The great hall of the Vatican Press Exhibition held an audience of about four hundred persons recently at a lecture session devoted to the subject of the Press in mission countries.
The meeting was opened by the President of the Committee of Organisation of the Exhibition, Count Della Torre. The Secretary of Propaganda Fide, Archbishop Constantini, spoke on the need of tact on the part of those in charge of journalistic work in mission countries. It must be their constant aim to avoid offending unnecessarily the susceptibilities of the people whom they were endeavouring to evangelise, and they must remember that their purpose was solely to make these people listen to the message of Christ.
The Apostolic Delegate to the Belgian Congo, Mgr. Dellepiane, spoke at length on the different forms of missionary journalistic activity, illustrating his remarks by personal experiences in central Africa. Mgr. Ferrero, of the Congregation for the Oriental Cihurch, spoke of the special mission of the Catholic press in its relations with inembers of the various Separated branches of the Eastern Church.
Mgr. Bouquin, Director of the Fides Service, gave a succinct summary of the activity of Fides during the first ten years
of its existence. Fr. Bertini, Editor of II Pensiero Missionario, gave an account of the activity of the magazine, and Fr. Dindinger, Librarian of Propaganda Fide, spoke about missionary bibliography. The meeting closed with a few words from Cardinal liumasoni-Biondi, Prefect of Propaganda. Among those on the platform were also Cardinal Tisserant and several archbishops, bishops, and other prelates.