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Sixty.four RECOLLECI'IONS OF FOUR POPES BY A PILGRIM By Dr, Thomas O'Hagen (N. C. W. C. News Service) A general audience which I had yes- terday with His Holiness Pope Plus Xl, reminds me that it has been my privilege to have had audiences with all the Apostolic Successors )f St. Peter who have worn the tiara since the year 1900. Pope Leo XIII My first visit to the Eternal City was towards the close of the reign of Pope Leo XIII, of glorious memory. It was in Septemler, 1900, that I found myself in the ancient city of the Seven Hills. A great pilgrimage had arrived, composed largely of Si- cilians, with a contingent from Scot- land. Having heard that the Holy Fa- ther was to eceive the pilgrims in St. Peter's and give them  his blessing from the altar of the Apostles I suc- ceeded in securing admission as one of the pilgrims. Now, after twenty-two years, what stands out in my memory from that pilgrim throng of probably thirty thousand souls was the ardent Catho- lic faith manifested as well as loyalty to the person of the Vicar of Christ. As the Swiss guards bore in the Sedia Gestatoria the Holy Father then ap- proaching ninety years of age up the aisle of the Basilica a mighty shout went up from the thousands of pin grims pressing around the tomb of the Apostles. . What impressed me then in the per- son of the Holy Father was his alert and marvellous vitality and the splen- dor of his piercing eye. He seemed to focus in his look, as his eye swept the vast throng while" he scattered bene- dictions upon the kneeling multitude, each individual member of the pil- primage. Then his voice rang out in benediction from the altar not with the accent of age, but with the vital force of virile power. It was in the spring of 1904 about Eastertide that I had my first audi- ence with Pope Plus X. of blessed memory. He impressed you at once as indeed the benign and beloved pas- tor of all Souls. A handsome old man --something older looking than his years would warrant--at whose feet you would willingly kneel and crave a blessing eventhough he were not Pope at all, The heart dominated. His soul flooded his face with the goodness of God. Nine years later the writer saw again Pope Plus X in audience. But how changed! It was the spring of 1913, and the Holy Father had just recovered from a long and severe ill- ness. He looked worn and pale and his voice was weak. From this illness Pope Plus X really never recovered. He died the following year, when Eu- rope had but entered the great fra- tracidal war. Benedict XV Last year in the month of Septem ber through the kindness of Mgr. O'Hagan, Rector of the Irish College, I was privileged to be received in pri- vate audience by the late Pope Bene- dict XV. of beloved memory. What struck you at once in kneeling at the feet of Pope Benedict XV, was his simplicity and tact. His course in the war proved certainly that Pope Bene- dict loved justice. It was his inter- vention that rescued from prison camps thousands of prisoners; He la- bored unceasingly to bring about peace among the warring nations. Pope Benedict XV will be known as the great peace Pope whose life was set in troublous times. The present Holy Father Pope Plus m t | [I i Ii i XI.  a Milanese--differs tempera- mentally and physically from the oth- er three preceding Popes. As Pope Plus XI. enters the audience chamber you get the impression of executive power and order and unless I am greatly mistaken Pope Plus XI. will not be long on the Throne of the Fish- erman till some things are being done. It strikes me now that he is feeling his way. The Pope has the Lumbar- dian oUtline and hue of face, is strong- ly built and though not a tall man he is taller than he looks, and indeed re- minds one that he was once a moun- tain climber. The forceful intellectual- ity of the scholar and student in the present Holy Father dominates all. THE CHURCIt ACCUSERS A French diocesan weekly quotes i from that distinguished writer, F. Brunetiere, the following pointed and pithy characterization of the kinds of people who go to make up the main body of the critics and accusers of the Church: Who, then, are they who reproach religion with being too wearisome? Those who do not practice it. Who are they wh reproach the Church for exacting faith in her re- vealed doctrines? Those who believe in the worst fooleries and in the most absurd supersitions. Who are they who reproach the Church for not ecognizing the digni- ty of man ? Those who claim the mon- key for their father, chance for their master, pleasure for their Iaw, anni- hilation for their end. Who are they who upbraid the Church with being a religion of money ? Those who despoil her of her goods witll the utmost cynicism. Who are they who accuse the Church with bein an enemy to light ? Those who, despising liberty, have closed Catholic schools and driven out the nuns and the religious teachers. Who are they who reproach, the Church with being an enemy of the people? Those who, ignorant of his- tory, are persecuting the charitable institutions established religion (hos- pitals, creches, workshops, etc.) Who are they who indulge with the utmost audacity in violent tirades against the Church and her teach- ings ? Those who know nothing what- ever of religion or of what its pre- cepts require. We are not afraid, then, either of the number or of the fury of those who attack us, and are rather to con- gratulate ourselves. They know what ttmy are doing, and that we are what the world calls "a force." Their an- ger is aroused by the knowledge that they are able neither to slight, nor to despise, nor, above all, to ignore us. We overawe them by our number, B our doctrine, our kteas, the progress we are continually making, the fear they have that we shall achieve even greater things, by our confidence and our hopes. Out of reach as we are of their anger, it is their indifference tlmt we have to dread. Born under persecution, growing up amidst heresies, strengthened by con- trOversies, if the Church had no longer adversaries we would need to despair of the promises of her Founder. But as long as struggles and opposition continue, she will live. FINEST FISH TAKEN PRESENTED AT CRIB TO INFANT JESUS (By N. C. W. C. News Service) One of the most curious Christmas customs of France is that which has I been transmitted from generation to I generation among the fisher folk of] Marseilles. 'i At midnight on Christmas Eve they I march in procession to the Church of J I, i Latex Iron Works Incorporated Manufacturers and Repairers of OIL WELL SUPPLIES AND FISHING TOOLS EL DORADO, ARK. 1 1 THE GUARDIAN Saint Laurent, which dates from the THE WORLD AS IT GOES I year 1240, singing in the Provencial . tongue and canticle" The world as it goes--and that's the / -,Noel, Noel, voici le Redempteur" best way; I (Noel, Noel, behold the Redeemer). With Gods arms around it, it cant] After the Credo, the youngest of the go astray; fishwives present approaches the crib The sunlight above it, the meadowsJ and offers to the Christ Child a beautiful basket, trimmed with flowing ribbons, and containing the finest fish caught during the day. When laying the basket at the foot of the crib, the bearer pronounces in the local dialect, an ancient' prayer beginning with these words: "Little Jesus, the fish- ers and fish dealers of Saint Laurent are come to offer you the most beauti- ful fish of the sea. ." "After this the fishermen sing their ancient carols and songs. The entire ceremony is infinitely pictulsque and touching. A PERMANENT CHRISTMAS A good conscience is a continual Christmas. St. Paul places joy and happiness among the fruits of the spirit and these are the rewards of good conduct. False pleasures of the world turn to cinder and ashes and bring poverty and emptiness of soul. They are destroyers of true Christian joy and their victims become slaves of the monsters they create. On Christmas day the boundaries of earth and heaven touch and inter- mingle. Heaven seems brought down to earth and earth is lifted up to heav- en, and the world draws upon its mor- al sources. Heart calleth to heart and we are not ashamed of kind words and deeds that are rarer than rubies. AlL feel as brothers as they gather like the shepherds about the crib and come to adore the Lord. A cheerful disposition contributes much to the enjoyment and happiness of life. Thus when Christmas comes, the world suddenly grows better and heaven seems nearer. GEORGIA'S LYNCHING RECORD ( From the Boston Transcript) Georgia and Mississippi led at lynching lasfi year. The record was carefully kept by the superintendent of Tuskegee Institute. Compared with the other lynching states, the two al- ready mentioned leave all rivals so far behind that the others may be said to be nowhere. Georgia is well led by Watson. He has the boldness to assert direful things, and his fel-] low-citizens have the ignorance to yield unquestioning cledence. Georgia is especially well equipped to hold the lynching pre-eminence over all the states of the union. The eminence is one that decent people would not much relish. MOORE-GAMMILL EL DORADO, ARK. i i i i i ;; m J FIRST PARK POLICY It is just fifty years since Ameri- ca's national park policy was inaug- urated. Half a century ago congress voted that an immense tract of land in Wyoming, since called Yellowstone below-- . park, should be dedicated as a "public It's a sweet world of glory--apd so pleasure ground and a game pre- let it go! serve." Today there are 19 national morality or religion proud of the fact. Is it not evidence that their to raise the possibilities to their highest l Journal. MUSIC'S VALUE ON LIFE. Ah, it rolls through the shadow to- ward the bright sun-- With God's arms around it, the goal shall be won. The bright stars to deck it when day dies in night-- It's a sweet world of beauty--and God gives it light. The world as it goesand that's the fine thing, With a heart that can follow the fur- row and sing; The seasons all lovely, and best thing of allj God's arms around it--and how can it fall. --Baltimore Sun. FAMILY CARS. "Family accommodation" cars, seven rooms to each car, each room accommodating five persons, will be placed in the Chicago-California serv- ice of the Santa "Ie railway for fall and winter travel, according to recent announcements. There will be eigh- teen cars of the new style. Each room will contain upper and lower double berths, a day lounge and bed, with lavatory and toilet equipment. SOME ItOLE. A hole seventy feet in diameter and 226 feet deep suddenly appeared in a wheat field of a farmer living near Bland, Missouri. Water to a depth of 112 feet promptly filled the hole. Many scientists have visited the hole. Those who have descended to water level report no apparent in- let or outlet. A PRETTY LEGEND A pretty legend tell us that once the Boy Jesus appeared to St. Teresa of Jesus, the foundress of the Car- melite nuns. "I am Teresa of Jesus," said the Lord. The lesson is one of generosity in our services of Jesus Christ. The closeness of our union with Him is in proportion to our loving fidelity. His coming was for each individual soul. He longs to be most intimately united with us. If we let Him, He will take entire possession. J i i,J LUMBER COMPANY ' , j park reservations in the United States, covering a total area of con- siderably more than 10,000 square miles. EVIDENCE OF FAILURE. We frequently find men of culture who take pride in their art or their science but who have no feeling for There is an old saying have no songs." The creasing interest in music masses of this continent dous influence for tional life in our own that of our neighbors. 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