PILGRIMS RETURN. — "A very happy pilgrimage indeed " was the description applied by one of the participating clergy to the Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which returned last week. It was the first pilgrimage under the leadership of the Bishop of Leeds (Mgr. H. J. Poskitt) and altogether about 300 persons took part, including 30 priests and sixteeii stretcher cases.
Liverpool GM. GUIDES CORONATION BENEDICTION.—Girl Guides from all parts of the Liverpool Archdiocese attended a Benediction service on Sunday afternoon last in St. Francis Xavier's, Liverpool, in honour of the Ceeronation.
PRAYER AND PENANCE TO COMBAT COMMUNISM.—Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament took place in all the churches and chapels of the Liverpool Archdiocese on Sunday, in oonformity with the Holy Father's desire to "foster and intensify the spirit of prayer joined with Christian penance" as an efficacious remedy against the Communist menace.
COMMUNISTS AND RED SPAIN SUPPORTERS are invited to a meeting in Preston, when Mr. Douglas Jerrold, of the English Review. will address a meeting on "The Spanish War." He is coming to Preston immediately after his debate in Glasgow with Mr. John McGovern, M.P., on the same question.
MGR. CRANK'S GOLDEN JUBILEE. —Mgr. Thomas Crank, distinguished 74year-old priest, celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his ordination today.
" TERESA HIGGINSON."—The cause for the canonisation of Teresa Higginson, now reaching its final stages of examination in Rome, is being advanced by Mgr. J. O'Brien, but before he leaves for Rome he will lead the annual visit to Neston on June 12 organised by the Liverpool Teachers' Archdiocesan "Teresa Higginson " Committee.
" BOMB-PROOF."—Moston's so-called " bomb-proof " church was opened on Sunday by the Bishop of Salford. The church has cost £17,000. The Bishops of Mcnevia and of Achonry preached.
ARRAS REMEMBERS. — Alderman Walter Lee, a prominent Catholic citizen and former Lord Mayor of Newcastle, was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour at Arras on Sunday, May 30. Twenty years ago Arras lay in ruins, destroyed by enemy artillery. Alderman Lee, who was at that time Lord Mayor of Newcastle, started a city scheme for the adoption of the French town. Generously supported by his fellow-citizens, Alderman Lee was able to do great work in the re building of Arras. His labour has not been forgotten. Sunday's ceremony was a tangible demonstration of the gratitude of Arras and of France.
The Pope has appointed Cardinal Goma, Archbishop of Toledo, to be in charge of the spiritual needs of the whole of the Nationalist forces.