Page 1, 20th April 1945

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Catholic Tributes to the Late President

The Catholic world has paid its tribute to the sudden tragic loss of President Roosevelt. The Holy Father has expressed his " high esteem " of the " renowned statesman " with " fostered relations with us," and the Archbishop of Westminster has called him " a noble leader."

Memorial services have been held in many great churches of Christendom. Ecclesiastical and diplomatic Rome was present at a service of intercession at Santa Susanna's, titular church of the late Cardinal Hinsley.

After receiving the news of the death of President Roosevelt, the Holy Father sent the following

telegram to Mr. Truman: .

" The unexpected and sorrowful word of the death of President Roosevelt brings to our hearts a profound sense of grief borne of the high esteem in which we held this renovated statesman and of the friendly relations which he fostered and maintained with us and with the Holy See.

" To the expression of our .condolences we join the assurance of our prayers for the entire American people and for the new President, to whom we extend our fervent wishes that his labours may be efficacious in leading hit nation to an early peace that will be just and Christian."


The Archbishop of Westminster cabled to Mrs. Roosevelt as follows:

" The Catholics of this country desire to express their sympathy in your

tragic loss. Presideht Roosevelt was greatly admired by us for his strength of character, his relentless pursuit of ideals and his forthright denunciation of evil. A noble leader has been taken from our midst. The memory of his personal courage and leadership will long remain. Assuring you of our prayers."

Mgr. GrifRn also sent the following cable to Archbishop ,Mooney: " The Catholics of this country desire to express to the citizens of the U.S.A. their sincere sympathy in the great toss which your country has sustained by the death of President Roosevelt. May God be with you in your tragic hour and watch over you as you continue to struggle against evil things under your new leader. Assuring you of our prayers."

Preaching in Westminster Cathedral on Sunday the Archbishop said: "The whole nation mourns with the United States of America the death of President Roosevelt. He died on the eve of victory for which he had laboured and spent himself. We admired his outstanding 'courage, his deep love of peace, his defence of true democracy, his profession of faith in God, and his friendship for our country.

" Where others would have yielded, the President with amazing courage fought against the disease which afflicted him in early manhood. This victory over physical suffering helped him in his struggle for victory over the economic depression in his first term of., the Presidency The world will perhaps best remember his unceasing efforts for peace. He did all in his power to prevent the present conflict, At the beginning of X39 he stated : ' We desire peace. we shall work for peace, we shall leave nothing undone-to banish hatred, greed and covetousness from the heart of mankind.'

" His object in appointing Mr. Myron Taylor as his personal representative to the Holy Father was the preservation of Christian civilisation, the need for peace, and the desire to alle viate the sufferings of humanity. He knew that the peace he desired could have no permanent foundation unless built on religious and moral foundations.

" Ile defended democracy against the false claims of totalitarianism. He proclaimed the four freedoms as the basis of true democracy.

" In his public pronouncements he proclaimed his belief in God and in God's power to help in the conflict with evil. We recall with gratitude his deep friendship for our country and his timely aid in the days of her greatest

n Let us remember his widow and his family ` y in their great loss and pray also that God will guide his successor in the great responsibility that has fallen on him to help to work out a just and abiding peace.", MEMORIAL SERVICES A service of intercession was held on Monday in the church of St. Susanna. A number of cardinals attended the celebration; others, who

. were prevented from attending personally, were represented. Representa tives of the Papal State Secretariat, many bishops and prelates, representatives of Orders and a great number of secular and other ecclesiastical dig nitaries of the City of Rome were present. The two U.S. Ambassadors, numerous senior U.S. officers, the crone U.S. Catholic colony in Rome and many press representatives attended.

Prayers were said in English for peace and for God's blessings on the U.S. nation.

A memorial service for President Roosevelt, its simplicity, took place on Sunday morning in Notre Dame Cathedral which had been decorated for the occasion with black draperies.

At the central porch an American officer, attended by two soldiers, held the Stars and Stripes.

General de Gaulle, Mr. Jefferson Caffery, the U.S. Ambassador. and the Diplomatic Corps were present at the service.

General Farrell; the Argentine President, and Ministers and officials at tended a memorial service to President Roosevelt at the cathedral in Buenos Aires, at which military honours were rendered.

A memorial service ordered by the Officer Commanding the U.S. Army, U.K. Base, for the late President Roose velt was held in St. James' Church, Spanish Place, on Saturday. April 14.

The Archbishop of Westminster -was present, and gave Pontifical Benediction.

After Benediction, Brigadier-General E. F. Koenig, Commanding Officer, paid a tribute to the late President.

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