Mgr. Hughes Those of your readers interested in the work of the White Fathers may care to know of the wonderful tribute paid to a most distinguished member of that great missionary Order recently in Egypt. As quoted by the Cairo Le Rayon, the CoptOrthodox paper Rissalat Al !loyal devotes considerable space to an article by M. Aziz Abdov, who writes as follows: " Outside Minia railway station was an enormous crowd of all races and religions including orderly contingents of Boy Scouts and school children. I said to myself . . . I was amazed at the ensuing demonstration which continued until the small central figure had entered the nearby church . . . and this personage was none other than Monseigneur Arthur lIughes, Papal Intemuncio to Egypt, who speaks with as much eloquence and courage as he does with charm. . . ."
Such words of praise are indeed symptomatic of the position occupied in the hearts of all persons of goodwill by Archbishop Hughes in Egypt where he has indeed added fame to the Order to which he belongs and also incalculably enhanced the prestige of Holy Church. -J. W. R-F., Dunhoro', Suffolk.
Did Mendelssohn Die a Catholic ?
The late Arthur Barclay, Director of Music at Brompton Oratory, once told me that Mendelssohn had died a Catholic. I think he got this from his master, Wingham, who was a pupil of Sterndale Bennett, " the
English Mendelssohn." Barclay used to point to the composer's late works, such as the setting of Lauda Sion, as evidence. I now find, in a little-known pamphlet, Cardinal Newman as a Musician, by Edward Bellasis (Kegan Paul, 1892), the following footnote: 'We have it on good authority that a Jesuit Father told a Mr. Okely that one of the Fathers received him (Mendelssohn) into the Church shortly before his death. Our informant thinks the occurrence took place in Switzerland. . . . Moreover, he adds, that the late Fr. W. Mather, Si., on one occasion, previous to Mendelssohn's Lauda Sion being done at Farm Street, addressed the congregation: Perhaps you would like to know that the author of the music we are about to hear died a Catholic.'" I have never met anyone who knows the facts and shall be grateful if any of your musical readers can shed any light on the mystery. J. R. HAMILTON, 141a High Street, Kensington, W.8.
Vespers-in Pembroke Dock ?
If the Rev. Dr. Newman can find time. to peruse the Holy Father's Encyclical, Mediator Del, published two years ago, and translated into English, last August, by Canon G. D. Smith (C.T.S., Is.), he will find in Part Three. Chapter One, Paragraph One Hundred and Fifty-Eight, the words: " It is greatly to be desired that they (the laity) should take part in the recitation or singing of Vespers or Compline on Sundays and Feast Days in their own parish churches," During the latter years of my incumbency at Pembroke Dock we sang Vespers on the Great Feasts, and Compline every Sunday-in Latin. If and when Vespers arc sung in English in my former parish. I can promise Dr. Newman that my religious convictions will prevent me from accepting his kind invitation, The Holy Father-i.e., Pope Pius XII-says, to his " Venerable Brethren." " we therefore urge you and your flocks to see that this pious custom (of saying or singing Vespers or Compline in Latin!) does not lapse-or, in cases where it has fallen into disuse, to revive it where possible." I trust. therefore, that the possibility suggested by Dr. Newman will not eventuate.-Ivoa HAEL.
George Alba Rosa -Augustinian Martyr Can any reader tell rue the real surname of George Alba Rosa, apparently martyred at Austin Friars, London, in 1537? There is a short chapter, besides several other references to him, on his martyrdom in Notes on the Lives of the English Augustinian Martyrs . . . by Rev. E. A. Foran, O.S.A. (London, 1922). He was a professed Augustinian, preparing for the priesthood, and was " a young man of 22 years. who was a descendant of the Knights of the White Rose, and consequently of royal descent." Fr. Foran refers to him generally as George A. Rosa (sic). If this description of his birth, taken from sub-contemporary sources, I gather, be not mere fancy (Fr. Martin de Condres and Fr. Paul of St. William, Augustinians martyred in 1544, are stated to have been " both born of royal blood "), it should be possible to say what was the English form of his surname, but I have not been able to find a clue. F. H. M. Hoots, 42 Wyatt St., Maidstone.
Rome Pilgrimage 1950
There must be many people like myself who, through ill-health or financial reasons, will be unable to travel to Rome next year. I would, therefore, like to suggest that a Central Fund be started to enable a good representative body from every parish to take the journey. The point is that, generally speaking, the young people have the energy and not the money, whereas the elderly have the money but lack the energy.-JOHN R. Cox, Journeys End, Wye, Kent.
1 wonder how many readers of your staff reporter's quiz to railway workers were struck, as I was, by the sheer selfish egotism of the
workers interviewed? " If a lot more of our chaps were on the Executive we would be O.K. They would know what we wanted and how it was to be done," said the parcels foreman. (The italics are
mine.) The driver's one concern
was spite against " the rich ": a form of rationalized jealousy that neither nationalisation nor anything else seems to eradicate. The same theme cropped up in the article on Cardinal Suhard and the Paris Missions: it was feared that a priest living the life of a " worker " would acquire working-class hates. But if hatred of our brethren is a sin, is it not the first duty of such to try and reason his fellow workers into a healthier frame of mind ? ROLAND ANDREW, Beecheot, Lostock
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Catholic Writers It is surprising to hear Miss Maisie Ward, whose name is one of the best-known in Catholic publishing, complain of the lack of Catholic writers. My wife and I recently completed a topographical history of London for Catholics-a complete "Catholic Guide to London. This is a work not previously attempted, and embodies the result of considerable research. No less than six Catholic publishera expressed interest in the idea. Four of them saw sections of the manuscript and were gratifying in their comments on it. None of the six would undertake to publish within the foreseeable future " because of heavy commitments."-.1. P. DERRIMAN, 42a Redcliffe Square, London, S.W.I0.
Mr. de Turville's suggestion that the Legion does not appeal to the English mentality is difficult to maintain in view of the figures published at our National Congress held at Whitsun; 821 branches exist in England and Wales with a total membership of 50,000 active and auxiliary Legionaries. His second statement concerning targets of Ayes and Pater Nosters is puzzling. Apart from the daily recitation of the Magnificat and the prayers said at the weekly meeting, the Legionary's prayers are the concern of his own soul. F. PETERS, National President.
Catholic Propaganda More space may be given to religious news in provincial newspapers as a result of the recent slight increase in the newsprint allocation. Short but effective reports supplied by parish priests to local editors of special services and devotions, and total attendances at Christmas Masses, Holy Week and Eastertide services, missions and retreats are welcome. Numbers are news, and so are short and snappy descriptions of the so-called " mysterious mumbo-jumbo" devotions of the Catholic Church. LIAM SHINE, Maidstone.
Dismantling in Germany Your reporter this week quotes Mr. R. R. Stokes, M.P., as describing the decision to dismantle certain factories in the Ruhr as a victory for " vested interests" in this country.
Others may think that the target for criticism should rather be the Government that let itself be persuaded.-COMMON-SENSE.
In reply to Mr. Barker: If Eiger loved the Liturgy all that much, it is a pity that he did not help to improve the "shoddy performances" of Catholic choirs and congregations instead of lending his genius to the " Three Choirs Festival," during which cathedrals, once Catholic, become mere concert-halls!-I. H.
County Guides Attracted by M. C.'s praise, I bought North Wales in the Penguin series. and am disappointed to find that its information is vague and scrappy sometimes inaccurate, as when it says that " a religious service is usually held once a week " at Holywell, when daily devotions at the well are held in summer-time! The nearby Friary at Pantasaph, with its picturesque " Via Crucis," is not even mentioned. The Bartholomew maps are delightful.-Cymeo.
Knox Old Testament Douay makes Elias say " How long do you halt between two sides." A.V. has " halt ye between two opinions." Knox, from the Vulgate " Usquequo rlaudicatis in duas ponies", gets " Will you never cease to waver between two loyalties." And, once again, our good old Douay takes the prize I Ex-ANota
Irreverence in Processions Is it merely crass ignorance of the rudiments of good manners or something worse that makes so many people in outdoor processions chat and laugh together as they follow the Blessed Sacrament?-M, L.
Catholics in Canada Your paper, which I see quite often is a very good one indeed.
But please let me make a correction: Twice you have stated incorrectly the Catholic population of Canada.
We are at least 43 per cent., which is 5+ millions. You said 4 millions. -E. M. S., Canada.