution by the Governments of Eastern Europe and particularly the banishment of Cardinal Wyszynski.
The resolution was seconded by Mr. Norman Thom, Federal Secretary of the Electrical Trades Union,
Before the rally, Fr. Peyton went to every convent of enclosed nuns throughout the district, asking them to pray for its success.