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Catholic Faith In Rhineland Is Strengthened Continued from page 1. News See ize the deep meaning of the Cross to an extent they might never have experienced under normal circum- stances. Victims of Nazi persecution found refuge in the air-raid shelt- er of the Archbishop of Cologne. Catholic boy scouts had discovered long unused subterranean passages of the ancient building which had eluded the Gestapo time and again. There nine Jewish refugees were hidden over a period of four months without ever being dis- covered. Hidden From Gestapo My inspection of that shelter proved an amazing experience. It was completely equipped for all emergencies, with kitchen, living room, bedroom, radio, a small li- brary and oil lamps. Meals could only be prepared during nights, in order not to attract the atten- tion of the Gestapo, who during the daytime would have noticed the smoke coming from down below. FoJd had to be provided by friends, Who willingly surrendered some of their ration cards to help the un- fortunates living through weeks Of Complete darkness. On the walls of one of the un- derground chambers, which in many ways resemble the Roman Catacombs, I found this inscrip- tfon: "I believe in the Sun, even though it be dark. "I believe in God, even though He be silent. "I believe in neighborly charity, even though it may not show it- self anywhere." Two young men were among those sought by the Gestapo, but never caught. One was a Belgian, the other a Hollander, who had been taken to Germany for forced labor but escaped to join the un- derground movement which they helped to organize. Their names cannot be revealed at present, for obvious reasons. "Young people," said my Belgian Informant, "are always rebellious. Those in Germany we came in Maple Park ill t OSCAR PETERSON EVERY'THING IN QUALITY GROCERIES and MEATS Phen4 S6BI Coal A. H. WITTRY & CO. Grain and Feed Troxel and Maple Park PHONES Hlnckley 934-04 Maple Park 2301 Jen-A-See Laundry Co. "For Better Work end Foster Service Cell 655" 410 Clay t. Woodstock contact with enjoyed the adven- ture of undergronnd activities against the Nazis, and it was not difficult to organize them. We had many secret meetings in air raid shelters. When the new Archbis- hop of Cologne was consecrated in July, 1942, thousands of Cath- olic boys and girls jammed the Cathedral and the square outside for a spontaneous demonstration which the Gestapo found impos- sible to control. One hundred thousand people, at least, massed in the streets outside the Epis- copal residence and joined in an enthusiastic demonstration--with powerless police looking on." Hitler Youth groups, the same informant said, became badly dis- organized during the war, when it was extremely difficult to check suspects. Young people broke loose from the leadership imposed upon them. They even resorted to camouflage in order to assert their independence, with some groups frequently donning. Hitler Youth uniforms to engage m their own activities in defiance of Nazi orders. Not until contact has been es- tablished with Catholics in other parts Of Germany will the picture be complete. However, the evi- dence now available in the Rhine- land shows clearly that Catholics in this region have matured dur- ing the years of severe trial and have developed a spiritual strength that is bound to assert itself dur- ing the period of post-war rccon- ;truction. Coming Events Rockford May 11--Annual St. James 3chool Program--Muldoon High Ichool auditorium. May 21--Lecture by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen, Rockford Theater, auspices of Rockford Cath- olic Woman's League. Aurora April 15--"Death Takes a Hall- day", Madonna auditorium, 8:15 p. m. April 27-29  '.'Brother Orchid", presented by the Senior Class of Marmion Military Academy school auditorium. May 2---Afternoon and Evening Card Party--Knights of Columbus clubrooms--sponsored by Court Aurora, Catholic Daughters of I America. May ]0--Spring Luncheon-- Knights of Columbus Home---1 p. m.--sponsored by Sanctuary So- dality of Our Lady of Good Coun- sel parish. Belvidere April 13-14--"Those Phinney Girls" presented by Catholic Daughters of Amerlca--St. James parish hall. Hartland April 22--Social ActivitiesSt. Patrick's parish hall--2 p. m. Sandwich April 12--Evening Card Party-- St. Paul's parish hall--8 p. m. sponsored by Altar & Rosary so- ciety. St. Charles April 11 to 13. Spring Rummage Sale, St. Patrick's church hall, aus- pices of St. Patrick's club. Sterling April 15-16"Spring Fever" pre- sented by pupils of Community High School. April 18--Weekly Card Party St. Mary's parochial hall--spon- sored by Altar and Rosary society officers. Woodstock April 23--Rummage ale--aus- pices of Mariola club of St. Mary's parish. ' w-- I I THOMAS B. MERWlN Furniture, Undeitoking j AMBULANC| SERVICE FUNERAL HOME " II PHONES 56 and 71 Woodstock. Illinois 214 MAIN STREE  Woodstock Ge Jeweler F. T. FERRIS, Jeweler Telephone 537 Fine Watch Work and Jewelry Repairing a Specialty I I HUBERT RILEY & RILEY FOOD SHOP PHARMACY MOraL Ol  s emolx I. Hubert, R. Ph. HOME LAUNDRIES---It Washes, Rinses and Dries Automatically Woodstock, Illinois Open All Day Sunday Woodstock TOWNSEND'S "Where Friend Meets Friend" Phone 664 WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS Official Truck Testing and Tire Inspection Bombs Found In Bogota Give Reds Pretext For Attack Continued from page 1, News See as organist and choirmaster .of the Cathedral. Also arrested were members of the military, both retired and act- ive, and numerous civilians. Four days .later, on March 14, Fathers Sanchez, Jordan and Duarte and two sacristans were released after it had been proved that they had no responsibility whatsoever for the act, and two days afterwards Father Giovannetti and various laymen were set at liberty. Broth- er Gilberto Antonio and some of the military and civilians were held for further investigation. Condemns Sacrilegious Act As soon as he was informed of the discovery of the bombs, Arch- bishop Perdono issued the follow- ing statement addressed to the clergy and laity of the Archdio- cese: "Sorrowfully astonished and aggrieved by the criminal and sac- rilegious fact that several hundred bombs were deposited in the choir of the Primatial Basilica, above the chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, a fact fully proved by ecclesisatical and civil officials and by a large group of witnesses, we reprove and condemn the violation of this sacred place, as well as the criminal purposes, whatever they may have been, that motivated the authors of this ex- erable act. "As we have done on previous occasions, in conformity with the teaching of the Church, we now reiterate reprobation of every sub-i versive movement againgt the con-; stituted authorities or any kind of attempt against the public order. We reserve the imposing of the proper canonical sanctions upon those who may be found respons- ible for this criminal act. We ask the clergy and faithful of our Archdiocese to offer the homage of reparation to His Divine Majesty for the sacrilege committed and for the scandal occasioned, and to give thanks for the. benefit of our having been liberated from the grave danger that menaced us." The Cathedral Chapter also is- sued a statement condemning the authors and executors of this "at- tempt against order, security and the public peace," the "abuse of a place consecrated exclusively to divine worship," and the resultant "detestable and pernicious scandal. Reds Attack the Church In reply to a charge that the Government had violated the Con- cordat by detaining certain eccles- iastics, E1 Catolicismo said: "This is not true, because the only con- dition stipulated by the pact for the imprisonment of ecclesiastics is that they be shown the consider- ation due their character. The Curia has been informed constant- ly that this condition is being com- plied with." Investigation as to the origin and ultimate use of the bombs still continues. The general belief is that they were to have been used on March 16 to produce general confusion two days prior to the election of members of the Federal and Departmental Chambers. In general, the Colombian press has exonerated the Church of any participation in" the plot, but the Communist organ Diario Popular and one or two Liberal papers have seized upon it as an opportunity for attacking and calumniating both Church and clergy. Neverthe- less El Tiempo, the most authori- tative Liberal daily, after repro- ducing part of the Archbishop's statement, commented: "Not just the words we quoted but their ante- cedents--conduct irrevocably loyal to the republican institutions that govern ussuffic'e to demonstrate with convincingly vigorous force that the Colombian Church is not and could not be the patronizer of this cowardly conspiracy against the country, a crime contrary to its Christian creed and that tradition of respect for the eonstitued pow- ers which, in irrevocable form, has characterized all its acts." Mariola Club Sets Rummage Sale April 23 Woodstock--The Mariola Club of St. Mary's church will herd a rum- !mage sale the week.of April 23. i Plans for the sale were made at a recent meeting of the organization in the church hall. Country-Wide Observance To Mark NCCS 4th Jubilee In 500 Clubs April 21 Washington, April 9--(NC)--The nation-wide observ- ance of the fourth anniversary of the National Catholic Com- munity Service will take place in approximately 500 usa clubs aross the country on April 21. Under the motto, "NCCS Serves All Who Serve," the National Catholic Community Service, a member agency of USa supported by the American people through Ithe National War ed services, and through its Wo- Fund, will pay $pecial tribute this men's Division to care for the year to 300,000 volunteers who needs of war production workers have served the organization faith- in over-crowded industrial areas, fully, as well as their families and those These volunteers have contrib- uted 39,000,000 hours, or the equiv- alent of 445 years of service, over a period of less than four years, statistics at headquarters here in- dicate. They have stood long hours at snack bars; checked wraps and* parcels; answered a variety of questions at the information desk. They have provided hos- pitality, opened their homes to those who required emergency housing, and have achieved an out- standing record in citizen cooper- ation in hundreds of communities. In connection with the current observance, individual clubs will conduct specially planned programs on the anniversary date, and the week immediately preceding. Activities supporting the Fourth Anniversary program will include special awards and certificates to volunteers with long and contin- uous service; tableaux showing the scope of local club activities dur- ing the year; craft exhibits, formal dances, and similar activities. Religious observances will in- clgde Group Communions follow- ed by breakfasts, attended by Catholic chaplains, Army and Navy officials, and civic leaders, also special Masses offered by club moderators and parish priests. The Archbishops and Bishops of the United States created the Nat- ional Catholic Community Service to provide for the spiritual, re- creational and welfare needs of the men and women in the arm- Mass To Be Offered For Men In Service of service personnel. Automobiles BUICK, PONTIAC, GMC TRUCKS otest Modern EqupmentBody and Votor Works--"Standard Oil" Products $ycamore's Most Up to Dote Lubricating Dept.Day and Night Service. FARGO GARAGE i Sycamore AMBULANCE Phone 59 Day or Night KEBIL WALGREEN SYSTEM Florian Drug Store FREEZER FRESH ICE CREAM Ou, Own Make Monuments MONUMENTS AND MARKERS REASONABLE PRICES AND BEST OF QUALITY A. C. Doone Monument Wodul Phone 198---172 Aurora.--Members of St. Mary's Patriotic club have requested a High Mass to be offered in St. Mary's church for all men and wom- en of the parish in service on Sun- day, April 29, at 9:30. Members of the club and families are asked to receive Holy Communion in a body at the Mass. Two Masses each are being offered for S/Sift. Robert Beiler and Corp. Raymond Schlicht, who were wounded over- seas. Pope Plus XII Receives Six Officials Of UNRRA KINNIRY JEWELRY DeKolb Ifltnals NELSON & RENAN Funeral Diracto |10 OAR STREE"[ Telephones 196  | )90 New York, April 9--(NC)--His Holiness Pope Plus XII received Commander R. "J. A. Jackson, Sen- ior Deputy Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabil- itation Administration, and five other UNRRA officials in a spe- cial audience, a dispatch to the Office of War Information here an- nounces. DE KALB ILLINOIS Guldbeck & Eckstrom General Contractors Dealers in Building Matefkll 1224 E. Lincoln Highway PHONE 744 DeKollb. Ill '"T RADI BATTERIES TIRES ACESJOR IES IIIII DUFFY & MODEEN BRILLIANT BRONZE STATION hone 102 First and Locust Streets DeKalb HALLER'S HARDWARE DeKalb, II!. Phone 148 Complete Hardware, Paint and Glass Service for the Agriculturist, i Home Owner and Industrialist. 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