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THOUSANDS DEMONSTRATED IN VIENNA'S GREAT CATHOLIC DAY

Korea's Apostolic Delegate Consecrated

SEOUL, KOREA.

Bishop Thomas J. McDonnell, Auxiliary of New York, last week consecrated Bishop-elect Patrick J. Byrne, M.M., a native of Washington, as Korea's first Apostolic Delegate at the cathedral in Seoul, Bishops Paul Ro of Seoul and Adrien Larribeau of the Paris Foreign Mission Society, now stationed in Korea, were the co-consecretors.

FROM JOHANNES TODT

Vieretee.

Vienna's first "Catholic Day" for 16 years was held on June 12. It really began on the evening of June II with a grand torchlight procession of Vienna's Catholic Youth. About 25,000 boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 24 took part.

They marched, headed by a huge crucifix carried by six youths, from

the Vienna Rathaus along Ring Street, Vienna's biggest and finest street, which surrounds the city.

The scene was an impressive one. Carrying torchlights the 25.000 young men and girls filled the whole width and length of the street. It looked like a tremendous stream of lire. The discipline was grand and all were singing as they marched.

At the roadside were about 80.000 spectators, applauding and cheering. Roads leading to Ring Street were blocked with cars and lorries on the top and bumpers of which people crowded.

From the Ring the procession moved on to the big square in front of the Kirche am Hof. The square, which holds about 30,000, was packed to capacity. There Cardinal Innitzer officially opened the' Katholikentag.

After speeches. Benediction by the Cardinal closed one of the most powerful demonstrations of Catholic youth Vienna has ever seen, On Sunday morning 70,000 attended a solemn open-air Mass on the Heldennlate in the Emperor's Palace. Cardinal Innitzer celebrated the Mass, using the chalice which was used on the occasion of the Eucharistic World Congress held in Vienna in 1912.

The altar wae placed above the big stone arch over the outer palace te. In the afternoon a mass meeting brought 60,000 to the Vienna Sports Stadium.

Two powerful speeches were made, one by a layman, the other by the secretary of the Catholic Action, Fr. Mauer, one of Vienna's greatest orators, Fr. Mauer directed his hearers' attention to Catholics in the neighbouring Communist countries. Remember, friends, our suffering brothers and sisters who are sighing under the burden of the totalitarian States. The God of the Confessors. Jesus Christ, give them courage, hope and patience, freedom and peace," he said. "The Church outlasts everything. If it seems weak, it is strong. Systems break and persecutors die.

" Let this be our vow in this festival hour: Never shall there be a Judas among us, who will sell the freedom of the Church for 30 pieces of silver, for a financial agreement's sake. Never shall there be a clergy, leaving their bishop in the hitch,

never a 'Church of Austria.' Where the Pope is, there is Christ 1 " Then came what was for me the most striking thing of ail, a sacramental procession around the Stadium running track. As the Blessed Sacrament was slowly carried around the track it symbolised for me Christ really at the centre of the modern world,

The Catholic Day was held under the slogan, e Render to God what is God's," and badges bearing those words were worn by all who took pert.




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