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The GUardian OFficial 00ublication of the q00tocese oF tittle 00och to Conque000000ii*:000000sia Prevents0000;00000000 : ! !: i ! Watching for Communists at Year's End A tired group of American Grs, with their guns patrol in the Vietnamese jungle near the Cam- loaded and sharp eyes watching in all dlrec- bodian border. tions, took a break for a smoke during a recent (NC Photo) Premier of South Vietnam Urges Awareness of Communism's Aim Saigon (NC) -- Awareness of communist goals is "the initial step toward a wise solution of the Vietnamese problem," South Vietnam's Prime Minister Tran Van Huong told the 14th annual conference of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League. Huong said the war in Vietnam is "one phase -- perhaps the fiercest -- in the plan for world conquest by the communist im- perialists" and that "once this bastion of the Republic of Viet- nam falls into communist hands, the free nations of Southeast Asia will one by one be threatened, invaded and finally subjugated." The prime minister declared that "the aggressor has always cloaked his nefarious design with such terms as 'war of liberation' or 'people's war.' Pope Optimistic Despite Unrest ante where he offered Mass in a steel factory, the Pope sleptafew hours but was up in time to cele- brate Mass in St. Peter's basilica at 11 A.M. The Mass was sim- ple and the thousands in the basi- lica from all parts of the world joined in answering the Latin responses. As soon as the Mass was fin- ished, Pope Paul leR the altar and went to the central balcony over- looking the square. The enormous crowd cheered the Pope's ap- pearance on the balcony. The Pope delivered his Christ- mas greeting in a strong voice, showing no weariness from his long night. Essentially the mes- sage was: "We must be born again, SEE PoPE ON PAGE 3 Happy Christmas it was a happy Christmas for !ohn Maxdi of East Pakistan )ecause his foster parents, Mr: nd Mrs. E A Schindler oz ,ureka Springs, Ark, sent a ecial gift donation'to his paanage for his Christmas )resent. This is in addition m h_tortl s $5 per month they send a_." regular expenses. They [,_upted John through the Fos- er Parents Mission Club of tjr it, a group dedicated to . mg the most destitute Asian :nlldren, those of t e 1 we ;-. h o r ,tutes and tribes who otherwise Vould not get three meals a ay, a change of clothing mid, a st important of all, an edu- ion. Vatican City (NC) -- Pope Paul VI, viewing the past year in the Church's life, said he is opti- mistic rather than pessimistic de- spite a number of crises of faith and discipline. The Pope also indicated he plans to give further guidance at some future time on the sub- ject of family regulation. He announced that he had sum- moned the second Synod of Bis- hops, to be held in Rome starting Oct. 11, 1969. The Pope's announcements were part of a long and wide-reaching survey of the year which he sub- mitted to the cardinals living in Rome and officials of the Roman Curia -- the Church's central ad- ministrative offices -- his tradi- tional pre-Christmas audience. Among the matters he touched on were: A feeling of general optimism in evaluating the Church's pres- ent situation. Reaffirmation of his teaching on family regulation with thepos- sibility of further elaboration la- ter. The announcement of the open- ing of a second Synod of Bishops. An analysis of his efforts for peace in Vietnam, the Middle East and Nigeria. A tribute to the American as- tronauts. An estimated 150,000 persons gathered in St. Peter's Square at noon on Christmas day to re- ceive Pope Paul Vrs traditional blessing to the city and the world. Following his return from Tar- U.S. Astronauts Preach Powerful Sermon Though named for a pagan god, the space capsule Apollo-8 has carried the word of the True God into an extraterrestrial realm for the first time. A reading from Genesis was broadcast 40,000 miles from an orbit of the moon back to earth by Astronauts Frank Barman, William Anders andJamesLovell. Prayers, too, were broadcast, and this humble acknowledgement of man's obligation to his Creator from such intrepid explorers lifted the project above the cal- lousness of mere science. The providential aspect of the historic achievement was cited by the Vatican City daily, L'Os- servatore Romano. It cited some of the objections to the flight of Apollo-8, acknowledged that The Sentry Says: "every objection is legitimate," and then said: "Yet the indestructible fact re- mains that even flight obeys a moral imperative of man whose spirit is stretched providentially toward the new and the unknown, the unexplored, the arduous, the mysterious. Such a human urge is irreversible. Such a demand of the spirit is inherent in man. It belongs to the mysterious plane of providence." Captive people behind the Iron Curtain undoubtedly learned noth- ing of these spiritual notes of the moon probe, but nobody in the free world could have missed them. Prayers for the safety of the astronauts were commonplace during the six-day flight as the magnitude of the scientific under- taking strained human imagination to the point where it seemed nat- urally to turn to God. Astronaut Anders, a Catholic, and his two non-Catholic crew- mates prepared themselves spiri- tually for the adventure before the flight. All three participated in church services, Anders assist- ing at a private Mass in Our Savior's Convent chapel inCocoa Beach, Fla., where he received the Holy Eucharist under both species. Fear of the Hang Kong flu forced him to avoid a public Mass. Publicity that was given by the secular news media to the religious aspects of momentous flight was another dividend accruing from the project. This, included re- ports of a private Mass that was offered in Ander's Seabrook, Tex- as, home for his wife and five SEE ASTRONAUTS ON PAGE 3 tirth Controllers Contradict Themselves. (For Details, Read Qul Vive? on Page 4) "The nearsighted and the high- ly gullible are prone to be de- ceived into thinking that this is an internecine conflict, a sort of civil war involving people of the same blood," he said. "But you and I know it for what it really is, that is, naked aggression by the communist imperialists who seek to impose their dream of subjugating not only 14-million South Vietnamese but also Asia and the whole world." Realization of the communist aims will advance a solution to the Vietnam problem, because, Huong said, "a peace, a true peace, just and durable, cannot be brought about by the surrender of a nation, especially when that na- tion has sacrificed so much blood in one generation for the ideal of freedom. "Neither can peace be attained by concessions to the aggressor on the battlefield or the confer- ence table," he added. He said the solution to the Vietnamese war is the return of the aggres- sor "to his former position." This, he asserted, "is the sole minimum, logical and simplest approach to a solution of the Viet- nam issue and a true peace settle- meat which the South Vietnamese have been longing for." The prime minister, a Con- fucianist, deplored the millions of Asians now being oppressed. "It is indeed heartbreaking for us Asians when we consider that here in Asia, the cradle of the greatest religions and virtues of mankind, we now see hundreds of millions of Asians oppressed, trampled by the iron heel of believers of the most despotic, atheistic and in- human doctrine that history has ever known," he said. But he said there are sources of hope, declaring that "we are of the firm conviction that Asian philosophy and morals are still our sources of strength, en- thusiasm and hope for victory. With hard struggle and reconstruc- tion efforts, a free peaceful and happy Asia shall once again emerge," he said. The Asian Peoples' Anti- Communist League was founded in Chinhae, Korea, in 1954 by Presi- dent Sygnam Rhee of Korea and President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. Serra Club Introducing Seminarians Little Rock -- The Greater Little Rock Serra Club has ar- ranged a new feature for The Guardian to introduce to the faithful of the Diocese of Little Rock the young men from Arkan- sas who are studying for the Holy Priesthood. The first presentation appears this week on Page 4. The Serra Club, dedicated to the promotion of vocations to the priesthood, became concerned that interest in young men preparing for ordination might wane, now that St. John's Home Missions Seminary, Little Rock, has been closed. As a result, biographical in- formation about each of the state's seminarians has been gathered by Serrans, and one biography will be published each week. They will appear in alphabetical order. The Serra Club has updated its program to keep members abreast of modern thought on vocation pro- motion work and to provide them with motivation to implement the purposes of the organization. A story about the new Serra pro- grams appear on Page 11.