THE Holy Father has followed his talk to rosegrowers by speaking to groups of farmers, savings bank directors, aircraft manufacturers, railwaymen and leading agricultural scientists.
Once more, so soon after his grave illness, His Holiness is receiving and addressing a stream of delegates to national and international conferences.
Well over 35.000 delegates of the Italian Farmers' Union went to St.
Peter's for their audience. This highly enthusiastic gathering represented nearly 1,500.000 farming After his address the Holy Father came from his throne to speak to leaders of the union. Tht president presented the widows of Giovanni Munari and Afro Rossi. whose husbands were murdered at Columbaia of Carpentino because they were active members of the union.
THE aircraft manufacturers were the delegates to the general assembly in Rome of the International Association of the Constructors of Aeronautical Materials. which has members in France, Germany, the Netherlands. Belgium. Italy, Spain. Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In the Vatican they were meeting the first Pope to fly: His Holiness made many journeys by air when he was Papal Nuncio in Germany and in the United States when he was Papal Secretary of State.
The Holy Father offered them "every good wish " for the success of their work.
"The evolution of the aeronautical industry during the past half century," he said. " is realising in a sensational manner one of the most ancient and dearest dreams of humanitythat of flying.
" How ardent must he this desire in order to launch. without ceasing. engineers and pilots in new experiments ever more daring, to attain new records of speed, height and distance. One might almost say that in this domain there is no limit that one cannot hope to surpass one day.
" Is this nut a sign revealing an aspiration much deeper than that of beating a record. to prove the excellence of this or that material '1 " In this relentless conquest of space. as also in the patient effort of organisation that places at the disposal of all the paths opened by pioneers. we see in some measure the enthusiasm that urges man to surpass himself. to become morally great and find in his soul ever new resources of generosity and heroism.
"'the Church, when she blesses an aircraft, asks of God that this aircraft shall render human relations more easy and rapidandheflpr at the same time to propagate a and wide the praise and the glory of the Divine Name.
" If you share this noble ideal, you will have less difficulty in bearing calmly the difficulties and the tasks of your activity and each day you will discover more and more the deep meaning of the service of men and the honour of God."
THE Holy Father urged the savings banks to increase their support and encouragement of agricultural and professional credit, co-operative societies, building societies and organisations that encourage individual initiative and small undertakings.
In his address to the railwaymen —who came from Spain—the Holy Father spoke of " your Talgo,' the most modern type of train which according to the opinion of experts represents the solution of many old problems." The agricultural scientists came front 15 countries. including Great Britain. His Holiness sketched the rapid medical development of antibiotics and hailed their use in animal feeding as a valuable contribution to increasing the world's food supply.
The scientists were holding a conference sponsored by the Pfizer Agricultural Research Institute of America.