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French nuns' 100th year in England

Catholic Herald Reporter A CONGREGATION of nuns which was founded to help maintain English students for the priesthood in foreign seminaries. during the 1860s, is celebrating the hundredth

year of its English foundation.

People who should keep stones in their pockets ARCHBISHOP MURPHY of Cardiff has spoken out on the question of morality. In an interview with South Wales Echo features editor Mr. Gareth Bowen, his Grace referred to the fact that quite a few people have made statements concerning the " immorality of our day."

"But I am more concerned about the morality of our day," he said. "In other swords, if men arc immoral, and accept the fact that, in human weakness, they have fallen, then there is every chance of forgiveness.

"But if men are immoral and claim that they are being moral, and merely emancipating themselves from antiquated taboos, or following the 'morality' of the day, then the world is lost.

"This is the unforgiveable sin— simply because there is nothing in this 'morality' to forgive. Hence, while no one is quite innocent in this context, I feel that religious leaders who preach. politicians who govern, broadcasters who broadcast, playwrights who dramatise, journalists and novelists who write, should all keep their atones in their pockets and beat their own breasts first."

Christmas card wins prize

ASCARLET, gold and black design depicting Good King Weneslas, won the first prize of E50 for D. D. Davies, of Maesyrefell, LIwyngroes, Tregaron, Cardiganshire, in a Christmas Card competition.

The card will now he used to raise funds for the Freedom from Hunger campaign. Judges of the competition included Archbishop Murphy, of Cardiff, Dr. A. E. Morris, Archbishop of Wales, and Dr. R. Ashman, president of the Free Church Council.

The Congregation bears the title Sisters of the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, though the Sisters are often referred to as " The French Blue Nuns " because of their French origin and the colour of their religious habit.

It was under Cardinal Wiseman that the Sisters' first English foundation was established—at Kensington -and it was the Cardinal who later asked them to extend their charitable works to the care of aged priests and to nursing the sick in their own homes.

Today, the Sisters have a home for priests at Clifton (Bristol), and have homes for ladies in London, Bournemouth, Stroud and Clifton.

All fully-qualified nurses, the Sisters also do district nursing work. They are allowed to nurse their immediate relatives when ill, and are given it month's holiday in their own famliies every five or seven years.

Two French bishops came over this week for centenary celebrations at Clifton (Bishop Caillo, Coadjutor Bishop of Evreux. and Bishop Faye, Auxiliary Bishop of Quimper). And a Pontifical Mass was celebrated by Bishop Rudderham of Clifton. in the presence of Archbishop Grisnshaw of Birmingham.

Chaplaincy given £1,000 legacy

CANON WALTER GRACE, Chairman of the Liverpool Archdiocese Education Commission, has given a personal legacy of £1,000 to the Liverpool Catholic Chaplaincy Fund.

Archbishop Heenan of Liverpool announced this on Saturday when the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Liverpool University Catholic Society was commemorated with a Dialogue Mass in the crypt of Liverpool Cathedral. Archbishop Heenan emphasised that the establishment of a new chaplaincy for Liverpool University was a most urgent educational need.

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