By Fr. BERNARD BASSET, SJ.
News from Nyasaland
READERS of this column are no doubt sick and tired of Nyasaland. it has been mentioned here week after ezek-all because Patrick Cooley and his hand of helpers arc appealing for rosaries, pamphlets and papers; not ao very much beyond Our means. Cocley was working in England four years ago. Out in Limbe as an engineer he sees what is needed and knows that you and I would want to help. It thrills me that one of the late Mgr. Beauchamp's R.A.F. leaders should press on regardless in Nyasaland.
IN his latest letter Cooley sends his thanks lo all our readers who send .e.7. him literature so faithfully. EnorF.. mous parcels reach him every month.
• Limbe is catered for, and now they
are able IL, send a parcel of papers to the prison at Zombis every week. FAt Limhe the Catholic Action cells = and the missionaries have their coats = off and are at work building their school. Zomba's new Bishop, Mgr. Hardman, is the first Englishman to Income a Bishop in Nyasaland. He is a Lancastrian. a Preston man. Coolest write; "There are only 50 European Catholics irt Zomba. and the new Bishop has no house. cathedral, vestments, ring or money. We have collected a few pounds for the expenses of his consecration which takes place early in September."
TOSEPHINE and Alicia, 11-yearJ old Liverpool schoolgirls, w ere much distressed to hear of the future Bishop's plight. With great determination they decided to stage a jumble sale in their backyard. Friends were invited to contribute oddments and their teacher was persuaded to make some cakes. The Hardman Jumble Sale took place last Saturday. With admission twopence, £1 5s. was collected and despatched.
REMARKS made in this column some weeks ago defending the Catholic community against the charge of apathy brought in a pile of protests. Furious readers, quoting mainly front experiences in their own parishes. used the occasion to let off steam, Bees and bats had an airing before being put back in bonnet and belfry again. The longest letter ran to 58 pages. of which the last 20 were P.S. With so many of the accusations I. for cne, would agree. There is evidence of apathy in plenty. There are also many signs of apostolic zeal, and the question asked was: "Has the Catholic community in England ever shown greater zeal?"
'The Catholic Herald'
THE next chapter in the history of THE CATE IOLIC HERALD iS best told • Douglas Hyde's words: "For my self I was finding the atmosphere there (in the Daily Worker office) too suffocating to endure. I felt that I must he able to talk to someone belonging to my new Catholic World. phoned THE CATHOLIC HERALD, thinking that 1 would have most in cdrnmon with fellow-journalists, and one night, in a little Italian cafe just off Fleet Street, met the Editor, Michael de la Bedoyere, and two members of his staff. .1 they were the first 'live' Catholic laymen I had talked to." (I Believed. p. 272.)
Child: Mummy. I saw an enormous man as big as an elephant.
Mother: Darling, stop that; you know very well you didn't. If I've told you once, I've told you a million limes not to exaggerate.