Page 1, 7th March 1958

7th March 1958
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Page 1, 7th March 1958 — First Mass on the 'top' of Africa

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People: John Tunstall
Locations: Johannesburg


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First Mass on the 'top' of Africa

A HOLY Ghost Father, Fr.

rsFrederick Trumbull, has said Mass for the people of Africa at 2,500 feet from the "top" of Africa.

He has in fact said Mass at what is believed to be the highest point ever — 2,500 ft. from the top of 19,500 ft. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanganyika.

Fr. Trumbull, who accompanied John Tunstall, a convert from Johannesburg, to the top of Kilimanjaro, describes the scene: " I said Mass the next morning at 17.000 ft., in front of the cave where our camp had been situated. It was indeed a v,on

derful experience. From that position I could look out over hundreds of miles of African soil. "[he sun lit up the various missions below, reflecting as it did off the metal roofs of the buildings . . . I could not help thinking of the Mass offered by Bishop Le Roy (many years ago and 1,500 ft. below this spot) for all the souls of Africa. My own intention was similar to his ..." It was not possible to celebrate Mass at the top of Kilimanjaro because the snow was too treacherous and at siich a height oxygen is necessar. Without oxygen one has not the full use of one's faculties.

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