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My dear friends in Christ: To human eyes it nmst have seemed impos- sible that there could be victory after such a tragedy as that of Calvary. Could victory and triumph follow such an apparent defeat? Even the apostles must have wondered. But on Easter morn, no corpse was to be found in the tomb; God's angel was there, proclaiming: "He is risen, He is not here" (Mark 16:6). Thus the first meaning of Easter may he ex- pressed in one word: victory. Crushing indeed was the seeming defeat of Good Friday, for no defeat is so conclusive as death. He who had ap- peared to be a magnificent Leader of a sublime cause had struggled and stormed to within sight and sound of unparalleled triumph. But when, at three o'clock on that black Friday afternoon, He bowed His head and yielded up His spirit, it seemed like the end of another gallant human battle against the mighty powers of evil. The enemies of Christ, walking homeward from Calvary, were convinced that they had utterly beaten Jesus of Nazareth. Death Was Not Final But in this instance, and for the first time in human history, death final at all. As Peter afterwards said so proudly and joyfully his first sermon: "But God raised Him up again, releasing Him from the pangs of death; it was impossible that death should have the mastery over Him" (Acts 2:24.25). The victory of the resurrection was the seal of divine approval upon Christ's mission upon earth. The work the Father had given Him to do was accomplished; that work had been "His food, His meat, His drink and His will. Christ was God as well as man, hut except for the moments of Thabor, the glory of His divinity was hidden while He was in this land of exile. It was only at His resur- rection that He appeared in glory and splendor. So too with us: we are still in the land of exile; we are travelling to the land of prom- ise and, while we are here, our lives are hidden with Christ. Like Him we must accept and follow the divine plan. In doing so we must look upon Him as our example; we must imitate Him and become conformable to His image. We ourselves must pass through the portals of death, as He did. But now death will be but the gate leading to the land of the living, our heavenly home, our everlasting dwelling. Finally the day will come when our bodies also will rise from the dead, to be united with our souls in the kingdom of heaven. Christ's Victory Is Won On Easter Sunday every one who truly bears Christ's name ought to remind himself most forcefully that the ultimate issue of his pre- cious existenceis, in a solid sense, not even in doubt. The victory of Christ is won: Christ is risen from the dead. He triumphed over sin and pain and death. It only remains for us, by the grace and mercy of God, and by a sincere and honest effort of our own, to share, from this moment and unto eternity, in the shining, sure victory of Christ our Lord. ordially yours in Christ, Most Reverend Loras T. Lane Bishop of Rockford II Vol. XVI--No. 13 Official Newspaper of the Rockford ROCKFORD, MARCH 31, 1961 Diocese 10 PAGES Ghanian Soldiers Save Missioners LEOPOLDVILLE, The Congo ---(NC)--Ghanian soldiers serv- ing in the United Nations forces have rescued Catholic mission- aries in the central Congo from a reign of terror under follow- ers of the late Premier Patrice Lumumba, it was learned here. The terror started when sol- diers f r o m the Lumumbist s t r o n g h o 1 d of Stanleyville brought news of Lumumba's death to the northern part of Kasai province which is inhabit- ed by Batetela, Lun~mba's tribe. According to word reach- ing here after a two-week news- the $tanleyville sol- NEW YORK -~(NC)-- Hearst Mr. Lawrence, whose national- newspapers and columnists Da- ly syndicated column has fro- vid Lawrence and George Soko- losky hav~ defended the appeal by Catholic bishops for inclusion of private schools in federal aid to education. The New York Journal Ameri- can, in an editorial which ap- peared in other Hearst newspa- pers, said it thinks the bishops are justified in seeking govern- mental aid for private and paro- chial schools. The paper recommended that and members of the Lure- legislation to this effect be pro- umbist y o u t h movement im-~ sented to'congress. It supported mediately began a campaign of introduction of a bill separate revenge. Seven Catholic mission from the administration's meas- stations were pillaged and des-rure for $2.3 billion in grants to troyed, public grade and high schools. t quently supported the constitu- tionality of loans to private schools, wrote in the New York Herald Tribune, which distrib- utes his articles to other newspa- Bishops' appeal for loans for school construction. He said it is wrong to charge that inclusion of loans in the gen- eral federal aid bill would jeop- ardize the entire law in the event of a court suit challenging the loans. He also said it is a fallacy to say loans are not given church schools today because they are unconstitutional. He pointed to $400,000 construction loan to ference between government aid to schools on the pro-college lev- el and aid to the colleges them- selves because pro-college at- tendance is generally compulso- ry. Mr. Sokolosky, appearing in the New York Journal American and other newspapers, wrote that "the argument over separa- tion of church and state is unre- lated to the constitution which has not one word to say on the subject." Priest, Minister To Debate Issue Of Education Aid c WASHINGTON -. (NC) -- A tholic priest and a Lutheran minister will debate Federal aid to private education on ia nation- ally televised program originat- ing from the annual Catholic educators' convention. s ltyl CUBA -- (NC) -- A Catholic ~riest, arrested recently by the Cuban government as an anti. Castro rebel in the Escambray mountains, is reported to have been executed. The report of the execution of Father Francisco Lopez Blas- quez comes from a Honduras ra- dio broadcast on the basis of un- confirmed Havana reports. Government controlled news- papers charged Father Lopez Blasquez -- a 45-year-old native of Granada Spain--with being a "direct accomphce" of the rebel leader Evelio Duque. Given Permission The Catholic hierarchy has maintained official silence, but Catholic spokesmen described the newspaper charges against the priest as "outrageously ridi- culous." They said that his su- periors had granted him permis- sion to take care of the spiritual needs of the rebels, just as per- mission had been granted to priests to care for members of Prime, Minister Fidel Castro's forces when they were seeking to overthrow the previous re- gime of Fulgenci0 Batista. Meanwhile, in Havana, Cuban secret police conducted a dawn raid on a Catholic university or- ganization (Agrupacmn Catolica Universitaria) connected with the National University of Havana. Several persons, in- cluding a priest, were arrested but released a few hours later. Demands Execution The organization----directed by the Jesuits -- is a leader in Catholic Action in Latin Amer- ica, publishing pamphlets, or- ganizing courses and works of social influence This marked the "second time that secret po- lice broke into the organization's building and arrested several of its members. Also in Havana, Cuban com- munist leader Jesus Soto de- manded at a public meeting that priests and counter - revolu- tionaries be executed. At the same meeting Education Minis- ter Armando Hart blamed the Church for the recent bombing of the Nobel Academy in La Vibora which injured nine girls. There are reports in Havana province of Castro militiamen threatening to burn the homes of poor farmers if they continue to attend catechism classes. The report says that the farmers' protests to authorities have been ignored. Passionist Beaten A government - controlled Havana radio station has singl- ed out the Franciscan magazme La Quincena as the "mouth. piece for the enemies of the re- volution." The magazine has re- cently resumed publication aft- er an interval during which its plant was occupied by Cuban militia durii~g an invasion scare. In Miami, Florida, a Spanish language d a i 1 y newspaper, Diario Las Americas, has re- This impressive statue of Christ, the Prince of Peace, is situated on a hilltop in Almuda, Portugal. Designed by the late Portugese architect Francisco Franeo, the statue was erected to fulfill a vow made by the Bishops of Portugal at Fatima in 1940 in thanksgiving for Portugal'4 having stayed out of World-War t~" The monumexg ~we~iO00 ~ and and stands 357 feet high. (NC Photo) NCMEA Deanery Masses To BeginApril 5 in Elgin The first in the annual series of Deanery Masses for the Rock- ford unit of the National Catholic Music Educators Assn. will be celebrated at St. Edward high school in Elgin Wednesday, April 5th. Arrangements are under the direction of Sister Maria Goretti of St. Patrick parish in St. Charles. Music to be used in all theI Masses are: processional--- "O[ Aurora deanery and w i 1 1 be Fflii et Filiae"; Mass X with the[held Wednesday, April 26, at Ambr~sian Gloria; Offertory ~] Coeli,;iHoly! Angeis church in Aurora the Gregorian ~Regina Communion--"Christus Vin-[under the direction of Sister cit"; and the recessional~"Al-[Mary Carolyn of Holy Angels. leluia, Lo the Holy A~thems[ Each of the deanery Masses in the morning will be follow- Rise." There will be no Credo.] I Second in Series led by a music festival in the All Masses will begin at 11[ afternoon. a.m. with a rehearsal preced-I Chairman of the Elementary ing at 10:30. [ School committee is Sister Second in the series of Mass-[Marie Paul of St. Mary, Aut- os for grade school children of] ora. the diocese, all on Wednesday,I April 12, will be as follows:] Freeport- St. Vineent's'and Mrs. Hermes Aquin Central Catholic h i g h school, at Aquin under the di- rection of Sister Mary Beatrice of St. John, Savanna; McHenry -- St. John church at Johnsburg under Sister Mary Andrella of~St. Mary, Mc- Henry; Rockfod -- St. Patrick church ur~der Joe Guzzardo; Sterling --- St. Patrick church at Dixon under Sister Barbara Ann of St. Mary, Sterling. Music Festivals Follow Final Mass will be for th~ Bishop Lane Sunday, April 9 10:45 A.M.--St. Mary Church ~terling. Pontifical Low Mass. 1961 Conference of the Women' Catholic Order of Foresters. 4:00 P.M. -- St. Laurence, El- gin. Dedication of School Addi- tion. NCCW Rural Life Leader WASHINGTON, D. C.---Mrs. Ambrose Hermes. St. Andrew parish, Rock Falls, has been named National Chairman of the Committee on Rural Life for the National Council of Catholic Women. The announce- ment was made by Mrs. Arthur L. Zepf, NCCW president. Mrs. Hermes. who was nam- ed "Woman of the Year" in 1960 by the Dioces xn Council of Catholic W o m e n, has been chairman of the Rockford Dio- cesan Rural Life committee of the DCCW since 1958. She was cited for her work at the National Catholic R u r a 1 Life Conference convention last fall in Jefferson City, Mo where the Rev. James L. Viz- zard. S.J of the NCRLC Wash- ington office told the convention about Mrs. Hermes' effective work in helping to promote the food stamp plan amendment to P.L. 480. a