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WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH NIHIL SINE DEO August Hosts Fourth Annual CYO Convention Young people I D , . _ , from parishes throughout rho I A planning and hospitality AUGUSTA - o the eighty - eight counties which comprise the Savannah Dioce will meet here for their an ‘ a ^ convention today and tome ow * It is the first to be held' utside of the See City. Hos for this year’s gathering, - ield under the auspices of " ae Most Rev erend Thomas • McDonough, is the Right R^erend Monsignor Daniel J. pourke, V. F., pastor of St. Mary’s - on - the - Hill parish, Augusta, and Augusta iery youth moderator. committee, headed by the Rev. Ralph E. Seikel, pastor of St. Patrick’s parish, Augusta, and moderator of Aquinas High School will provide overnight facilities for out of town C. Y. O. delegates and members. Registration will begin at 10:00 A. M. today in the parish hall at St. Mary’s-on-the-Hill. Convention proceedings will be gin with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, with Bishop McDonough as celebrant. The plenary session begins at 2:00 P. M. with the Rev. Herbert J. Wellmeier, Diocesan Youth Moderator presiding. Both Father Wellmeier and Fa ther Seikel will deliver wel coming addresses. Featured at the plenary session will bq a talent contest, with entries from many of the parish C. Y. O. Councils, and a choral pro gram by the Aquina s High School Glee Club. Election of Officers for the Vol. 43, No. 16 10c Per Copy — $3 A Year SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 1963 FELICITATE PAPER ON ITS FIRST EDITION The first issue of “The Southern Cross” is highly privileged to print a cablegratn received from Our Sovereign Pontiff, Pope John XXIII, through Cardinal Cicognani, imparting His Papal Blessing. We urge you to continue your prayers for the Vicar of Christ on Earth. His Excellency, Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, has graciously deigned to felicitate our new diocesan paper. We are deeply grateful to His Excellency. With such an auspicious beginning, we beg Almighty God to shower His graces in abundance upon “The Southern Cross. 1 ’ bishop McDonough. ***** Vatican City Bishop AIcDonough 225 Abercorn St. Savannah, Ga. The Holy Father, whose pastoral heart is well aware of the importance of the Catholic Press, was deeply gratified to learn of the forthcoming publication of Savannah’s Diocesan Weekly, The Southern Cross. Fervently invoking copious spiritual fruits for this praiseworthy undertaking, The Pontiff cordially imparts to Your Excellency, the Editorial staff, contributors and readers, his special apostolic benediction. CARDINAL CICOGNANI. ***** Washington, D. C. Most Rev. Thomas J. McDonough, Bishop of Savannah, Savannah, Ga. Please convey my warmest congratulations and prayerful best wishes to all who were instrumental in the successful publication of the first issue of the Diocesan Weekly t “The Southern Cross.” May the new weekly serve through the years to come as a source of truth and inspiration to the faithful of the Diocese of Savannah. ARCHBISHOP VAGNOZZI, Apostolic Delegate. Using Jar As Chalice Priests Liberated From Cuba Offered Mass In Secret MIAMI, Fla., (NC) - Three priest - chaplains imprisoned for 20 months in Red-ruled Cuba said they had to offer Mass secretly in prison, using a broken glass jar as a chalice and smuggled altar bread. The priests, who were cap tured by Castro forces during the Bay of Pigs invasion in April, 1961, arrived in south Florida aboard the airlift that brought more than 1,000 liber ated invasion prisoners from Cuba. The priests, all natives of Spain formerly stationed in Cuba, are Fathers Ismael de Lugo, O.F.M. Cap., who was wounded in the invasion, Tomas Macho, S.J., and Father Segun- do Lahera, S.P. They said they offered Mass daily in a swamp until their capture within a week after the abortive invasion. Cuban mili tiamen confiscated their chali ces, breviaries and Bibles be fore imprisoning them with some 200 other brigade members in Havana’s Principe prison, they said. Father Macho said that Cu ban women visiting the prison brought altar breads concealed in scapulars and shirt sleeves, enabling the priests to dis tribute Communion several times to the prisoners. A small bottle of wine, which was al lowed for medicinal purposes, was dispensed by a dropper so that it could be conserved for celebration of Mass whenever possible. Confessions were heard regularly. Father Lugo, who gave the invocation when President Ken nedy addressed the invasion brigade in Miami (Dec. 29), said the prisoners lived under inhuman conditions. He urged prayers for the Cubans who died in the invasion attempt, assailed ■ Marxist- Leninist philosophy, and then asserted: “We are not alone in this fight. We have with us the peo ple of Cuba, the exiles and the President of the U. S. We pray to God we can go to Cuba to finish what we started to do on April 17(1961).” INDEX MARRIAGES 2-A HERE AND THERE 8-B EDITORIALS 2-B YOUTH SCOPE 2-A OBITUARIES 6-B CONFIRMATION LIST . 2-A 1962-63 year will take place at the 4:00 P. M. session. All C. Y. O. members may be present at the balloting, but only the official delegates of each parish Council represented will be entitled to vote. Offices to be filled are President, Vice- P res i dent, Secretary and Treasurer. Chairmen for four standing committees will also be chosen at this session. They will head Physical, Cultural, Spiritual, and Social activities on a Dio cesan level. No sessions are scheduled for the evening, so that Con ventioneers may attend basket ball games which will pit the teams of Augusta’s Richmond Academy against Benedictine Military Academy and St. Vin cent’s Academy of Savannah; and Aquinas High School against Brunswick’s Glynn Academy. Highlight of the evening for many will be semi-formal dances at St. Joseph’s, Fleming Heights and Immaculate Con ception, Augusta, beginning at 9:00 P. M. At 9:00 A.M. on Sunday Bish op McDonough will celebrate a Low Pontifical Mass at St. Mary’s - on - the - Hill, and will deliver the sermon. The Mass will be followed by a Communion breakfast at which the featured speaker will be the Rev. William F. McDonough, brother of Bishop McDonough. Father McDonough is a priest of the Archdiocese of Phila delphia. A graduate of St. Jo seph’s Preparatory School, there he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained on December 15,1945. After filling parochial as- Pope John Named Man Of Year By Editors Of Time NEW YORK, - Pope John XXIII, 81-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church who launched a historic revolution for Christian unity and embodied the longings of the entire human race for peace, was named Man of the Year this week by the editors of Time, The Weekly Newsmagazine. He is the first man of religion to be so designated since Time established the tradition in 1927. In selecting for the 36th year the man who “left an indelible mark - for good or ill - on his tory, “Time says that peasant- born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli “created history in a way that few other men were able to do in 1962.” The past year, Time says, “was a year of American reso lution, Russian exploration, Eu ropean unification, and Chinese aggression. In a tense yet hope- filled time, these were the events that held the headlines and caused a stir. But in the eye of'history, 1962 may be better recalled for an event that took place physically in the world’s most famed cathedral but that had been gestating in the hearts and minds of men for decades. That was the beginning of a revolution in Christianity, in the ancient face whose 900 million adherents make it the world’s largest religion. That beginning was the work of the Man of the Year Pope John XXIII who, by convening the Ecumenical Council called Va tican II, set in motion ideas and forces that will affect not only Roman Catholics, not only Christians, but the whole world’s ever-expanding popula tion long after Cuba is once again free and India is free of attack.” By summoning the Ecu menical Council to “renew” the Catholic Church, Pope John singlehandedly launched a revo lution whose sweep and loftiness caused it to outrank the secular concerns of the year. Measured even against such portentous events as President Kennedy’s bold blockade of Soviet arms shipments to Cuba, Time says, the turning point that Christ ianity reached in 1962 is al ready assured of a firm place in history, that “mistress of life” to which Pope John fre quently refers. By launching a reform whose goal is to make the Catholic Church SINE MACULA ET RUGA (without spot or wrinkle), He set out to adapt his church’s whole life and stance to the revo lutionary changes - in science, economics, morals, politics - that have swept the modern world; to make it, in short, more Catholic and less Roman. He also vaulted the internal concerns of Christianity with persistent and eloquent pleas for peace, which seemed to articulate the longings of the whole human race in a way that the pious Khrushchev can never seem to bring off. As a consequence, says Time, John XXIII is the most popular of modern times - and perhaps ever. He has demonstrated such warmth, simplicity and charm that he has won the hearts of Catholics, Protestants and non- Christians alike. His recent ill ness reaised a tide of concern around the world. “If we should pray for anyone in the world today,” says Protestant Theo logian Paul Tillich, “we should pray for Pope John. He is a good man.” Last week, Time says, Pope John showed the qualities that have made him prefer, among all the impressive titles of the Roman Pontiff, the simple one of SERVUS SERVORUM DEI - the servant of the ser vants of God. After delivering a Christmas message in which he pleaded for Christian unity and peace - “of all the earth's treasures, the most precious and most noteworthy” - he ad dressed the 50 ambassadors to the Holy See. He rejoiced at the end of the Cuban crisis, noting that his pleas for peace v at that time “were not words shouted into the wind but rather touched minds and hearts. This is a new chapter in the modern world.” He asked support for such international bodies as the United Nations, and urged na tions to join in a “noble con test” to explore space and solve the world’s great economic and social problems. He also referred to his ill ness. To doctors and children at Bambino Cesu, he said: “You see, I am in perfect condition. Oh, I am not yet ready to run any races or enter in contests, but in all I am feeling well.” Nonetheless, Time notes, the feeling persists in Rome that he is still far from well, and He himself has spoken fre quently. in recent weeks of the possibility of his imminent death. Only last week he told the cardinals: “Our humble life, like the life of everyone, is in the hands of God.” A fortnight ago, at the closing of the Ecu menical Council’s first session, he was even more pointed. “One year is a long time,” he said. “I may not be here. If i am not, there certainly will be another Pope.” Whoever the next Pope may be, Time says, he will not be able to ignore or forget forces that the Pope has un leashed. The importance of the Council called by Him is far greater than even the sum of its accomplishments. On the one hand, by the freedom of dis cussion and the diversity of views it revealed, it shattered forever the Protestant view of the Catholic Church as a mono lithic and absolutist system. On the other hand, it marked tacit recognition by the Catholic Church, for the first time, that (Continued on Page 2-A) Official THE REV. WILLIAM DALY, O.M.I. - Pastor St. Paul’s, Douglas. THE REV. TIMOTHY RYAN- Assistant Pastor, St. A.nne’s, Columbus. THE REV. THADDEUS MI- CHOTA - Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph’s, Augusta. JOHN XXIII Rebuked For Lecture BOSTON, (NC) - A lecture on birth control methods was given to four public employees during their working hours in a hall rented from a Catholic church. The executive responsible for this action, which violates Mas sachusetts law, has been severely reprimanded, it was disclosed during an executive session of the Boston Redevel opment Authority. The lecture was given in the parish hall of St. Richard’s church in nearby Roxbury, by a representative of the Planned Parenthood Federation. Four employees of the Redevelop ment Authority attended it—two men and two women who are working to relocate families displaced by a redevelopment project in the area. The parish hall is being rented by the au thority as a temporary, local office for the Washington Park Project in Roxbury. Walter Smart, manager of the Washington Park Project, au thorized the lecture. At the executive session, he was re primanded for setting policy without authorization and for taking action that could injure or destroy the redevelopment program. A promotion and sala ry increase which had been ap proved for him were rescinded. signments at Allentown, Pa. and Quakertown, Pa., he served for three years as Secretary in the Apostolic nunciature in Bel grade, Yugoslavia from 1947 to 1950. Following his return to the Unites States, Father Mc Donough resumed parochial ac tivities at Glenside, Pa. and Ardmore, Pa. He is presently serving at Nativity Parish in Philadelphia, and is District Director of C. Y. O. activities in the Archdiocese of Phila delphia. Medals emblematic of out standing service will be award ed to both C. Y. O. members and Adult Advisors. The Youth medal is the “Eagle and Cross” award. Adult advisors cited will receive the “Pro Deo etJuven- tute” (For God and Youth) medal. Convention proceedings will come to a close with the formal installation of newly elected Diocesan officers and an address by Bishop Mc Donough. Program Leaders Rev. Herbert J. Wellmeier Rev. William F. McDonough Rev. Ralph E. Seikel Rt. Rev. Msgr. D. J. Bourke URI Christmas Report Branded False A UPI wire service report charging that “Jordanians stood aghast as crowds of Christians fought and cursed each other” at the Catholic observance of Christmas at Bethlehem has been denied categorically by Church officials. The UPI report also stated that Jordanian tourist officials “said the scene was the re sult of Roman Catholic autho rities refusal to allow them to make the necessary arrange ments to insure an orderly entry into the church.” (St. Catherine’s adjoining the Ba silica of the Holy Nativity) Council Opening Top Story Of ’62 WASHINGTON, (NC) - Catho lic newspaper editors have overwhelmingly voted the bril liant October 11 opening of the Second Vatican Council the top Catholic news story of 1962. Second place in a poll of the top ten stories was given to the June 25 decision of the U. S. Supreme Court on school pray er. The court held voluntary recitation in New York public schools of a state-authorized, non-sectarian prayer to be un constitutional. The other stories in the top ten are: 3. The September 4 dese gregation of Catholic schools in New Orleans. 4. Announcement on June 25 of the Holy See’s plans to chan nel $50 million into the Church in Red-threatened Latin Ameri ca and to extend other aid, 5. The September 20 defeat in the House of Representatives of a bill for Federal aid for all colleges following the inter vention of the National Edu cation Association with the charge that the bill would vio late proper Church-State re lations. MAILING ADDRESS Church authorities, however, said that the necessary ar rangements were made with the full collaboration and coopera tion between Jordanian officials and Catholic authorities. They said that perfect order was observed during the solemn procession for the Midnight Mass and that this year’s cele bration was marked by a spirit of complete harmony and good will with the other Christian communities that share the holy shrine of Bethlehem with the Catholic Church. They added that Catholic and non-Catholic ambassadors, as well as Catholics of the Jeru salem consular corps, praised Jordanian officials for the good order both inside and outside the complex of the Nativity basilica. Says Reds Recruiting In Schools PRAY FOR OUR PRIESTLY DEAD REV. JOSEPH REISERER January 5, 1880 Oh God, Who didst give to thy servants by their sacredotaf office, a share in the priest hood of the Apostles, grant, we implore, that they may also be one of their company forever in heaven. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen. CINCINNATI - Communism has reduced its recruiting age to the high school student level, according to Douglas Hyde, English author and one-time communist. “All over the world the com munists are working among high school students”, he said. Hyde, once editor of the London Daily Worker, expressed the belief that “the average high school boy or girl today is interest ed world affairs ... As a consequence they are interest ed in communism — either puzzled by it, attracted to it, challenged by it, or wanting to fight it.” REV. MICHAEL J. BYRNE January 8, 1922