A Commemoration in Rome
In the great hall of the Angelicum, in Rome, a short time ago, a distinguished gathering of Princes of the Church and other high ecclesiastics, together with a multitude of clergy and laity, commemorated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of Pauline Jaricoe Upwards of a dozen Cardinals were present, while the prelates and priests must have numbered several scores.
Pauline-Marie Jaricot was a saintly Frenchwoman whose memory is kept green by her greatest work, a work which has been well described as the apostolate of " the organised halfpenny." She it was who, when a young woman, set on foot a systematic collection of tiny individual offerings for the foreign missions; from that small beginning grew the great Association for the Propagation of the Faith.
How the Work Began.
In 1819 Mademoiselle Jaricot set her hand to this particular activity. She had already established among pious servant girls and other workers a union of prayer, and from its members she first solicited offerings. The work shaped itself on systematic lines. Each of a number of friends was made a promoter by =let-taking to get one cent weekly from ten subscribers; one out of every ten promoters gathered-in and forwarded the joint collection of the ten; so, at the end, one central treasurer received the full total subscribed.
When the A.P.F. was officially launched, in 1822, this plan was adopted and applied to the Association's manner of working in many countries throughout Christendom : Pauline faricot's hopes were realized.
A Mighty Growth
Some figures were quoted, at the Rome celebration, by Archbishop Costantini, in proof of the magnitude to-day of the work so humbly begun 118 years ago. To-day, he said, the A.P.F. organisation aids 651 missions in various parts of the world. Between 1923 and 1936 it collected and distributed a sum in lire equivalent to about £6,795,000; and this year about £623,000 will be distributed.
Pauline Jaricot was born, and died, at Lyons. The accompanying illustrations leproduce an early portrait and show the house where, in 1862, she ended her life of abnegation and good works.