January II, 1957
WHILE hundreds of Christians were making the traditional ( hristmas pilgrimage to the spot Jesus was born, a boy named Hashim was born in a bleak concrete hut in Bethlehem's Dheisheh refugee camp.
He was born there because his Arab refugee parents cannot return to their ancestral home in a nearby village in Israel.
Hashim came into the world amid surroundings that were perhaps a little better than those at the births of his sisters and a brother. They were born in the same camp but in a tent.
A refugee midwife delivered the baby by the light of two candles. A raw December wind chilled the box-like interior of the hut. The mother lay on a three inch-thick mattress on the concrete floor. Other mattresses used by the family lay side by side.
Hashim was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a wooden box — a makeshift cradle.
1HE REVIVED Papal Roman Academy of Theology is to hold its first solemn meeting later this month. Cardinal Pizzardo, Secretary of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, will preside.
The Vatican City newspaper Osservatore Romano recently announced that Cardinal Pizzardo had nominated Mgr Ronald Knox to be a member.
The Academy of Theology was founded in 1718 by Pope Clement XI and reconstituted last June by the Holy Father in the Papal brief "Magistra Ecclesia".
No war, but ...
CARDINAL FRINGS, Archbishop of Cologne, has greeted the New Year "with firm confidence that by God's grace a new World War will be avoided."
"No nation has any use for a major ar," said the Cardinal in his Cathedral, "because all know that modern warfare will leave neither victors nor vanquished but only a general destruction and perhaps doom for the entire human race."
On the other hand. Cardinal Wendel, archbishop of Munich in his New Year address, voiced the feelings — which many members of the German Hierarchy are believed to share — that a deterioration of religious standards is visible throughout Germany.