New Papal Counsellor: Mgr. Egidio Vagnozzi, Counsellor of the Apostolic Delegation in Washbsgton, has been named Counsellor of.the Papal Nunciature at Lisbon, Portugal. Mgr, Vagnozzi, who was 36 years old last February 2, is the youngest Counsellor in the foreign service of the Holy See. Lisbon is a first-class Nunciature.
Montreal Tercentenary : The commemoration of the tercentenary of the foundation of Montreal by Paul Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, which has been compressed by the exigencies of the war into two days, began last week with special religious ceremonies, including the celebration of a Pontifical High Mass on the slopes of Mount Royal by Cardinal Villeneuve. The se,cond day was devoted to civic ceremonies, including a homage to the memory of Maisonneuve at his monument, parades of the fighting forces, and a mass meeting addressed by the Premier of Quebec, M. Godbout, and other eminent French Canadians.
copper's Centenary: The centenary of the birth of Francois Copp& was celebrated at Paris and also at Toulouse. where a Requiem Mass was said in the Dominican Church. Copp& came to fame as a playwright with Le Passant. but he is better known by his book, La Bonne Souffrance, which tells the story of his own conversion to " a fire of Christian fervour."
Dunkirk's Church: The Historical Commission of the north of France has decided that it will be impossible to restore the St. Eloi Church at Dunkirk, which was so badly damaged during the battle in June, 1940. The people of the city, however, still hope that his edifice, so intimately associated with the history of the town, may yet be saved. The walls stand, as well as the 40 beautiful interior columns, and its general architectural lines arc preserved. The tomb of Jean Bart (16501702), the French hero who was a native of Dunkirk, is near the main altar.
Sister Freed In Hong Kong: Four Maryknoll Sisters who had been interned in Hong Kong have now been released. Whether the Sisters remain in Hong Kong and are free to carry on their missionary work, or whether they have left the territory, has not been stated. Since three are superiors and the other speaks Japanese fluently and thus qualified to act as interpreter, it might logically be assumed that these Sisters have been released so that they may be free to carry on the necessary business connected with any work undertaken by or assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters among internees.
French Clergy's Poverty: Mgr. Joseph Moussaron, Archbishop of Albi. France, has pointed out that under normal conditions many marvelled that a priest could exist on his small stipend. " Notwithstanding the devaluation of the franc and the rise in the cost of living," he said, " the salary of the priest has remained the same. It may be readily understood that need has entered many a rectory."
Gold Medal for Nun: The Vichy Journal °Hidel has announced the posthumous award of a gold medal to Sister Marie Louise of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who died of fever contracted while nursing natives at the Sidi-Bel-Ablacs hospital in Oran.
U.S.A. Catholic Papers Increase: The circulation of the American Catholic press is 9,125,655 to-day, and this represents an increase of nearly 2,000,000 over the last ten years. At the same time, the number of publications of the Catholic press in America has grown by 68 in the last ten years, and is now 332. These facts are revealed in the 1942 Catholic Press Directory, just issued. The present directory lists seven Catholic dailies, whereas ten years ago there were nine.