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PAGE 2 THE OBSERVER Refugees Revive Ancient Custom MUNICH -- An old Christmas custom of Silesian Catholics is being revived in Bavaria by St. Hedwig's guild, whose members are Catholic refugees from Silesia and elsewhere in communist-ruled East Germany. The custom is called the "Car- lying of Our Lady." During Advent children carry a statue of Our Lady from house to house in a district while they sing Advent and Christmas carols They ring doorbells and when they are admitted to a house, leave the statue there over night after re- ceiving alms for Catholic char- ities. The next day they call to pick up the statue and to carry it to the neighbor's house. Thus they reach every household in the district and collect sizable sums for charitable purposes. One of the children carries a lighted candle, and the carols and hymns they sing bear references to the plight of refugees from be- hind the Iron Curtain, homeless children and widowed mothers. Cites Peaceful Role of Pope BERLIN -- Stefan Cardinal authorities give us the example Wyszynski, Poland's Primate, of monstrous scenes.and events contrasted the peaceful role of that freeze the blood with fear at the thought of what would hap- Pope John with the attempts by pen if the teaching of hatred were the Soviet regime to "freeze the to overpower all areas of human blood with fear," reports reaching life--at such a time the authority here state, of the Holy Father has a special He spoke at a coronation an-meaning. niversary Mass in St. John "This authority, when all cathedral in Warsaw. According authority in view has debased it- MEDIA SECRETARIAT PREPARES FOR VATICAN COUNCIL--The Preparatory Secretariat for to reports reaching here, he said: self, this authority shines forth Communications Media for the Second Vatican Council, a group which will plan and coordinate "At a time when colossal as a sign of hope." news coverage of the coming ecumenical council, is shown during one of its plenary sessions. Read- ed by Archbishop Martin Ji O'Connor, rector of the North American College in Rome, the seere- Far East Missioner Visits UeS. Lariat is made up of 18 members and 26 consultors from 21 nations. The raised platform at the far end of the table is for the Holy Father s attendance at the meetings which are held in the Palaz- LISLE, Ill. -- The Rev. Gerald the communists on the Chinese zo San Carlo in the Vatican.--(NC Photos) Much, O.S.B longtime Far Eastlmainland in 1948. ~,~ ~ ~ missionary, is visiting his home The mfssioner expressed the entrEI ommlsslon Begins base, St. Procopius Benedictine hope that the U.S. will not repeat abbey here while vacationing in Formosa the "mistake" made from his Peikang, Formosa, mis-in 1947wassiOn.aryFather career interned MaChin by 1936 began theinjapanese his China.missi n" Hein were Cleveland,Mach the Reds pulled visited when five a out free years" his American of China,hand.home ago. leaving Father'it troops toWn,wa~ tudy for Ecumenical Counci World War II and went to For- his first trip home in 20 years to VATICAN CITY, (NC)--Mem- vote on the question of invitinoICongregation of the Holy Office. mesa when the Chiang Kai-sheklcelebrate his 25th ordination an- bers of the Central Preparatory non-Catholics to be council ob-IThe main issue here was the regime fled to the island fromlniversary. Commission for the forthcoming servers, but did not disclose the present formula with the oath Ecumenical Council have studied result. Mter several Rome papers iagainst Modernism. the following major matters at had claimed the vote was favor-] Profession Of Faith Priest Develops Pacific Island their secant meeting: a better d1:-able, the Commission'S press of-I The profession of faith would iribution ot the clergy, a new def- rice issued a : cLement saying thelbe nothing new in the Church. NEW YORK--A six-foot-threelmunity center, a water system liniti n of the sources of Revela- reports were premature and that, Canon law no'w requires that it Lion, a :~ew f