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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - September 5, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia peace in Industry social Justice statement for 1947 the social Justice statement for 1947, peace in Industry is to be released simultaneously in every Parish in Australia on social Justice sunday september 7. Not since the first of these annual statements the Bishops statement on social Justice of 1940has any carried so much weight As peace in to the critical condition of our society and the urgent nature of its topic is to be added the fact that this year s statement appears As the official statement of the stand ing committee of the Catholic Bishops of Australia and bears the Signa Tures of every member of that com Mittee. Former statements the various social Justice state ments distributed by the publications department of the australian National secretariat of Catholic action have played a tremendous part in the spread of Catholic social Princi Ples throughout the australian Community. Indeed their influence has not stopped there for thousands of copies of each statement have been ordered from All parts of the English speaking world. New zealand India South Africa Eire and Britain can Ada and the United states of America have All hailed their Lucid Nuncia cover design of social Justice statement for 19u7. ? Tion of principles too Long lost sight of by a secular world. Non catholics As Well As catholics employers As Well As employees members of parliament As Well As electors study each statement As it comes Forward for Light and guidance in troubled Days. Huge sales the value attached to these state ments is reflected in their extra Ordinary sales. From a total of 50,000 in 1940, they have mounted rapidly to exceed 160,000 in recent years. Early reactions this year together with the critical problems of to Day suggested that this year s orders might reach a Quarter of a million but later figures indicate that the total will be about 200,000itself a tremendous achievement. The organisation of the sales Campaign and the distribution of the pamphlets throughout the common wealth is carried out by the National secretariat of Catholic action through its publications department. a in lev. Priest to build memorial Church father Malcolm Cowin who is now Parish priest of Wymondham in East Anglia and who was a prisoner of was in Singapore and Siam from february 1942, until August 15, 1945feast of the Assumption and Vij Day is to build a Church in memory of the thousands of Allied prisoners who died while being slave driven by the japanese into building the notorious Burma Siam railway. I Well remember the feast of the Assumption two years ago for. Cowin said in. A recent interview. On that Day the Little Flicker of Hope burning just burning within us sprang once again into a Bright flame. For three and a half years we had toiled and hoped. We had watched our comrades sicken and die we had wondered when our turn would come. We had striven with grim tenacity to hold on to life when life seemed to hold out so Little to us. We were then in a Camp in the North of Siam perhaps the Best Camp we had Ever been in but that is not saying much the Burma Siam rail Way which Cost the lives of some 15,000 Allied prisoners had been finished some months Back and we were now building airways for the japanese planes we were never to see. Novena on that Day we concluded a great Novena. The japanese had for some time forbidden me to offer mass save on very exceptional occasions. I had managed to persuade them that to us the 15th was a most important Day honoured by All catholics through out the world and they had grudgingly granted permission for mass in the evening. Secretly however i had been of Fering mass in the mornings very Early and i had said the eight masses of the Novena which was to end on the Assumption. Catholics in the Camp every evening for the eight Days before the Assumption walked or sat two together we were forbidden to congregate reciting the Rosary. Our Novena was for peace in special Honor of our lady Queen of peace. And after that last mass of the Novena i had folded up my tattered vestments and come away from the rickety Bamboo table which did duty As an altar and then it was that i Learned that peace had come at last. It was impossible to think or feel clearly. Those who were prisoners will understand it was not impossible to Pray. Faces in the night but All through the night a vision of the faces of the hundreds of men i had buried the men whose sick Ness and suffering i had watched powerless to help the men to whom i had brought our lord in holy via Nicum whose senses i had anointed preparing them for their last journey on whose dying lips i had pressed the Crucifix passed before me. God had spared me. What was i to do i must build a Church As a memorial to them a place where they will never be for. Cowin intends to get the names of All who died put them in a Book and enshrine it in his memorial Church. His scheme for the Church has received his Bishop s Blessing. Hast Anglia is that part of England that the 18th division came from the division that fought in the far East and sustained such huge losses in prisoner of War Camps. Age. Quality. Flavour Haye been features of wines since 1-8471 00 years better i2.n0 Catholic scouts at my Jaime Moisson near Griffin archbishop of Westminster pontificate at High mass on the feast of the Assumption at the International Jamboree held at Moisson. A huge open air altar had been specially erected for the occasion. The number of Catholic scouts attending the International Jamboree was about 12,000, and they brought 160 Chap Lains with them. There was daily mass at the various sub Camps and special maps were issued so that Catholic scouts knew where to go. French scouts and guides did the most patient and unselfish work assisting in every Way As stewards and guides. This was the first Jamboree at tended by scouts from All Over the world since 1939, and of the catholics alone there were 6,000 French 2,500 English 1,000 flemish 800 austrians 500 Spanish 500 dutch 100 portuguese 400 hungarian and 400 italian scouts. The latter brought with them a statue of our lady of the scouts specially blessed by the holy father. Forty maltese scouts visited Rome and saw the holy father on their Way. The czechoslovakian contingent too consisted mainly of catholics. I England and France Limoges August 15.in the Dio Cese of Southwark England there Are travelling missions which with Mobile chapels take mass and the sacraments to outlying parishes and this method has been adopted in this huge diocese which contains some of the most communist areas in the country. There Are 473 parishes and each Parish embraces Many Little hamlets. Some of these Are too far from the Centre of the Parish for them to have regular visits from the Parish priest and he May have charge of As Many As three parishes at once. The result is that the people have gradually fallen away from the prac Tice of their Faith Many children have not yet been baptised and communist propaganda has been Able to make headway. The first motor missioners oblate of Mary immaculate who began work this year bought an old Van and furnished it with a simple Kitchen a table and chairs and a couple of Beds. They travel round stopping at the Centre of a Village where they ask for a suitable meeting place. They visit All families and invite them to a gathering where films Are shown and where they answer questions. They have been getting attendances of As Many As 30 people at a time. If the atmosphere seems favourable the priests ask for a prayer to be said in unison or perhaps invite the people to attend a mass which is interpreted to them As it proceeds they also hear confessions and give holy communion. The Bishop of Limoges who is much encouraged by the results plans to Send out More motor missions in the near future. 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