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many readers of this paper as the English priest who went to Naples to help Fr. Borelli with the scugnizzi, or street urchins.

I was reminded about another of his good works this week when he spoke in London at a soirée arranged by the Friends of Collegio John Henry Newman.

Fr. Bruno founded the Newman College at Naples a few years ago as a residential centre for young Italians attending the University of Naples.

He had been disturbed by the living conditions of many of the young men vtho were descending on Naples to study, at great sacrifice, for a degree. Uprooted from small villages, full of intelligence, and having thrown off the elementary religion imparted to them, they acre living three or four together in dirty little rooms with no incentive to explore the intellectual and spiritual riches of the Catholic faith. Many were drifting into Communist activities.

Fr. Bruno attempted to change this by opening a Catholic hostel for them.

His venture has been astonishingly successful. A new student life has been opened by it in Naples.

The young men themselves are now running the college. making their own rules and choosing their own officers under Fr. Bruno's guidance. A new recruit is accepted for a year. After this trial period his fellow-residents vote on whether he should be permitted to stay. There are at present 30 students. They pay what they can—in most cases about £7 a month sent from home. But this is never sufficient. Outside help is needed. The Catholic Women's League Relief and Refugee Committee at 2Ib Ashley Place, London, S.W.1, has generously stepped in by offering to channel donations from Britain.

Benedictine no more DOM BEDE GRIFFITHS, the well-known English Benedictine monk of Prinknash Abbey, has taken an important step as regards his personal position and that of the Church in India.

He has transferred his stability to Kurisumala Ashram, the monastery which he helped to found five years ago in the southern Indian state of Kerala. This means that he is no longer a monk of Prinknash Abbey or of the Benedictine Order.

Kurisurnala Ashram is a monastery dedicated to adapting Christian monasticism to the culture and traditions of a Hindu society.

It is an independent monastery of the Syriac rite, coming under

oriental Canon Law and not affili

ated to the Benedictine Order. It is ecumenical in the fullest sense. It prays that the three Catholic rites in India may work more harmoniously, that the dissident Jacobite Church will return to Rome, and that Christians and Hindus will learn to love each other.

The community of 20 barefoot monks live in the Indian fashion completely: They squat on the floor to eat and sleep on rough mats. Dom Bede, wearing the Kavi. a saffron-coloured robe of a sanyasi, lectured in England last year on the need of the Church to adapt herself to the East. "We are not simply bringing a new religion to India", he said. "We are discovering in the depths of Hinduism its inner dynamism, its inner movement towards fulfilment, which will be found in Christ. That surely is to preach the Gospel in the very heart of Hinduism, as it were, in answer to its deepest desires."

Abbey driver A£25,000 appeal to restore an abbey which is older than that at Westminster was launched in Dublin this week. Behind the appeal is the slight, energetic figure of Fr. Thomas Egan, whose dogged determination to restore the 750-year-old Ballintubber Abbey has won him headlines wherever he goes.

The Abbey at Ballintubber, which has been in continuous use ever since it foundation—and d•uring Penal Days—is in Co. Mayo. not far from Castlebar. It was founded 300 years before the Reformation by the King of Connacht for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, and is 29 years older than Westminster Abbey, built in its present form by Henry III in 1245.

At the moment, however, Bailintubber Abbey is only partly roofed, and the indefatigable Fr. Egan is moving heaven and earth (it is impossible to think of a more apt phrase) to get the restoration work done in time for the Abbey's official 750th birthday in 1966. He has 30.000 appeal envelopes to send out, for a start.

One person who must look on all this activity with an astonished eye is Archbishop Walsh of Tuam. The Archbishop originally sent Fr. Egan to Ballintuhber because he thought the priest was in delicate health and needed a rest.

Star speaker THE Catholic Stage Guild in London has won an important speaker for its meeting next Friday at the Spanish Club in Cavendish Square. None other than Sir Torn O'Brien.

Sir Tom has had a varied career and should have an interesting and many-sided talk to give.

From starting work as an errand boy, be rose to become an M.P., President of the T.U.C., and even Chief Barker of the Variety Club of Great Britain. For 32 years he has been General Secretary of the National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employees. Since 1957 he has been a director of the Daily Herald.

On top of all th'is he is a VicePresident of the Catholic Stage Guild, which puts him in the company of Sir Alec Guinness, C.B.E., and Joan Hammond, C.B.E.—both long-standing Vice-Presidents of the guild.

Life at 75

THAT eminent author and typographer. Mr. Stanley Morison, has celebrated his 75th birthday. But he is still working. The present job in hand is a

book about President Wilson. Mr. Morison who was received into the Church when he was

• hardly out of his teens, will have 20 books to his credit when the Wilson one is completed. Among these are such intriguing titles as The Calligraphy of Ludovico deli Arrighi, and lchabod Dawks and His News-letters.

Mr. Morison has been typographical adviser to some venerable institutions — the Cambridge University Press, the Monotype Corporation and The Times. He holds the gold medal of the American Institute for Graphic Arts in New York, and the gold medal of the Bibliographical Society in London.

Teens' special Teens' special THESE are adventurous times for Catholic publishing. Last week I mentioned the phenomenal expansion of The Word, the ninepenny illustrated Catholic family monthly. This week I have news of a new twoshilling Catholic monthly which aims to compete with the best in the teenage market.

Teenways will make its appearance in September, backed by the company which at present produces diocesan newspapers for Liverpool and Birmingham.

It will, I am told, be "Catholic in ethos, pop in appearance", with several pages in colour. There will be news of Catholic youngsters in action. Feature material will be "free of condescension — alert, vigorous".

hope the price will not prove to be too high.

Away from it all SPOTTED last week on an

"away-from-it-all" fishing holiday at Bundoran, Co. Sligo: Archbishop Murphy of Cardift and Bishop Ellis of Nottingham. They were guests of Bishop O'Doherty of Dromore.

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