From Our Own Correspondent
Non-Catholic visitors to the Catholic Pavilion at the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, have outnumbered Catholics by nearly two to one.
This interesting piece of information was given to me by a prominent Catholic Pavilion Committee official in the course of an interview this week.
Tomorrow afternoon, as the Empire Exhibition enters into the last hours of its six months of life, a squad of men will commence the dismantling of the Pavilion. About the same time the Holy Father will receive a vellum bound copy of the Catholic Pavilion souvenir, which describes the "Church of Empire " and deals exhaustively with the history and influence of the Church in Scotland and the Empire.
The Last Mass
Tomorrow morning the Archbishop of Glasgow will preside at the final Mass, to which admission will be given in the order of first come first admitted. In the afternoon Benediction will be given for the last time.
When the Pavilion has been dismantled many of the fittings will be given to a number of churches. The magnificent outer murals will, unfortunately, be destroyed, because they were painted on the walls and not upon detachable fittings. The gigantic painting of Christ the King, which dominated the southern hill and indeed two thirds of Empire, will be no more.
Although full information concerning the Pavilion's financial budget is not available, 1 understand that £6,000 has been received in public subscriptions, and approximately that sum has been spent on the erection and maintenance. Alterations to the building, made at public request, cost about £600, which was not initially budgetted for. The alterations included a sliding storm roof for the open cortile, and new Stations of the Cross.
To Go to New Zealand ?
Particularly successful has been the missionary exhibit, both as a source of propaganda, and in obtaining support for the missions. Inquiries as to the possibility of obtaining the exhibits for a missionary exhibition to be held in New Zealand in two years' time were made by a New Zealand prelate during his visit.
The visitors' book contains names from all parts of the world, of people in all walks of life; for instance, that of the Queen, the Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand, Lord Elgin, Sir Walter Maxwell-Scott, the Free State Commissioner, and many more.