Page 6, 9th October 1942

9th October 1942
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Page 6, 9th October 1942 — RUSSIAN ALLIES IN SHANGHAI

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Locations: SHANGHAI, Rome


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News has been received from Shanghai of the only Catholic work of importance for our Russian allies to which English Catholics can at present send material assistance.

It is of the Russian Mission there run by Frs. Wilcock and Milner, English Jesuits of the Byzantine-Slavonic Rite. Extracts from their letter, dated June 27, 1942. read as follows: " We inaugurated St. Michael's College on January 8, in the presence of the Bishop and a large number of important persons. On the first day we had 37 pupils, of whom more than half were already Catholics. Gradually during the past months our numbers have increased to 53, mostly of the higher class of Russians. We expect to have about 100 boys after the summer.

" We are trying to make the college a paying concern, but naturally that is impossible till we have a larger number of boys. Meanwhile we are begging, borrowing end selling, and are just managing to keep things going. The price of food is so high that we have to pay the teachers high wages, and our own expenses are very high. Naturally we have received nothing front Rome or anywhere else since the war began herd.

"On Me eve of Pentecost, afeer Vespers, robbers got into our church and stole and destroyed a number of chalices, ikons, vestments, etc. Fortunately the Blessed Sacrament was "not desecrated. We had to use the convent chapel for two weeks. Then the bishap came to us for the reopening of the church. After This disaster it was touching to. see the expressions of sympathy from all over the Russian colony. The clergy of one Orthodox church offered to lend any chalices.. vesetnents, etc., that I needed. A number of the Orthodox also sent donations to repair the damage, and we have managed to repair almost all that was destroyed."

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