Page 5, 4th September 1942

4th September 1942
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Page 5, 4th September 1942 — DAY OF PRAYER.

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(Continued from page 1.) does to his fellow-men for that he will have to answer to Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, the Godman, who has said, " So long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me." the true Christian tries to see Christ In every man and to treat every one with the respect and love with which we should treat Christ.

A vision, you will say, a mere dream; but not only a grand and marvellous vision, not something merely fanciful and imaginary, but something which has already accomplished great deeds when men have put it into practice. For the difficulty about Christianity in our day is not that it has been tried and found wanting, but that it has not been tried.

RELIGION STRONGEST FORCE Religion is still the strongest force in the world and will always remain so, for man is made for God and cannot do without God. When he tries to do without God he goes astray, nothing less than God can ever fully satisfy the longings of man. And God Himself has told us that the only way to Him is through His Son Jesus Christ, Who is the way, the truth, and the life.

To God-fearing men and women in all countries we say, "Stand firm, resist evil, honour God, and love your neighbour. We in England arc praying that the hour of deliverance may be at hand, that God may not be tingly with His people for ever."

Christian men and women will yet accomplish still greater things in the world if only all of us who profess the name of Christian begin at once to live our rives on these two simple rules, love God above all things, love your neighbour as yourself. " Seek you first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you."

War Prisoners

(Continued from page 1.) cast by the Vatican Radio to the Apostolic Delegate, who is responsible for their reaching their destinations iir this country. Answers to these messages as well as enquiries about those who are still missing arc sent hack to Rome by the Delegate.


The Pope, besides this very concrete way of rendering assistance to those who are suffering from the war, has sent large sums of money to the distressed peoples of Europe.

He sent £8,000 towards the new Polish Hospital in Scotland; he sent over £2,500 to Malta for the relief of the distressed inhabitants; to the Polish Government in England over £2,0011 to help in the printing of Polish Bibles and prayer-books. To the Hierarchies of England and Scotland a sum of £15,000 has been sent to give help to those who are rendered homeless as a result of the war.

These gifts are all unconditional; they are given irrespective of creed or nationality.

Manchester Church is 100 Years Old

A Manchester' church, which was brought into being by a catastrophe at a neighbouring parish, last week celebrated the centenary of its foundation, The church is that of St. Wilfrid's, Hulme, now the city's oldest existing Catholic church, which was built and opened in 1842, as a result of the pressing need for accommodation caused by the collapse, in 1835, of the fabric of the old church of St. Mary's, Mulberry Street.

One of the few Manchester buildings designed by the famous Pugin, St. Wilfrid's is one of the finest examples of neo-Gothic art in the city, and a beautiful addition to its classic lines was made In 1922 by the erection of the present High Altar as a Memorial to those who fell in the 1914-19 war.

The church bad only been going five years when the great Irish famine drove taousands of Catholics to this country, many of whom •settled in the Manchester area. Many of them sought livelihood in the Hulme district, and others, because once again accommodation for the practice of their Faith in spite of the new mission was not sufficient, forced the opening of the new church of St. Chad's, in Cheetharn Hill, Si. John's, Salford (now the Cathedral), and St. Anne's, Ancoats,


To-day, passing through Hulme's grim streets, where the great architect's graceful building dominates wide areas scarred and flattened by slum clearance. and, since the war, " blitzed " property —for the raids of 1940 and 1941 took a net inconsiderable toll of Catholics living in the parish—it seems a far cry to those early days, when St. Wilfrid's stood serene among fields of wheat and corn, and was looked upon as the " faehionable " Catholic church of Manchester.

It is, however, recorded that " gentlefolk on their way to church came thrnugh fields full of golden corn and along lanes hedged with hawthorn and honeysuckle piped on their way by the songs of birds and the humming or bees," and that "Bedford Street (on which the church stands) boasted its line of carriages."

" Seamen Must Not Go on Dole"

—ADMIRAL SIR P. NOBLE Dedicated to Our Lady Star of the Sca, the new Apostleship of the Sea hostel at Watson Street, Birkenhead, was officially opened by Bishop Moriarty, of Shrewsbury, on Thursday of last week, Catholic Alderman W. H. 'Egan, Mayor of Birkenhead, presided supported by Admiral Sir Percy Noble, Mr, H. Graham White, M.P., and the Mayors of neighbouring towns.

The Apostleship of the Sea, said Bishop Moriarty, was a national organisation doing work of national importance in caring for the needs of seafaring men. The Birkenhead hostel was for the use of men of all nationalities and creeds, the only. stipulation being—they must be seafarers,

Admiral Sir Percy Noble declared that anything that could be done now for the men' who go down to the sea in the Merchant Service was worth doing. Referring to the future of the seaman the Admiral said that his livelihood should be placed on a firm basis —" We do not want to see long queues of our finest seamen waiting for jobs when this war is over as was the case after the last war."

The Star of the Sea hostel includes a canteen serving meals from 9.30 a.m. to 10 p.m., a billiards room, dance hall, concert room, games roorn, library, and oratory. The voluntary staff, under the direction of Fr. Hugh McHugh, B.A., Port Chaplain, is drawn from the Legion of Mary and the Guild of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

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