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News Section--Page 12A THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR Sunday, March 14, 1948 St. Vincent's Jottings i.i! iii.i.i i.iii, i i.i.li i::ili!iiiiii iii iii i!ii!i~i~iiiiiiiii~ii!~i~ili~i~i~i~!~!iiiiiiii:ii i!:i:ii iil ili: March 6 and 7 marked the 10th annual Invibational tournament here at St. Vincent's. The gym was brightly decorated with the colors of the various schools. On Satur- day morning at 9:30 visitors began to arrive. Then came Sunday, the big day, that would decide the championship. In the evening a delicious meal was served, and short speeches were made by the various priests and coaches representing the teams. Several of the men com- mented on the excellent sports- manship shown by all the teams, winners and losers alike. After the games the trophies were presented to the captains of St. Vincent's, and St. Thomas, who won second place. St. Mary's, Sterling, was awarded third place. Congratulations to the winners and to all the teams for their fine sportsmanship, and to those teams who took part in the tournament. We want to thank all who in any way gave of their time, energy and interest to make this tournament possible. It was nice to see so many fa- miliar faces, faces of our former boys and girls, Saturday and Sun- day, when they came to witness the tournament. Some people enjoy doing good deeds even though they do not know the recipients of their gen- erosity. Their joy consists in do- ing good for its own sake. We had a striking example of this just re- cently. One of our girls had just returned from the hospital. While she was waiting in the office, one of the Sisters introduced her to a visitor (MRS. Gmur, formerly Miss Emily Keusch, one of our former girls). Several days later Ina Mae received a lovely box of choco- lates, in which was inclosed a beautiful card signed, "To the con- valescent," from Mrs. Gmur. Thlrty-Five Students Merit Honor Roll At Aquin High Freeport--Thirty-five students have merited places on the fourth period Honor Roll, which has just! been announced at Aquin high school. Thirteen of the 35 have straight"A" averages; namely, JulianneCurran, Lucille Haller Marilyn McGinn, and Charlotte Rademaker, seniors; Peggy Cre- mer and Mary Ann Fitzgerald, jun- iors; Joyce Cremer, Mary Luecke, Margie Scott, Barbara Vickrey, and Karl Wieneke, sophomores; and Joan Heck, freshman. Other honor students are Johan- na Alber, Dorothy Jean Bangasser, Eileen Bangasser, Iona Sellman, Mary Pat Stein, Roseann Thering, Dave Vanden Brook, Diane Wiene- Brazil's People Is More Than ke, Concetta Fertitta, Dolores Fink,] Lionel Ganshert, James Sommers,] Joann Tobin, John Michael O'Con- nell Carol Knauff, John La For~e,[ Patricia Malone, Tom McDonald,[ Marjorie Murphy, Irene Pitterle,[ Barber& 8chumacher. 97% Catholic Chaplain Francs Makes Observation On Native Country Carlisle Barracks, Pa., Mar. 8.-- (NC)--Brazil is almost completely a Catholic nation--only two-and-a- half per cent, at most, of its 43,- ~00,000 citizens are non-Catholics. In that country: 1. There is separation of Church and State, with relations much better in practice than in years when Church and State were united. 2. There is no discrimination against any religious group and all denominations are free to build their own churches, schools, hos- pitals and other institutions. 3. No private schools, including Catholic private schools, receive State aid, but religion is taught in the public schools when parents request it for their children in writing. 4. There is no race problem. All races are equal before the law and are treated alike, not only in theory but in actual practice. These disclosures were made by Msgr. Leovigild Franca, a Col- onel and Chief of Chaplains of the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Force, who spent a week at the Army Chaplains' School here. Monsignor Franca is on a three- month visit ~f the United States to study administration, techni. ques and training of the chaplain corps of the U.S. armed forces. While here, the Brazilian had as his guides Maj. Robert J. Sherry, Cincinnati priest, who is assistant commandant of the chaplains' school, and Maj. Harold O. Pru- dell, Milwaukee priest, who is asso- ciate editor of The Chaplain's Hour. Monsignor F r a n c a explained that until World War II, there were no official chaplains in the Brazilian armed forces, but when the 25,000-troop Brazilian Expe- ditionary Force went to Italy to fight alongside of the U.S. Fifth Army, they were attended by 26 chaplains--a ratio of one chaplain per 1,000 troops. The Brazilians lost 3,000 men and sustained 2,000 casualties during the Italian cam- paign. Brazil's peacetime chaplains' corps, Monsignor Franca explain- ed, was established a year and a half ago. The present Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Corps num- bers 200,000 men and although the authorized quota is 72 chaplains, only 53 are on active duty because of the shortage of priests in the nation. Monsignor Franca explained that the proportion of Catholics in the armed forces is greater than in the country at large, but one of the chaplains on present active duty is a Protestant. He said that two Protestant chaplains served with the B.E.F. in Italy. NO SHAMROCKS---NO SNAKES? You will look In vain for the symbolic shamrocks, or four-leaf clovers, or for any reptiles on this painting of St. PatriCk, by an obscure 19th century Italian artist, F. Augero, of New York. Of heroic size, 7 feet by 10 feet, the canvas, originally painted for a Buffalo church, fomld its ~vay to St. Bonaventure College, St. Bona- venture, N. Y., where it will be repaired, cleaned, framed, and placed in suitable surroundings. It is currently on exhibit at the Frieosam Memorial Library there. (NC Photos) Cathedral In Cologne To Reopened More Of Church-Owned Made Vienna, March 8--(NC) -- Further expropriations of Church-owned land were decreed by the so-called revision commission of the Ministry of Agriculture, according to re- ports from Prague received here. The property of the Bishop of Hradec-Kralove, measur- ing 5,577 acres, was cut down to 123 acres of farmland and a park area comprising about 52"0 acres. This decision was taken al- though a representative of the Czech People's party pointed out that the diocese maintains a semi- nary and a number of charitable institutions from which all the people benefit. The Czech religious order of Knights of the Cross with the Red Star, whose members suffered se- vere persecution under the nazis, were left with only 123 acres of their 10,192-acre estate. In addi- tion, they were permitted to retain :Few schools can boast a greater roster of famous names to compare,,1 with that.claimed by SL Seines' parochial school, in Ferndale, Mleh. l wl'he "celebrities" piotured, left to right, are (seated) Andrew John,- | .. "son,. Bobby' Jones...]lhlsol ]Tord~ Deanna Durbin, Marie Antotaette, | .ac a =auu c mr. a ut 8mnb. ;tuato I a castle and a chapel at Dobricho- vice. The property is encumbered with debts totaling about $360,000. Also seized were 494 acres owned by the Knights of Malta. i The Premonstratensian monas- tery at Zeliv, in southeastern Bo- hemia, lost agricultural land total- ing 5,357 acres. This decision was taken just a week after the conse- cration of the Rev. Vitus Tajovsky as the new Abbot of the monas- tery. The expropriation decisions are 700th Anniversary To Be Observed On August 16 BY MAX JORDAN Cologne, March 8--(NC)--The 700th anniversary of the foun- dation of world-famed Cologne ca- thedral will be observed on August 16 this year, it has been announ- ced, and invitations to attend the solemn function have been extend- ed to prelates all over the world by His Eminence Josef Cardinal Fringe, Archbishop of Cologne. The great church, which suffered considerable damage during the war, will be formally reopened on this occasion. An exhibition of church art is to be held at the same time and a symbolic drama will be presented on the square facing the cathedral. In June, the 800th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of St. Matthew in Trier will be observed. The traditional pilgrim- age to the tomb of the Apostle is to coincide with this event. St. Matthew's was dedicated by Pope Eugene III in 1148 in the presence of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Not long before that, the earthly re- mains of St. Matthew, the Apostle, had been discovered on that spot. Archbishop Franz Rudolf Borne- waaser, Bishop of Trier, has ac- cepted the sponsorship of the com- mittee in charge of the observance. The basilica is now used by the Benedictine Fathers. In Fulda, famous St. Michael's church, the second-oldest church in Germany, has been reopened with solemn services by Bishop Johan- nes Dietz of Fulda. The church was established in the 8th Cen- tury. During the war it suffered considerable damage which now has been repaired. Geneva Parish Pot-Luck March 16 Geneva--The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Peter's parish is sponsoring the annual St. Patrick's Day pot-luck supper on Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 p. m. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. All of the parishioners are invited to attend. based on the declared principle of the government that only those who actually till the land may re- main its owners. (According to press agency dis- patches from Prague, the commun- ist Prime Minister Klement Gott- wald told a meeting of farmers and peasants that the splitting up of all Czechoslovak estates of more than 50 hectares (123 acres) would begin immediately. He denied, at the same time, rumors circulating in Czechoslovakia that the new re- gime plans to introduce the Soviet system of collective farms). president, Robert "l~ylor, James Melqally and C~tLrle$ LindbelT, senior preqdent.. Rlstol ~ Resamond, 8.B..T,., Wce, te~ that Cresby and Jaekie fJooper did not return to BL Same~ ~ fall ~ -/ that Pat O den was a JUne graduate. Photo eottrte tho ]d]cblEen OLt] L Ftn )