Haiti's Representative to the Vatican: Marius Geronazzo has been appointed Charge d'Affaires of Haiti to the Holy See. Previously he was Councillor of the Haitian Legation in Italy. He is an Italian.
Peace Novena in Spain: A novena of pilgrimages and public prayers for peace was observed throughout Spain, in June, at the suggestion of Cardinal Segura y Saenz, Archbishop of Seville. On the first Sunday the Cardinal, assisted by 30 priests, gave Holy Communion to more than 20,000 persons.
French Birth Rate: Radio Lyons refers to a " disastrous fall in the French birth rate," now apparent from 1941 data just published. In Paris the January rate of births was 50 per cent less, and the February rate 40 per cent. less, than that of preceding years. At the same time the death rate substantially increased, especially in the large cities.
Papal Honour for Canadian Prelate: The Rev. Maxime Tessier, Secretary for the past year to Mgr. ildebrando Antoniutti, Apostolic Delegate to Canada, has been named Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Ottawa by Vachon, Archbishop of Ottawa. The Pope has honoured Fr. Tessier by elevation to the rank of Papal Chamberlain.
Venezuela's Catholic Broadcasting Service: The inauguration of the Catholic broadcasting station, was the outstanding event at Caracas, Venezuela, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Encyclical Rerum Novarum, and the tenth of Quadra gestate, Anna. The station transmits on wave-lengths of 720 and 3430 kilocycles.
80,000 Catholics in Iraq: Among the 3,000,000 inhabitants of Iraq are 80,000 Catholics, according to statistics compiled by the Central Office of the Pontifical Work or the Propagation of the Faith of Lyons. Baghdad is the seat of a Latin Archbishopric. The Dominican Sisters of the Presentation of Tours have a hospital there with 100 beds and an orphanage for 200 childien.
Bishop Dies in Rome: Mgr. Massimo Rinaldi, Bishop of Rieti, died in the motherhouse of the Scalabrinian Missionaries in Rome at the age of 72. In 1900 he went to Brazil to serve among the Italian colonists at Rio Grande do Sul. Called back to Italy in 1911, he held the office of ProcuratorGeneral of his Congregation until 1924, when he was appointed Bishop of Rieti.
Corsican Convent Restored to Franciscans: The Bulletin Religieux, of the Diocese of Ajaccio, Corsica, reports that the Franciscan Convent of Alesani, closed and confiscated by the French Government in 1905, has been restored to the Franciscans. One monk is living in the building and is superintending its restoration, made possible through the generosity of Corsicans.
Canadian Zamzsun Priests: in Germany: The twelve Canadian Oblate missionaries, who were among the passengers saved after the Zamzam was sunk by a German raider In the Southern Atlantic have been taken to Germany, and are in good health and under the charge of the Oblate Provincial there, Fr. Becker, it is announced by the Very Rev. Gilles Marchand, Provincial of the Oblates in Montreal.
U.S. to have Mexican Shrine: The Corner-stone of the sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe was formally laid at Los Angeles recently. Completion of the 15,000dollar edifice will mark the final cementing of the religious relationship established between the Catholics of Mexico and the United States when Our Lady of Guadalupe was canonically crowned in Los Angeles in 1937 before a hundred thousand followers.
Devotion to Spain's Recent Martyrs: Rapidly increasing devotion to the 51 martyrs of the Claretian Seminary of Barbastro, Spain, in 1936, has made the publishing of a new American edition of their story essential. The Claretian Missionary Fathers had the largest number of martyrs of any Religious Congregation or Order in the Spanish Revolution. The official total recognised by Rome is 270. Their story is written from the firsthand account of a seminarian who escaped because he was an American citizen.
Founder of Co-operatives Receives Harvard Degree : On " a Nova Scotian priest through whose leadership and teaching an agricultural people learned to become masters of their own economic destiny," Harvard University conferred an honorary degree of Master of Arts. The Rev. James J. Tompkins, of the parish of Reserve Mines, Diocese of Antigonish, N.S., was the recipient of the degree. rather Tompkins is the founder of the well-known co-operative and adult education movements among the farmers and fishermen of the Nova Scotian