By MAX JORDAN One hundred bicycles and 400 tons of newsprint, gifts of His Holiness Pope Pius XLI to the Catholics of Germany, have arrived and serve to fill some pressing needs.
The bicycles will be turned over to priests in the eastern provinces of the Reich who are in charge of parishes extending over widestretched diaspora areas. Motor vehicles are almost unobtainable.
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The need of bicycles becomes evident in the light of figures, just obtained from the Soviet zone of occupation, which convey an idea of the huge task faced by the Catholic clergy there.
In the province of Anhalt-Saxony, for instance, 240 priests now must attend to the spiritual needs of 800.000 Catholics, as compared to 150 priests stationed in that area before the war, ministering to a Catholic population of 150,000 souls. There are parishes in that region numbering as many as 90-100 towns and villages.
The newsprint is to be used for the publication of sorely needed catechisms which will carry the coat-of-arms of the Holy Father and the imprint: " The paper for this edititin is a gift of Pope Pius XII to his beloved German children."