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Mistake Nearly Causes Archbishop's Absence From Opening Of Glasgow's Catholic Exhibition

The Ceremony Described

From Our. Own Correspondent


For probably the first time in history a diminutive church (affording accommodation for less than two hundred persons) housed four Prelates, the representatives of three countries, and civic, educational, cultural and social leaders, when Mgr. Donald Mackintosh, Archbishop of Glasgow, on Saturday formally opened the Pavilion of Christ the King at the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow.

visit the Pavilion.

The Pope, as was announced in last week's issue, conferred the Apostolic blessing upon all who had assisted in the construction of the Pavilion, and who attended the solemn inauguration.

The weather, hitherto excellent, broke on Friday night, and visitors to the inaugural ceremony were treated to that fine drizzle which is known the world over as "Scots mist." This necessitated the widespread use in the unroofed cortille of umbrellas.

For some hours before the ceremony was due to begin a large crowd had gathered outside the Pavilion. Through a loud-speaker they could follow the Mass and the trend of the Archbishop's address.

When the Elevation bell rang, visitors to the Exhibition saw the unusual phenomenon of a crowd, head bent in silent devotion, kneeling upon the rain-swept ground.

Archbishop Refused Entry

A singular incident nearly caused the absence from the ceremony of Mgr. McDonald, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

His Grace, unfamiliar with the Exhibition area, and not knowing which of the many entrance gates should be used for the purpose of his visit, in error singled out a gate at the wrong end of the park. His identity unknown, .he was refused admission until a passer-by, retognising the Metropolitan-Archbishop, gave his iden tity to the gatekeeper. His Grace, as a result of this delay, was nearly ten minutes late for the ceremony.

Present within the sanctuary were Mgr. Andrew McDonald, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh; Mgr. Henry Gray Graham, Bishop of Tipasa; Rt. Rev. Sir David Ilunter-Blair; titular Abbot of Dunfermline, Mgr. Kelly, and Mgr. Forbes.

The representatives • of the following countries accepted the invitation of the committee: Ireland, Mr. Sean Keavy, representing the High Commissioner; Australia, Captain H. C. Smart, C.13.E.; France, M. le Comte de Curzon, Consul-General in Scotland.

The Corporation of the City of Glasgow was represented by four Catholic magistrates.

Welcome to All " I would like," said Mgr. Mackintosh in a brief inaugural address, " to extend a hearty welcome to all who are here today and to all who visit the Pavilion during the time it will be open."

While it is not intended to hold regular services in the Pavilion, Mass and Benediction the Committee states, will be said on the request of Catholic societies and visiting bodies.

The guide to the Catholic Pavilion also rebuts the allegation that the membership of the Church in Scotland is composed of " foreign Irish." With a native membership of over ninety per cent, the Church in Scotland must be accepted as a native in

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