KEVIN GRANT, who spent a number of successful years as general manager of the Catholic Herald, and who will also be remembered as the dynamic director of Aid to the Church in Need, has sent me a copy of a fascinating new Catholic magazine, 30 Days, with which he is associated.
It is an 80 page glossy magazine, in colour, like Time magazine in format, and gives inside international coverage of Catholic news.
Its editor is Joseph Fessio SJ. It appears 11 times a year, annual subscription £21. Obtainable from Kevin, telephone 0243-573648. It is one of the many activities of his new writing and publishing bureau, conducted from October Cottage, Main Road, Old Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex.
I found that the most fascinating article in 30 Days was that of that lovely man, Cardinal Henri de Lubac, who played a decisive role in the French resistance to antiSemitism. The Vichy government, under Marshal Petain, to its eternal shame, promulgated anti-Jewish laws, and tried to justify their actions with the Vatican.
The then Fr de Lubac wrote articles and books in defence of
the Jews which were secretl■ circulated in France by th( Underground. Many of Fr th Lubac's companions were sho by the Gestapo. He managed tc survive.
Until recently, Kevin wa managing director and editor-in chief of the weekly newspape owned by the Hierarchy o England and Wales. He was on of seven or so casualties of the new broom, the last to leav being the new £25,000 a yea editor, Kevin Rafferty, who tool up his bed and walked out of th, newspaper one Friday night. Hi predecessor was that brillian Catholic journalist Rowann Pasco, editor for six years, wh( resigned to head up religiou affairs on TV am.
However, there seems to b good news of Kevin Grant' former journalistic colleagues a they have, I am given t understand, joined the Natioru Union of Journalists, despite a odds.
We wish our friend an colleague Kevin Grant ever success with his new writing an publishing bureau in Chichester Words Ink.
Congratulations also to Kevi on his being elected a member o the Athenaeum, since he wa obliged to leave hierarchice journalism.