Page 5, 14th August 1953

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Red war on Church heats up in China

TWO Irish Jesuits arrested just over a week ago have arrived in Hong Kong in the steady stream of priests expelled from China who continue to reach the Colony as Chinese Communist pressure against the Church increases.

During the past month some have been arriving every day.

The Irish priests—Fr. John O'Meara, of Mallow, and Fr. Canice Egan, of Dublin—reached Hong Kong with a Swiss priest, Fr. Edward Limat, on Friday. They had been arrested in Canton, sub

jected to long interrogations and mock trials, and expelled from the country under guard.

They were arrested and 'tried" separately. Each heard read out long lists of his alleged crimes. Much was made of their connection with the Legion of Mary, which the Communists described as "an imperialist organisation working against the Government."

Attempts were made to get them to sign documents stating that this was so. They refused, and their refusal was included in the list of "crimes."

On a slow train

When they were expelled they were taken separately to the border on a slow goods train. None of them knew that the others were on the train until it had crossed into Hong Kong.

The train left Canton in the middle of the night and they were hustled aboard in secrecy.

Only two foreign priests are now known to be free to go about their work in Canton. The fate of a third priest—another Dublin Jesuit. Fr. Richard K en n ed y—is uncertain. Some reports say that he has been arrested.

Five more Jesuits—two of them French, and the others from Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Spain—arrived on Sunday, expelled from Shanghai. One of them. Fr. Andre Gaultier, of Paris, said: "You watch, the Communists are going to get rid of all of us."

Fr. Joseph Sweeney, one of two expelled American priests who had been running a famous Chinese leper colony. said he thought they would deport every non-Communist foreigner.

All the arriving priests bring news of arrests and suspected arrests of European and Chinese priests and of redoubled efforts by the Communists in their campaign to brand the Church as "imperialist and reactionary" and to win support for the socalled "independent church."

One report says the Communists have jailed 30 foreign and 10 Chinese priests since the middle of July, and that another 40 Chinese clergy are under house arrest.

'Fresh urgings' The Times correspondent in Hong Kong said last week that the "national church" campaign has made little headway but recent arrests may be a preliminary to fresh urgings to establish it.

Priests reaching Hong Kong have told how Chinese Catholics are keeping up a brave front despite the Communist persecution. There are accounts of their gathering to sing hymns and pray beneath the windows

obfeinbgulhiedlidngs in which priests were Two Marist Brothers expelled from Shanghai within the past two weeks said that churches there were filled to capacity even for daily Mass and that roost Catholics were going to Holy Communion daily.

They said "The Catholics are holding together fervently and resisting all blandishments to go over to the independent church."

Mgr. Peacock resigns

A month after his 89th birthday. Mgr. ProvostPeacock has resigned as parish priest of St. Pancras's Church, Ipswich, and is to reside at Beaconsfield. He remains Provost of the Northampton Chapter. Ordained 62 years ago, he worked at Ipswich for 32 years.

ENGAGEMENTS

Mgr. Parker, Bishop of Northampton. —Sunday : Sung Mass at 11.30 a.m. and leads diocesan pilgrimage at 2.10 p.m. tn Walsingham. 'Wednesday: Professions at the Holy Cross Convent, Gcrrards Cross, afternoon. Thursday : Sings Pontifical High Mass at the re-opening of the enlarged church at Chesham Bois, 11 a.m. Sunday, August 23: Visitation at Marlow, 11 a.m., Confirmation, afternoon.

Travelling Missions

Southwark.—Tbe Mission will this week visit : (1) Westbourne in the parish of Chichester. Mass will be said on the Feast of the Assumption (tomorrow, Saturday) and on Sunday at "Deep Springs" at 8.10 each day. (2) Aldington and Brenzett in the parish of Ashford, Kent, Mass will be said at Pattison's Farm, Aldington, at 6.15 a.m. on the Feast or the Assumption and at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Mass will also be said on Sunday at Harriet Cottage, Brenzett, at 10 a.m.

Shrewsbury.—Mass will be said on Sunday in the Civic Hall, Pontesbury, at 9 a.m., and at Mrs. White's, BentLewitt. at II a.m. The Mission will next week visit Basehurch and Ruyton XI Towns.

Nottingham.—The Mission will this week visit Tulbeck, Caythorpe, Nough on the Hill and Hougharn. Mass will be said in the Village Ifall at Bottcsford at 8 a.m., at Burke's, Tetnpleway House, Caythorpe, at 9.45 a.m., and in the Village Hall. Barkston, at 11 am.

Northampton„—Mass will he said on Sunday at the Legion Hut. Blakeney, Norfolk, at 8 a.m. Summer Campaign: Mass and Benediction at Brandon, Sotfolk. Mass will be said on Sunday at 9.15 a.m. and Evening Service will take place at 6.30 p.m. at Little Chalfont, Bucks. (Inquiries to: Yules, Pucks Thatch, Village Way). On Sundays, August 16 and 23, Mass will be said at 8.30 a.m. and Evening Service will take place at 6.30 p.m. in the Wilson Mather Chapel, sited at The Maltings, Market Place, Whittlesey, Northants. Week days: Mass will be said at 7.30 am.; Essening Service, 7.30 p.m. Next week ; Middleton Cheyney, Marston St. Lawrence.

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