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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - January 10, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia appeals to Cardinal Griffin Brum a tip of Gnu Iii London november 25.Cardinal Mindszenty primate of Hungary has cabled to Cardinal Bernard Griffin archbishop of Westminster Appeal ing to him to intervene with the Bri Tish foreign office to prevent the deportation of thousands of hungarians from their Homes in Czecho Slovakia where their families have lived for years. Cardinal Mindszenty describes the deportations As measures that Are contrary to All human rights and International he alleges that the methods used Are similar to those employed by the nazis. Primate s Cable in his Cable the hungarian primal pc declares according to a decision of the Paris peace conference the question of hungarians in Slovakia should be settled by agreement Between the hungarian and czechoslovak govern ments or in the absence of agree ment being reached with the assist Ance of the Council of foreign ministers. The hungarian government has already expressed its willingness to open negotiations but these have not started yet. Without awaiting negotiations the czechoslovak authorities have uni laterally begun the solution of the position of hungarians in Slovakia and Are using brutal methods with the object of producing accomplished facts. The first objective of the Czecho slovak move seems to be the removal of hungarians from hungarian inhabited areas along the South slovak Frontier. On november 17 systematic deportation of the population of Hun Garian villages began with methods similar to nazi deportations. Hungarians have been forcibly transported to districts evacuated by germans in Czechoslovakia. 1,000-year Homes the villages concerned Are sur rounded by armed guards who forbid hungarians to leave their Homes even to attend sunday mass. The deportations Are carried out under the pretext of the compulsory labor decree but in practice Legal provisions Are disregarded. The decree Only provides for temporary compulsory labor service for men aged 16 to 55 and women aged 18 to 40, and exempts mothers Young children and expectant mothers. In violation of the decree the czechoslovak authorities Are Deport ing women with babies on their seventh and eighth month. This even results in miscarriage and women being transported Are Sepa rated from their husbands. Men women and children of ten Der years to men aged 80 Are being taken. Families Are torn from their thousand year Homes. Aged unsupported people incapable of work Are also being deported. The properties of deported families Are Given to new slovak settlers and goods and chattels Are confiscated without compensation. The slovak authorities make deportees sign forms in the slovak Lan Guage which they do not under stand. The population is resisting bit Terly resulting in casualties including wounded and dead. Catholic intervention saved 200,000 jews intervention by my predecessor the late Cardinal Sere i and All the hungarian Bishops stopped the deportation of jews by the nazis thus saving some 200,000 hungarian jews. Now hungarian catholics Are being deported from their thousand year Homes in a brutal fashion 18 months after the horrors of War have ended and forced to leave the soil of their ancestors. I have Felt it my duty to Appeal for the support of world Public opinion in order to discontinue deportations. I beg your Eminence to use your authority also with the foreign of fice to prevent measures that Are contrary to All Hunan rights and inter National Law and with a View to arranging for the return to their Homes of deported hungarians and the restoration of their confiscated proper ties. Documentary evidence for these cabled facts is Cardinal Mindszenty and Cardinal Griffin met in borne last february when both were elevated to the sacred College. This was the second cabled Appeal for Aid Cardinal Griffin has had from prelates in Europe s trouble spots. Bishop Santin of Trieste cabled Cardinal Griffin in july asking his intervention with the British foreign office against the big four decision to internationalise Trieste. Exemplary conduct Many prominent business men professional men property holders in City and country and others Are offering an example which is worthy of Emula Tion. In order to ensure that the re sult of their life s work will be used for the Benefit of their family or other dependants in the manner they desire they have made a will appointing elder s trustee company As their executor. The chosen beneficiaries Are thus protected by a company which has proved itself to be competent courteous and secure. Elder s trustee company knows no time limit. Its existence is perpetual and its services constantly at the disposal of clients. Full details of the company s service Are available to you in the free Book let wills and elder s trustee and executor company limited 37-89 Carrie Street Adelaide. Sufi archbishop decorated by be Hes. Prague november 20.the newly appointed archbishop of Prague mgr. Joseph Beran was last week decorated by president Benes with the Czecho slovak War Cross 1939, and the Mili tary Merit order. Archbishop Beran spent three years in Dachau. Priests who suffered in concentration Camps during the War watched the presentation. President Benes acknowledging the part played by Catholic clergy in the War said you shared the sufferings of the the archbishop told the president that one in 10 of the clergy of Czecho Slovakia were imprisoned by the Ger mans and one fifth of those died. He spoke of the Church s willing Ness to assist in reconstruction and added we wish to help in educating czech youth and we Hope that you or. President will support us in our the president replied i assure you that in the future is in the past i will always defend religious free Catholic Trade Union group formed in London London november 22.-addressing Catholic Trade unionists from All Over the Westminster diocese Cardinal Bernard Griffin archbishop of West Minster declared last night at a meeting called to launch a diocesan association of Catholic Trade unionists you have the obligation and the responsibility for the decisions made by your workers from almost every Branch of Industry filled the Cathedral Hall. There were engineers printers Wood workers civil servants nurses Post office workers journalists dockers railway men cinematographers and plumbers. The majority were men and of these most were Young. After the meeting had been thrown open for discussion there were always at least a dozen people on their feet trying to be heard. When a committee of 14 had been nominated one Man was still unsatisfied. He jumped to his feet to Sug Gest that the committee should include a member of the amalgamated society of woodworkers a Man from the Only Union Branch in London to condemn the trial of archbishop Stepinac and he was responsible for getting it passed Stepinac protest when the meeting closed after two hours a voice from the audience halted the Cardinal As he was leaving the platform it will be shameful if we leave this Ball without voicing a protest against the unjust trial of archbishop although Many people were on their feet ready to leave the Cardinal called for silence. This is important he said. Let the first thing this association does be to protest against the wicked unjust and Crimi Nal i can hardly find enough words sentence on archbishop the Resolution was carried amid cheers. Earlier there were some trenchant remarks on the subject of Catholic apathy in Trade unions. Or. Jack Donovan Veteran official of the powerful transport and Gene ral workers Union declared whoever dominates the transport and general workers Union Domi nates the whole Trade Union movement and the communists Are trying to capture the branches of this Union. must be Between 300,000 and 400,000 catholics in this Union. They can beat the communists merely by turning up at Branch meetings and seeing that decent men Are elected. They will come if they Are a significant step by our Industrial correspondent this meeting can. Be regarded As a very significant step in the history of Britain s Trade unions. Under the present Tabor govern ment Trade unionism is playing a larger part than Ever in the life of the country. Catholic leaders Here Are constantly insisting that if Catho Lic Trade unionists took a keen in Terest in their unions they could practically run them. Union Branch meetings Are More often than not very poorly attended and communists make full use of this fact in their efforts to dominate the. Trade Union movement efforts in which they have had a fair measure of Success. The chief purpose of the Catholic Trade Union associations now being formed is to combat from within the unions trends which Are opposed to religion or morals by encouraging Catholic unionists to take their full share of running their unions. Dangers of apathy catholics began to Wake up to the dangers of apathy and the opportunities of such societies following the 1942 . Manifesto on education which showed very great ignorance of the Catholic Outlook and was in Many ways the basis of the present education act. Some dioceses already have thriving associations of Catholic Trade unionists. Now Westminster under the leadership of its energetic Arch Bishop has taken up the idea with enthusiasm that if it is maintained promises to revolutionise the . Movement in London and Deal a heavy blow to communist infiltration. Further although Cardinal Griffin acts Only for Westminster in this matter his enthusiasm and drive May Well prove a very definite Lead to Bishops of those dioceses where Catholic . Groups do not As yet exist. It is estimated by Trade Union leaders that not More than 3 per cent of Trade Union members attend to the administration of the movement. It is unlikely that this proportion will Ever increase much As far As most members Are concerned. Catholics form some 6 per cent of the population of great Britain. If catholics All Over the country can be encouraged to join their Trade unions and become Active in them it seems quite possible that they could see that right thinking men Are in control. And this it would seem is the trend Here to Day. For those Avo have not found the perfect Sherry Gold medal Sherry awaits your appreciation allow us 18 work German cardinals i to i Cologne november 23."even a vanquished nation has certain Inalien Able and sacred rights and one of the most important of them is that it should he allowed to work said car Dinal Frings archbishop of Cologne in an address Here when he appealed for the return of almost 7,000,000 germans still held As prisoners of War. I we desire to earn our own daily bread by our own peaceful efforts and we want to work he said. It seems to me that the desire to accomplish tasks of peace is a better Demon stration of practical penance than a constantly repeated admission of guilt with regard to a past which we All the Cardinal said that there Are still approximately 4,000,000 germans held in Russia and 1,000,000 in France whom Germany needs in order to re build her devastated country

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