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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Friday, Auguil SS, 1'70 THl IETHBRIDG8 HERALD 17 Vatican Attacks Press In Nun Scandal Case VATICAN CITY (AP) A Vatican magazine came out here with pictures and inter- views to counter what it called an "unworthy and scandalistic campaign" by newspapers about alleged nun-purchasing in Indian. The publication, L'Osserva- tore della Domcnica, came out two days behind schedule with a four-page section on the nun- recruitment question. The presses had been stopped Tuesday and the edition amended to include what high Vatican prelates called a "docu- mented" defence against press reports of alleged traffic in In- dian nuns by West European convents. It marked the third straight day in which a major communi- cations arm of the Vatican had lashed out at what the Holy Sec claims is sensationalism in press reports of alleged nun- purchasing. The daily paper, L'Osservatore Romano, and the Vatican radio had blasted the press Tuesday and Wednesday. 'BOUGHT' PEASANT GIRLS The scandal erupted Sunday when the London Sunday Times declared that European con- vents short of novices had "bought" more than In- dian peasant girls for to each. The Catholic Herald, a Lon- don Itoman Catholic weekly, warned Vatican officials today a.gainst trying to hush up what it called unpalatable facts about FOR RENT Building with Sq. Ft. or Less Located on 3rd Avenue with good parking Feasible for any type of businesi Write Box 24, Lethbridge Herald SORRY BUT YOU CANT KEEP CANADIANS AWAY FROM A GOOD THING FOR VERY LONG ASAHI BREWERIES. LIMITED TOKYO. MITSUI AMD COMPANY (CANADA) LIMITED. EDMONTON, ALBERTA nun recruitment from the In- dian state of Kerala. In the unprecedented article published Thursday, the Vati- can's weekly magazine charged that "the act of charity of In- dian nuns has been rejected and insulted." It printed an'interview with the mother superior of a nun congregation 'based in Rome, the St. Catherine of Siena Sis- ters of the Poor. Although this order has no corresponding houses in India, it has 40 Indian girls and 10 of them are prepared to take their vows as nuns, L'Osservatore said. EXPRESS SATISFACTION The article also included some interviews with Indian nuns, na- tives of Kerala, who were quoted as expressing satisfac- tion with their convents. The Vatican has been main- taining that while a relatively few girls recruited from India may have met unhappy experi- ences in Europe, the great ma- jority have a true vocation for the religious life and are con- tent. L'Osservatore quoted the su- perior of the congregation, Mother Giovanna, an Italian, as saying that two Indian prelates, including Joseph Cardinal Pare- cattil, had offered to send the order some Indian girls "who had indicated their desire to be- come nuns and to come to Italy." L'Osservatore said Mother Giovanna was asked about re- ports that many Indian girls had breakdowns in Western con- vents, and quoted her as reply- ingt "These girls have voluntarily chosen a religious state. This means sacrifices, renunciations. Naturally they feel homesick but it is the same homesickness felt by Italian girls who leave their famities to go to faraway lands." DEFENDS POLICY In a lead editorial, London's Catholic Herald paper "There is nothing wrong in an offer by a European convent to pay a would-be novice's air fare or to help her impoverished family. "It seems clear beyond doubt that the European convents con- cerned in this shocking story thought they were doing some- thing of the kind and nothing more. "It would however, be unpar- donable for any priests, or any- one else, in Kerala to 'take a commission' in the. process, especially if he authorized it for himself, and it -would be the gravest breach of the church's laws to put the slightest undue pressure on possible recruits, let alone deceive them.... "To make money in this way would still be slave-trading." In New Delhi, Rev. Cyriac Puthenpura, the priest who has sent at least 500 Kerala girls to European convents in the last six years, was quoted as saying Pope Paul blessed him and his work in 1964. The priest's remarks were carried by the Indian news- paper Statesman, which inter- viewed him in his office in Ettu- manoor, Kerala, where he oper- ates an institute that trains girls for duties in European convents. The Statesman said Father Puthenpura received between and for the 150 girls he sent to Europe in the last year. HIJACK TRUCK MONTREAL (CP) A trailer truck containing pounds of textiles was stolen yesterday in suburban Anjou. NOTICE County of Lethbridge No. 26 1. The 1970-71 School Year begins September 1st. 2. First Day of School: Schools in Coaldale, Coalhurst, Nobleford, Shaughnessy, Iron Springs, Turin, Readymade, Hardieville, McNally, and Hulterile jTime of opening Tuesday, September 1st a.m. Schools will operate one half day Sunnyside: Time opening Tuesday, September 1st a.m. School will operate full day Picture Butte: Time opening Wednesday. September 2nd, a.m. Schools will operate the full day. 3. Newcomers Newcomers to the County should determine the school their children will attend (Phone 327-2628) and pre-register at the school on Thursday or Friday. 4. Bus Roules New bus routes have been arranged in all districts except for Coaldale School. Maps are on display in the County Office (contact Mr. Koole) and in the school attended. (In Picture Butte at the high These should be studied by parents or students prior to the -first day of school. W. Modill Secretary-Treasurer DENOUNCES RUSSIA Dr.' Boris Dotsenko, a Soviet physicist granted political asylum in Canada three years ago and now living in Yellow- knife, N.H.T., has written an open letter to Izvcstia de- nouncing the Soviet system. He says the KGB, the Soviet secret police asked him to penetrate the western scien- tific community while in Can- ada. Grain Stocks Down WINNIPEG (CP) A survey of elevator agents by the Cana- dian wheat board indicates somewhat smaller stocks oi grains stored on prairie farms than was estimated earlier by the Dominion Bureau of Statis- tics. The board's survey, released recently, listed 461.9 million bushels of wheat in farm bins at the end of the 1969-70 crop year July 31. This is about 78 million bushels less than the DBS figure of million bushels released last -ween. Including wheat in licensed el- evators or known commercial positions, this would leave Can- ada's total wheat supplies al 986.9 difference ol 909.1 million bushels according to the wheat board survey com- pared with the DBS estimate of slightly less than eight per cent The wheat hoard asked aboul 4.000 elevator agents to estimate the stocks of their customers and about 9o per cent replied. DBS estimates are based on re- ports from a cross-section of farmers. No precise measurements are taken grain stocks until thej are delivered to elevators anc several trade sources have questioned earlier whether DBS estimates during the last crop year were too high. Possible explanations given are that some farmers overesti mated their crop yields last fall or that considerable quantities of grain have gone into live- stock feed vhere it does not pass through the licensed eleva- tor' system. A wheat board spokesman said the survey of elevaotr agents has a good record of ac curacy and in the past has coin cided closely with DBS figures The percentage discrepancies were higher for the other grains where considerably smaller vol umes were involved. The wheat board estimates with DBS fig ures bracketed: Oats, 64.3 million bushels (106 barley 72 rye 3.1 Business Slowdown Nears End WASHINGTON (AP) The United States government's broad index of economic "lead ing indicators" rose signifi eantly for July, giving a firm basis for hope that the country's business slowdown is drawing to an end, the commerce depart- ment reported today.- Oaupled with the previous day's report that wholesale prices fell for the first time to two years, the indicators were further encouragement to the Nixon administration which has been trying to cope with a fal tering economy less than three months before the U.S. congres sional elections. The indicators, computed in an effort to predict the ecpn omy's movements in cominf months, rose 1.6 per cent during July, the largest mcnthly gaii since April, 1969. It was the first time in more than a year that the index has risen for two consecutive months. The index rose to 116.1 per cent of the 1967 average, com- pared with 114.3 in June and 114.0 in May. The most significant improve- ments were shown by new claims for state uncmploymen! insurance, which dropped 12.5 per cent, and new orders for du- rable goods, which increased 6.1 per cent, Serving You Better... Saving You More! This Week's Features at Safeway Bel Air Shoestring Canada Fancy Frozen 2-lb. Heinz 128-oz. jug Bel Air Canada Fancy Frozen Brussels Sprouts or Cauliflower 10 oz. Lima Beans 12 oz. Puritan or Irish Stew or Spaghetti and Meat Balls___15 fl. oz. tin Taste Tells Tangy Flavor 11 fl. oz. bottle Edwards Fine, Reg. Elee. Perc Vacuum Packed .........___ 2-lb. tin each Canterbury Orange Pekoe 125 Bag Pkg. each Empress Pineapple-Orange or n French Fries Tomato White Vinegar Vegetables Beef Stew Tomato Catsup Ground Coffee Tea Fruit Drinks Detergent Corn-on-Cob 12 s J9 Green Grapes s- 3S1-00 Tomatoes Frying Chicken Chuck Roast Round Steak Spare Ribs White Magic Powder with Enzymes. 5 Ib. 4 oz. Net wr. pkg each B.C. Canada No. 1 Field Approx. 5-lb. basket...................... each 1.19 a. Full Slice or Rump Roast Canada Choice Canada Good Beef Ib. Fresh Young Alberta Side Pork Bake or Barbecue Ib. 55C 75C Prices Effective in Lethbridge August 28-29 We Reserve The Right To Limit Quantities SAFEWAY CANADA SAFEW ;