With the greatest affection and admiration, Catholics throughout the world will celebrate next Friday, with Masses, Holy Communion and prayers, the 80th birthday of Pope Pius XII and the 17th anniversary of his election to the Chair of St Peter.
In England and Wales the Hierarchy have granted permission for evening Mass on that day and have urged the faithful to receive Holy Communion for the Holy Father's intentions.
In Westminster Cathedral, High Mass, followed by the "Te Deum", will be celebrated at 6 pm in the presence of the Cardinal Archbishop.
In Rome and the Vatican the greatest celebrations are being reserved for Sunday, March 11, the day preceding the anniversary of the Holy Father's coronation.
At least 500,000 people are expected to gather in and around St Peter's Square and in the basilica itself to greet His Holiness when he goes to celebrate Mass.
It will be a day of tremendous thanksgiving for the preservation of the life of the Sovereign Pontiff who has brought the nations personally and individually closer to the Chair of the Vicar of Christ than they have ever been before and has brought untold spiritual and religious benefits to Catholics in every comer of the world.
From The Catholic Herald, February 24, 1956