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VAST CROWDS AT CARDINAL'S HOMECOMING

Brings Special Message From The Pope " England's Youth

Must T ke

Great Care"

Thousands Kneel To

Receive Papal Blessing

CROWDS WHICH IN SIZE AND ENTHUSIASM HAVE BEEN WITHOUT PRECEDENT IN RECENT CATHOLIC HISTORY GREETED CARDINAL HINSLEY LAST SUNDAY ON HIS RETURN FROM ROME.

The Catholic Herald had reporters at Folkestone, Victoria and in Westminster Cathedral, whose evidence of the fervour of the people's greetings is below.

In the course of his address to a packed audience at Westminster Cathedral the Cardinal referred to the Pope's special message to England in which the Holy Father had singled out the youth of the country " who are facing life and who are the objects of subtle attacks from the enemies of religion."

Cardinal Hinsley discussed at the Vatican plans for the future of Catholic Action. Addressia.g the clergy of the Archdiocese on Monday he said that he hoped to make known the full proposals at an early date. It is understood that these will be comprehensive . . . Working classes, Press, Education and the furtherance of Peace.

Full page of pictures making a story in themselves. -Page 16.

INFORMAL WELCOAIE AT FOLKESTONE Cardinal Speaks from Carriage

From a Staff Reporter

FOLKES roNE

At 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon a large number of people were already making their way to the wind-swept pier at Folkestone to greet the Archbishcip of Westminster, who was to step on to English soil for the first time as Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church.

The cross-Channel steamer was about threcquarters of an hour late, and it was some lime before it could be seen from the end of the pier, heeling over to the strong west wind.

lining the route which the Cardinal would take from the boat to the train were hundreds of people from Folkestone and the neighbourhood, headed by their Bishop, Mgr. Amigo, and a detachment of the Knights of St. Columba.

A• Stormy Crossing As the boat manceuvred into the harbour a cheer rose from the waiting crowd . . . there was a pause as the passengers disembarked, some looking the worse for their stormy crossing. Would the Cardinal be too exhausted by the long journey, corning after his activities in Rome to give his blessing and reply to our greetings?

All such fears were dissipated when at length the Cardinal appeared, and walked down the gangway.

Surrounded on all sides by happy and excited children who were trying to kneel down, take their hats off, and kiss his ring all at once, Cardinal Hinsley proceeded to his carriage and was instantly hidden by the dense crowd.

As he passed me 1 could not but notice that he held a copy of the Catholic Herald, which he took with him into the carriage.

Having read the front page of the Catholic. Herald, the Cardinal, who was plainly visible to those-.near his -compartment, opened a window, and started to speak to US.

The Cardinal Speaks to Us

A great cheer greeted him, but, if I may say so, His Eminence shouted us down, as also a travelling crane, a struggling policeman, three steam-engines, and various incidental dock-side noises.

Someone remarked to me : " The crossChannel trip does not seem to have affected him much."

Ignoring these noises, and the constant stream of late passengers who passed just beneath him, the Cardinal told us how glad he was to be back in England.

He Blushes " Your welcome to me, and my new honour make me blush," he said, and, pointing to the crimson skull-cap on his head, he said, "Look, I'm blushing."

He told us then that " when the Pope embraced me at the Consistory, he said to me, ' I embrace England.'

" The Pope is keenly interested in the welfare of the Church in England, and has an astonishing knowledge of all that is going on here.

" I was a little reluctant, however," added the Cardinal, "to bother him too much with our English affairs, as I well (Continued on page 2.1




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