Spread of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary since the Pope made the world-wide consecration at Fatima a year ago (October 31. 1942) is summarised in the following notes contributed by the Rev. R. Payriere, French priest in England, with whose crusade our readeis are now familiar. 12,000 copies of his pamphlet on the subject and 150,000 leaflets have.. now been distributed to all parts of the world.
Notable facts of the past year (apart from action by individual bishops here and abroad who have ordered the consecration of their respective dioceses, and also the appearance in the May issue of the Clergy Review of an article on devotion to the Immaculate Heart by the Apostolic Delegate) include the reception of messages here from many bishops in English-speaking countries, all of whom had been circularised by Fr. Payriere, expressing sympathy and showing encouragement. These include:
Apostolic Delegate in South Africa: " After considering the whole matter, especially in light of the Holy Father's recent consecration of the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I came to the conclusion that it was high time that this particular devotion should be promoted wholeheartedly in South Africa, and yesterday I wrote to all the Ordinaries recommending them to do all in their power to spread it." The Apostolic Delegate suggests in his circular that the devotion should be specially observed on First Saturdays with reception of Holy Communion and the recital of the Rosary."
A rchbisho p of Madras: "The pemphlet has been read immediately at our Seminary, and I have given it to our press to have it printed for distribution. Every parish, every institution, and the whole archdiocese of Madras were solemnly consecrated in May to the Most Pure Heart of Mary."
Archbishop of Calcutta: "I propose to publish a Pastoral Letter early in October, and I will take this opportunity to call on the faithful in the spirit of your letter with the consecration of the diocese on the feast of Christ the King to the Pure Heart of Mary. I will recite the consecration in my cathedral."
Archbishop of Ottawa: " His Excellency will see to the realisation of your wishes concerning this devotion."
Archbishop of Sydney: " At Fatima, as at Lourdes, Mary presents the Rosary as the peaceful weapon which triumphs in warfare."
Ex-Vicar Apostolic of Mackenzie: "The Apparitions of Fatima . . were followed by the wonderful improvement in Portugal in religion, politics and economy."
Fr. Payrierc's address is 185, Queen's Gate, London, S.W.7.