• By' a Staff Reporter
More than 700,000 dollars have already been raised out of the million needed for the financing of the film The Divine Tragedy which Count Georges de la Grandiere is to produce in France.
Count de la Grandiere, at present in America, has told a reporter of the American Catholic news agency that he regards the permission of Sir Stafford Cripps to release £50,000 sterling in the form of contributions from Britain, as " a minor mirecle."
According to this cable, Count de la Grandiere is understood to have said that the full quota has already been raised here.
Baroness Ravensdale, who was in charge of the preliminaries here, is at present in a nursing home. When I rang up her home and asked her to comment on this, I was told: "No committee has yet been formed with regard to issuing the appeal but Lady Ravensdale has received £14,000 for the fund as the result of ao article she wrote. Unfortunately, she is unable at the moment to deal with any business matters."
Fr. Alfred Barrett, S.J., executive secretary of the Catholic Press Association of the United States, reports that the Count in an interview with him said that the Pone had hoped the film would be finished for Holy Year but this may be doubtful as arrangements have still to be completed for collecting the contrlbu•
tions from twelve countries where " ' the little people ' will co-operate in what we hope will be a spiritual Marshall plan."