Page 7, 17th March 1950

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Page 7, 17th March 1950 — RECORD NUMBER OF HOLY YEAR PILGRIMS
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RECORD NUMBER OF HOLY YEAR PILGRIMS

A FEAR among some people that the Holy Year is becoming a "flop " in the number of people going to Rome is dispelled by inquiries THE CATHOLIC HERALD made this week.

Many more people are in fact

going lo Rome this year from this country than in previous Holy Years. Mr. F. Bannister, secretary of the National Committee for the Holy

Year, told THE CATHOLIC: HERALD OD Monday that already the committee has sent out about 4,000 pilgrims' wallets and that about 3,000 will be used before the end of April.

20,000 A WEEK

A few days ago the committee sent to Rome for more wallets. and expects to have sent out between 6,000 and 7,000 by the end of next month.

Large pilgrimages were not to be expected in the first months of the Year.

But in April-for Easter not only will there be the national pilgrimage, but also some 30 groups of 15 to 7(1 or 80 pilgrims each, besides a large number of individual pilgrims.

1 he legion of Mary and diocesan pilgrimages will each number some hundreds. There will he a slackening off during the hotter months, hut more big groups will be going in September.

'Me biggest of all will go in the autumn, when the Archbishops and Bishops of England lead another national pilgrimage.

Mgr. Pignedoli, secretary of the Central Committee for the Holy Year, reports from Rome that the flow of pilgrims has now reached 20,000 a week.




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