INTERNATIONAL. Congress of Snacred Music yicweillar fbreom May 2 held here during the Holy
to 30, 1950, with many composers, choir directors, liturgical authorities and students from all over the Christian world expected to attend. The congress will deal with Byzantine, Gregorian and polyphonic
music. There will be displays of manuscripts of Byzantine and Gregorian music and of medieval and polyphonic music from the Vatican library and the libraries of Grottaferrate, Montescassino and Spain. Publishers who wish to he represented are asked to send their works to the Commission on Sacred Music for the Holy Year.
ACCOMMODATIONS for a mini
mum of 13,000 pilgrims at one time—under ecclesiastical auspices and at moderate prices—are available here during the Holy Year, according to the Holy Year Bulletin. According to one official, the number of pilgrims that can thus he accommodated may well reach '20,000. A particular effort is being made at the insistence of the Holy See and the Holy Year Central Committee to provide for pilgrims of modest means. and to reduce, as far as possible, the tendency of hotel keepers toward speculation and profiteering.
IN past times, following the cere mony of the opening of the Holy Door by the removal of masonry, two large wooden doors were hung in its place to serve temporarily during the Holy Year. The wooden doors were removed at the end of the Holy Year. This year two bronze-plated doors will be hung on the interior side of the Holy Door for the Holy Year after the masonry is removed in the opening ceremony. Henceforth, however, these bronze-plated doors will remain opened into the interior after the walling-up ceremony at the close of the Holy Year to serve as an appropriate reminder of where the Holy Door is.
DATES of three Holy Year beati fications and one canonisation were made known this week. The canonisation of the Blessed Vincenzo Maria Strambi, Bishop of Macerate and Tolentino, will take place in June. The beatification of Vincenzo Pallotti, founder of the Institute of Apostolic Missions, on January 22, 1950; that of Sister Maria Desolate Torres Acosta, founder of the Sisters of Mary for Assistance to the Sick, to February; and of Sister Paola Elizabeth Cerioli, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family, on March 19.