King of Jordan's Visit
SIR,-As an instance of insensitiveness on the part of British publicists, surely their failure to notice the significance of the King of Jordan's recent State visit to Spain could hardly be surpassed. It may be, of course, that " the word has gone out " that the event must be ignored. hut, whatever the reason. the silence is. there. and Catholics, at any rate, should break it.
Yet, how many Catholics, in fact, have even noticed it? •How many, if it comes to that, have noticed the significance?
Fortunately. we floe have the Vatican pronouncement regarding a possible rapprochement (in so far as one is possible) between Rome and Islam, through their common belief in God and their detestation of Communism; and it is a possibility even more breath-taking in its implications than any that might occur between. Rome and Canterbury. Seen in this way. King Abdulla's Visit to Christian Spain has an importance beyond all reckoning.
What a wonderful reversal,
furthermore, of history! Thirteen years ago. when Moorish troops returned to Spain to help in saving that very Faith whose armies had driven them back to Africa, this process had begun, and now it may be that we are about to witness its fulfilment. This same Islamic King. too, is to repair, at his own defraying, the damaged Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Does there not begin to he perceptible a stirring of the waters?
P. R. Byrom (Lt.-Cola Grateley, Hants.
THE " C.H." IN FINLAND
siR.--You will be interested to read the sentence concerning THE CATI-101 IC 1-IERAED which we found in a letter received from " Academicurn Catholicum " of Finland: " I think THE CATHOLIC HERALD is exactly the publication we so long have missed-full as it is of debates upon actual problems, of which we of course always hear the Lutheran or even atheistic views."
" Acadernicum Catholicum " is a group of Catholic university and graduate students similar to your Newman Association and Union of Catholic Students. though of course on a much smaller scale. since there are so few Catholics in Finland. They arc affiliated to both branches of Pax Romana, International Movement of Catholic Students and Graduates and have asked us Some time ago whether we could send them some of the Catholic periodicals in English or French which would hells them get acquainted with Catholic points of view on various current problems and topics. In response to their letter we have sent out spare copies of Tee Como. etc HERALD, and as a result have received a most enthusiastic letter of thenks from which the above quote has been taken,
I wonder whether any of your readers would be willing to send an additional cony of Tim HERALD or another Catholic periodical in English to this erotic) or other similar ones in Scandinavian countries which are more or less in the same position as the one in Finland, I would be willing to give the addresses to which these publications could he sent.
M. K. HARICHT, Director. Relief Department. Pax Romano. Fribourg. Suisse.
SIR,---I have read with interest and gratitude Dr. Hickey's letter in your last issue, in which she pays such generous tribute to the work of our sisters in Uganda, singling out for special mention our veteran misstoner, Mother Kevin.
The coming month will recall the setting out for Uganda. 47 years ago, from the Mother House at St. Mary's Abbey, of that first little band of sisters under the leadership of the intrepid American-born Mother Mary Paul White. That zealous missionary was summoned by her superiors at Mill Hill from her labours among the coloured people of U.S.A.. where our sisters had been working for the negro since 1881, to shepherd the little flock of ardent. youthful missionaries through the perils and hardships of those first years in a new continent. During the few years Mother Paul worked in Uganda she did much valuable pioneer work--work which has been vigorously continued by her successors, usually to the accompaniment of our Franciscan heritage of poverty! Dr. Hickey is kind enough to regret that the work of our sisters in
hospitals incidentally Mother Kevin is the pioneer of maternity work for religious-training centres, schools and leper camps has failed to meet with that public acclamation which in God's design has encouraged the missionary activities of more modem Congreeations.
May we suggest that sometimes the wishes of Foundresses are re spected in Heaven? it was the desire often expressed of our Foundress. Mother Mary Francis Basil. of Spanish and English origin, herself a noteworthy convert from Anglicanism, that the work of her children should he hidden and unknown, and true to her dislike of any form of onblicity she is the despair of would-he biographers.
The Rev. Fr, Martindale, at whose disposal were placed some years ago the archives of St. Mary's Abbey. has summarised with much skill, charm and humour the origin of our particular Franciscan community and the heeinnings of our work in England, the United States and Africa. He called his booklet (published by the C.T.S.) An Untold Talc. and still much of the " tale" is untold and unsung," and our Foundress's wishes still respected!
MOTTO R M. ST. JOHN. 0.5.1-..
St. Mary's Abbey.
Mill Hill. NW.?.