CARDINAL PACELLI'S FIGHTING SPEECH
SCENES OF UNFORGETTABLE PAGEANTRY MARKED THE CLOSING STAGES OF THE XXXIV INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN BUDAPEST, THE CAPITAL CITY OF HUNGARY.
Vast crowds, composed of representatives of nearly every nation and race, united in homage to the Sacrament of Love.
Cardinal Pacelli, Papal Secretary of State, and Papal Legate to the Congress, stressed, in his inaugural speech, the contrast between the Catholic unity and peace symbolised by the Congress, and the fierce hatreds and antagonisms which at this moment threaten to engulf our civilisation.
" Only Catholics, strengthened by the Eucharist, can save the world," he said.
The most dramatic moment of last week's Congress at Budapest came when the voice of the Pope, two days before his 81st birthday, was heard over the wireless, and the enormous congregation of fifty nationalities knelt to receive the blessing of God's Vicar on earth.
Below, EVELYN WAUGH, the noted writer and novelist, gives a vivid and moving account of the different acts of the great Congress, and paints the impression that those days have made in the minds of all who were present. He travelled to Budapest with the English and Irish pilgrimage as the Catholic Herald's special correspondent at the Congress.
FR. MARTINDALE, on page 2, supplements this account with sharp snapshots of incidents which will live in the memory, and penetrating side-lights which illumine the significance of this International act of Faith.
The substance of the Pope's broadcast to the Congress isquoted and commented upon in an article on page 8.
Keenly felt, but little discussed in public, was the absence of the large German and Austrian delegations which had at one time been expectecL The absence of any representatives of Catholic Austria from a Eucharistic Congress served to emphasise the grave yet inspiring temper of Cardinal Pacelli, who spoke as one reviewing his troops before going into action.