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FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1961 THE OBSERVER The society for the Propagation of the Faith Diocesan Director: THE RT. REV. MSGR. THOMAS S. GREEN, 507 Avenue B Sterling, Illinois, Telephone (MAin 5-0640). JAPAN: CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT STATISTICS Statistics reveal that Catholics in Japan num- bered 277,502 on November 30, 1960, while a Pro- testant Yearbook, published to celebrate the first century of Protestant Missionary activity in the country, informs us that Protestants there num- bered 376,357 in 1959. The Catholic statistics show that Catholics are ,very unevenly dispersed through CARDINAL IN FAR NORTH -- Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York and Military Vicar, helps unroll a scroll containing a spiritual bouquet presented to him by the children of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, one of the stops on his tenth annual Christmas visit to U. S. armed services per- sonnel. The children also gave the Cardinal $100 they earned by doing chores. The money will go to the New York Foundling Home, a work of charity close to the Cardinal's heart. BEARS REMINDER OF RED MENACE the country. Of the total of'277,502 in the entire 1 C y diocese, 11,531 are in the diocese ofNagasaki,[l rellclt OlltFover8 Fukuoka, Kagoshima and Miyasaki on the island PARIS--(NC)--A Christmas crib surmounted by the white star of Kiushu. The Catholic increase last year were 9,132 against 9,908 in the previous year but the number of Catechumens is slightly higher this year, 17,782 to 17,627 in 1959. The statistics show that marriages between two Catholics and mixed marriages (with one of the parties a Catholic) were 1,457 to 2,211. The Diocese of Nagasaki, however, presents.a great contrast to! this proportion. In the Diocese of Nagasaki there of Bethlehem and the red star of communism raised quite a stir in France. Newspapers throughout the country published stories about it. For the most part churchmen refrained h'om condemning it, and many praised the idea behind it. A Grim Reminder were 534 marriages between Catholics and only fourteen mixed marriages in the last year. Many Vocations Japan has an unusually high percentage of priestly vocations. There are today 416 Japanese priests in the country and 419 young Japanese are now preparing for the priesthood in diocese major seminaries or in houses of philosophy and theology of Religious Orders. The fact that there are today 3,559 Religious Sisters in Japan is eloquent test- imony to the number of vocations to the Religious Life. In their ensemble these Catholic Statistics show many signs of vigorous Catholic Life; although the number of adult Baptisms has decreased some- what during the past few years. The post-war pro- gress of the Church is still continuing. The elevation, this year, of the Achbishop of Tokyo to the Cardinalate suggests our taking a closer glance at the Church in Tokyo and environs. In 1937, the Archdiocese of Tokyo was divided into the Archdiocese of Tokyo and the Diocese of Yokohama and Urawa in which the first Japanese Archbishop was appointed. At that time the entire area had a Catholic population of 15,718 and the number dwindled during the war. This year the same area has 66,457 Catholics. The population of the area rose from 18,300,000 in 1937 to 27,500,000 in 1960. Substantial progress has thus been made by the Church but it must be admitted that she is but a tiny flock in this nation of 94 millions. The statistics of the Protestant Yearbook in- dicate that Protestants have increased in number by 36,222 within the preceding two years. This number is divided among eighty-one denomina- tions. Protestant Missions The Centennial Yearbook gives a very impres- sive picture of the work of education done by Protestant Missions in Japan. The statistics men- tion 3,808 Protestant schools with 17,978 teachers and student attendance of 151,281. The statistics on Catholic education show that Catholic schools, in round numbers total 260 with an attendance of 93,000. The Yearbook tells us that there are seven- teen Protestant Universities. According to statisics there are six Catholic Universities and fifteen University Colleges in the country. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith 507 Avenue B Sterling, Illinois Workers In Racial Issue Not Dead in Atlanta, Ga. ATLANTA, Ga. -- A t 1 a n t a d church-goers during the hall- The Vineyar days heard an appeal from Community leading clergymen and laymenI Chest Agency for a continuation of "give andt By Lisa Ferris take" conversationsbetweenI Catholic Charities Staff racial groups. [ With the beginning of a new year we wonder what wonderful A statement by 30 White and[ things await us. While in this meditative state a social worker Negro leaders, including t h el recalls as highlights of the past year the happiness brought to :hildless couples. The moment when both par- ents viewed their child for the first time, the look of wonder- ment and joy that spreads over their faces comes to mind. Ten- derly and hesitantly the adop- tive mother holds out her arms to claim her baby. Her husband stands awkwardly by, and gent- ly, but with a bit of clumsiness holds out his arms. "Say, this feels pretty natural at that," he invariably remarks. Visits to Family Weeks later and again a few months later the social worker Catholic Bishop of Atlanta, was[ read from nearly every Atlanta] pulpit, including Catholic ones tooth is occasion for celebra- where it was read without cam- Lion. Baby's new frock, wit]i ment" q photos to remember it, is shown. The weight and length of the Different approaches to rac- baby is usually reviewed with ial problems, said the state- the worker as are the eating ment, have tried tempers and habits and the special charm involved "deep tension" in rac- that the parents feel their' own ial relationships. "Special child" has. On top of this, the 30 leaders said, recent events indicate re- Moments such as these are lations between individuals and what make yesterday's memo- ries, yesterday's work w i t h groups of differing opinions adoptive couples rewarding. Re-:have lallen off to a point that warding not only for them but causes "deep concern" for their for we who work toward bring- future. PAG SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYER --Carol Keefc plays the part of Portia in the Players, In- corporated p r o d u c t i o n of Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" to be presented Sun- day, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. on the stage of Sacred Heart semi- nary, Geneva. calls on the family. This is done ing adoptive parents this kind of to see what progress is being happiness. made by father, mother and! hOld. Greeting the Social worker is typical family scene. Where once has stood a "do-not-touch figurine" was a baby bottle. ,What was Dace a neat and prim living room is now a family room. A playpen is usually the outstanding piece of furniture and toys, cribs and ail kinds of baby paraphernalia is much in evidence. Restless people have become a matured pair of at home Saturday nighters. Changed Attitudes In talking over the change in scenery and attitudes the follow- ing remarks are often heard, "We are happier in our mar- riage than ever be~re. A child in our home has filled an empty gap that existed and made us restless." Pride in the accomplishments of their baby is expressed in glowing words. The baby's first Common Policy Against Reds LIMBURG, Germany--A Ger- man bishop has urged Western nations to adopt a common )alley to seize the political ini- tiative fror~ thecommunist camp during 1961. Auxiliary Bishop W a l t h e r Kampe of Limburg warned in the Catholic weekly Der Sonn- tag (Sunday) that 1961 may be a difficult year for the W e s t ]and may bring new communist I pressure on Berhn. But, he stated, "the West has strengthened its position, and resistance to Red propaganda is growing in neutral countries. The free world must use it s chance and agree on a mutual plan of action to emerge from its defensive po.~hon. drop was painted a skyserap- STERIING Ropes for little more than a year. He said only 30 men in the town's 4,500 inhabitants are practicing Catholics, "and that must change." The private secretary of Fath- Children's home, Freeport, buried in Mullahoran Ireland. Jan. 9, 1913--The ReD. Casper 3. Huth, pastor of St. Charles Borremeo, Hampshire, buried in St. Joseph ceme- tery, Freeport. Jan. 12, 1922--The Rt. ReD. Msgr. James J. Bennett, first vicar Ignorance Impossible "We cannot ignore the d i f- ferences which exist among us, It is not likely that we shall soon be fully agreed as to the specific steps which should be taken for the solution of our "We are convinced, however hat the only pathway to prog- ress lies in the direction ol friendship, of respect Ior t h e conviction of others and of de- termination to maintain c o m- munication between the leaders of all racial and religious groups within the community," the statement said. The group expressed belief that the "give and take" of con- versations between different groups will encourage friend- ship and progress toward a so- lution of racial problems. Third Year This is the third year in four that a group of Atlanta religious or lay leaders has urged mutual understanding a n d Christian Honor Golden Jubilee Couples Chicago -- Chicago Catholic couples married 50 years or more will be presented a spec- ially designed scroll from Albert Cardinal Meyer at a Holy Fam- ily observance on January 8, Feast of the Holy Family. The couples--l,400 have been invited--will renew their wed- ding vows in the presence of the Archbishop of Chicago who will then bless and distribute the scrolls containing the cou- ple's name, a prayer by t h e Cardinal and his signature. The event will be held in Holy Name cathedral. 1958, a second statement was made by 312 clergymen w h o backed up the earlier one and urged creation of a Citizen's Commission to maintain racial harmony. The 1960 statement is the first Bishop Francis E. Hyland of Atlanta has signed. 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