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Christian Missionaries in China wholeheartedly desire co-operation between the Churches

"THIS co-operation min*, continue after the war."

My table was littered will) rice samples when Fr. Vetch. of Yintack, Kwantung Province. said this to nte. I was reminded of the lad with five barley loaves and two small fishes and the multitude that had been fed, The Presence of thc Lord Who had taken these live barley loaves and fed the multitude with them was with us as we talked, I remembered also that after thc multitude was fed seven basket:eats of " that which was left over " were taken up. The co-operation after the war between Catholic missionaries and ourselves in China will. we hope. be part of these basketfuls that are left over from the Charity and Love of our grieved Lord after the multitudes have been led.

Example from Canton

When Canton was threatened in 1938 an English Methodist missionary. Hetbert Alton, who had shown his initiative and energy in many experiments in pig breeding and agricultural improvemeets, organised a joint [chef committee in co-operation with the Catholic bishop of his own city. and then set oft to visit more isolated cities. In Yintack he found a German Lutheran lady and H. etch.

A year later Yintack was engulfed in the war for a few weeks. The German Lutheran lady and the Catholic priest were ready and able because of his help to deal with all who suffered and all who were in need.

It is a far cry hone Yintack in South China to an old farm house in New England, ten miles out of Boston. But there Fr. Malone. of the Maryknoll Order, unwittingly recognised my orders by saying after I had spoken to his novices, " There! I told you you would be interested in the way Bishop Hall puts things, perhaps it is because he is a Bishop.

1-r. Malone had hen Superior of the Maryknoll House in Hongkong for several years. Men and women of his Order. priests, laymen and Sisters. had been vigorous and successful in relief work all over South China, and my office in Hongkong and many of my colleagues up-country have got to know many of them extraordinarily well, through working togethet, feeding the multitudes.

When Canton Fell

When Canton fell, all missionaries, of course, remained in Canton (though unt'ortunately the Italian priests in the area east of Canton weie in retreat in Hongkong when the blow fell). Within three weeks of the fall of the city. a relief boat sailed from Hongkong bearing coal and rice, ambulances, salt fish, drugs, beans and dried vegetables, and twelve relief workers.

I asked Fr. Kennedy to lead the party. He is a Jesuit priest who had served as a doctor in she R.A.M.C. in France in the last war. With him was Fr. Cairns, of the Maryknoll Order (as full of fun and expansiveness as 1r. Kennedy's humour was dry and subtle). Fr. Orlando, a young Italian with a cherubic face, who was posted, to the amusement ot all of us, to the lunatic asylum' in Canton, later won the admitation of the whole countryside by refusing to interrupt his Mass at Daileung because the Japanese military were entering the city—on no peaceful mission.

the team was completed by Iwo Sisters (Si a French Canadian Order, an English Medical Missionary and his wife, a Seventh Day Adventist Missionary Doctor front America, and an Austrian refugee Doctor who had been in charge of one of the largest children', hospitals in Europe. He was delighted at this chance of serving other people, and so easing some of the pain in his, heart for his own fellow-countrymen in Austria. Unfortunately, he died before a month was out.

Waiting for them in Canton was Dr. James Henry, an American Presbyterian University President, whose father had been a missionary in the same city and who therefore spoke Chinese from the cradle. knowing both the slang and the less reputable expletives of the cities and of the countryside. Dr. Henry was chaitman of the Relief Committee. The sectetaries were two Englishmen, (i. F. Allen, who had recently come to China from Lincoln College, Oxford. where he was a theological lecturer, and N. V. Halward, Colony Commissioner for Scouts in Hongkong and Chaplain of the British Community in Canton, Associated with them was Bishop Fourquet, a long-bearded Frenchman. who found it easiest to speak to me over a glass of wine or with his arm round my shoulders. and who had gathered the poor people round his cathedral into his compound and house and fed them and comforted them all through the air-raid period. The team was rendered still more picturesque by an English Salvation Army Brigadier who walked in to the committee loom, the vestry of the Catholic church, as if he had just got out at the tribe at St. James' Park.

Co-operation in Hongkong

In Hongkong we have had still more intimate friendship and co-operation. l'r. Gallagher, the Jesuit Principal of 4Nah Van College, and I chaised together •' The Grant Schools Council," on which we all wolked together to secure adequate treedorn not only for religion but For teaching in the schools.

I understand that some of the older members of my church wete a little embarrassed at first at this new era of co-operation. They would have been relieved if they could have seen the very fundamentalist book on the Bible which Ft. Byrne, who had been Supeoltu of the Jesuit Order in Hongkong when our co-operation began, presented to me suitably inscribed in appreciation of the work we had done together. I do not regret that this attempt to br ing rile back to the view of thc Bible, which I gather was shared by him and by the older members of my own church, hash not so far been successful.

Then there is Bishop Valtorta. I remember Bernard Shaw .conting to Hongkong tind shocking some meatbers of our community, perhaps not so many as he had hoped to shock, by saying that if a young num was not a COMIIIIMiSt at twenty, he would be intvitably a fossil at forty. Bishop Valtotia's comment to me when the excitement was at its height was this. " I would like to be a student now, I would pretend to be a Communist and kidnap the ViceChancellor."

I expect that as a student he was a leader of many rags. I heat that he endeaeoured, without success, to get permission from the Japanese to act as trustee for all our churches in Hongkong. He has. however, l know, using the accident of his Italian nationality, been active in help for the British people interned its Hongkong.

must not disclose to you his political views, but 1 hope that before long he and I may stand side by side by the war memorial in Hongkong as we have done so often as each November I I came round, and that I may hear him again in liii, perfect Latin, " Rest Lternal grant unto them 0 Lord: And let Light! perpetual shine upon them."

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