QUEEN Elizabeth mother of King Leopold of the Belgians, left Brussels for Rome last week to attend the formal opening of Holy Year in St. Peter's.
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THE Egyptian Government has authorised its consulates abroad to grant tourist visas to everyone possessing pilgrim's cards issued by the Central Committee for the Holy Year. The object of this step is to encourage pilgrims who are visiting Rome during Holy Year to visit Egypt as well.
THE Assumptionist Pilgrimage to Rome from May 23 to June 2 aims at fosterieg devotion to Our Blessed Lady. There will be a special Mass at the Assumption Church, Bethnal Green, before the departure; on the journey out a pilgrimage Mass will be said at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation. Turin, and another in the Church of the Annunciation, Florence.
In Rome Mass will be said at St. Mary Major's, the pilgrims will assist at the Canonisation of Blessed Joan of France, renowned for her devotion to Our Blessed Lady in tic mystery of the Annunciation; and a pilgrimage will be made to the Augustinian shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Genazzanon.
A direct descendant of Blessed Joan cannot, through his own past generosity, afford the journey, so the pilgrimage director, Fr. 0. Slater, A.A., Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, London, E.2.. would welcome any contributions towards a free place for him on this pilgrimage. The inclusive fare will be
£35 15s. For all information and bookings apply to The Haves Travel Service, Group Department, 154 Strand, W.C.2. . .
CATHOLIC Bishops .from Den
mark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, will lead a pilgrimage of 800 Scandinavian Catholics which will leave Copenhagen for
Rome on April 30. The pilgrims will stay in Rome until May 11. They will attend the canonisation of Antonio Maria Claret on May 7, it is understood.
• * • AT least 1,000 Cubans are expected to take part in four pilgrimages to Rome during the Holy Year. The first pilgrimage, for which 200 reservations ha at already been made, is to be led by Cardinal Arteaga y Betancourt, Archbishop of Havana.
roLLEcTivE passports will be ' issued by the Italian Ministry of the Interior to groups of Holy Year pilgrims travelling to Italy with pilgrim's cards, announces the Central Committee for the Holy Year. The collective passport consists of a list of all pilgrims in each individual group, which will be handled as a whole. The list will be compiled by the Diocesan Holy Year Committee in triplicate and
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A SMALL group of Mexican " pilgrims who arrived in Rome on December 21 attended a special mass recited by Cardinal Canali in the private chapel of the Governor of the Vatican City, Count Camillo Serafini, on aDeeen:ber 22.
R0Mus Daily American, and Italy's only English-language newspaper, has published a specie! 28-page Christmas Holy Year edition. This Is the largest paper to be printed in Italy.