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priests from the Holy Father
'Catholic Herald' Staff Reporter
AWORLD wide appeal was launched this week tor a " Million Crown Fund " to help towards the completion of Westminster Cathedral-the mother church for Catholics throughout the Commonwealth and regarded by many non-Catholics as a national monument.
Returning from Rome on Saturday. Cardinal Griffin brought back the Holy Father's personal blessing on the project.
Since the beginning of the first
world war little has been added to the Cathedral's completed brick structure.
A sum of £250,000 is needed to carry out a limited amount of the further work envisaged in the plans drawn up by Bentley
who conceived a Byzan I ine Cathedral rich in marble and mosaic decoration-and to provide endowments for the Cathedral choir school.
Patrons of the Appeal are Cardinal Griffin, Archbishop O'Hara, Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Myers, Archbishop Mathew and Bishop Craven. An appeal committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the Duke of Norfolk. It includes Catholic peers and M.P.s and other well-known lay personalities.
The " field work " has been entrusted by the Cardinal to Fr. Louis Marteau, formerly an assistant priest at Ruislip. who was responsible for much of the success of the Vocations Exhibition at Olympia.
Because the faithful throughout the counto are being appealed to for new schools and churches, it has been decided to organise the Cathedral appeal fund centrally from Westminster.
Fr. Marteau converted the £250,000 figure into a " Million Crown Fund "'on the basis that if 1,000.000 Catholics would each give 5s. over a period of five years the money would be wholly secured.
He is calling for collectors who will each pledge themselves to rally 20 men and women donors from among their acquaintances. Each donor will give five shillings towards the fund-at the rate of Is, a week, a month, or even a year.
The collectors will be known as the " Friends of Westminster Cathedral " and will wear an appropriate badge or brooch.
A superb collection of colour photographs has been taken showing the interior of the
Cathedral and the choir school.
With these, with lantern slides and with visual models. Fr. Marteau is ready to give illustrated lectures to Catholic societies and organisations on the Cathedral's history, its architecture and its treasures.
He will outline, with reproductions of some of Bentley's original drawings, the work which is to be undertaken in the near future.
And he will show how the Cathedral is a central power house of prayer. the centre of Catholic administration, and. indeed, of Catholic life.
There will be an appeal to the industrialists of the country to contribute towards the Cathedral as an outstanding feature of national life.
Mgr. Gordon Wheeler, the Cathedral Administrator, said this week that Cardinal Griffin, during his audience at Castel Gandolfo a few days before. showed the Holy Father the recent pictorial publication on the Cathedral. and His Holiness recalled that he had attended Pontifical High Mass there at the time of King George V's Coronation.
There will be no conflict between the appeal and the Government's request to limit spending. said Mgr. Wheeler. because the expenditure of the money collected will be