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HITS 86 PER CEN Z MARK--Cape TOwn, South Africa, March 11 (NC) Catholics of the Cape Town archdiocese have called on 120,000 Cape Town homes out of a total of 139,000 in their big "Operation Un- derstanding." A Chicago Paulist in Johannesburg, Rev. Rob- err A. Donoghue, C.S.P., who has specialized in such campaigns, said that this 86 per cent cover- age of homes Is a record, Purpose of the operation is to find lapsed Cath- Olics, extend a hand of friendship tO non-Catholics and make a new census of Catholics. it it it EXPRESS SYMPATHY FOR STRIKING MIN- ERS--Cerebral, France, March 12 (NC) -- Three French prelates have expressed their sympathy for France's 200,000 coal miners in their nationwide strike. The s t r I k e against the nationalized mines, which began March 1, has been supported by all major French union organizations, the Communist, socialist and the French Confederation of Christian Workers. It is regarded as a major test of strength be- tween Organized labor and the government of Presi- dent Charles de Gaulle, which has issued a back-to- work order. Miners are demanding shorter hours and an 11 per cent pay raise. The government has offered a 5.7 per cent increase. it it it WILL BUILD 153 PARISH CENTERS -- Turin, Italy, March 12 (NC) -- The ArchdioceSe of Turin plans to build about 150 parish centers, complete with day nurseries and social clubs, for the thou- sands of job-seekers who flock to this industrial cen- ter. Coadjustor Bishop Fellclsslmo Tinivella said the 69 centers planned for Turin itself and the 79 planned for the suburbs will be finished before the nd of the 1960s. It is estimated that the centers to be built within the city will cost almost $13 million. The suburban parish centers are expected to cost about as much. it it it NEW CHURCH PROVINCE ERECTED IN PHIL- IPPINESVatican City, March 12 (Radio, NC)His Holiness Pope John XXIII has erected a new Church province  Lingayen-Dagupan  about 100 miles nOrtheast of Manila in the PhilippineS. The Lingayen-Dagupan province will consist of the archdiocese of the same name and two new dioceses in central Luzon, Cabanatuan and Tarlac. Head of the province is Archbishop Mariano Madriaga, 60, who had become BiShop of Lingayen at the age of 36. it it it CALCUTTA NUNS ORGANIZED =-Calcutta, India, March 12 (NC)---One hundred and twenty.five Sisters from Calcutta and four neighboring dioceses met here to form a special unit of the Conference of Religious of India.  The unit was inaugurated February 27 at Loreto House here by Coadjutor Archbishop Angels Fernandes of Delhi. The Conference of Religious of India, of which the Calcutta unit is a specialized branch, was founded in 1960 to promote greater union and coordination among religious societies and congregations in India. it it it PRIEST LEADS RECLAMATION PROJECT-.Cheju Island, Korea, March 12 (NC) -- Americans and Germans are helping an Irish priest to reclaim 20,000 acres of land for 800 farmers on this island. Rev. Patrick J. McGllnchey, $.$.C., a Columbia missioner from County Donegal, Ireland, started the Isidorv Develop- meat Association to reclaim arable land and train farmers in the Hallim area of Cheju Island, $0 miles off Korea's southern coast. The association is named after St. Isidore, a 12th century Spanish saint who was made the patron of farmers. it it it BIBLES FOR SERVlCEMEN--Trivandrum, India, March 13 (NC) -- A priest who translated the New Testament into Malayalam -- the language of southern India -- has given 100 copies of the Malayalam New Testament for distribution among servicemen on India's northern frontier. Father Cyr[ac K. Mattam gave the books to Archbishop Gregorios B. Thangalathil of the Syro-Malankara Rite Archdio- gse of TrivaMrum who has been receiving requests for them from young men stationed at the frontier. it it STOP JAMMING VATICAN RADIO--Vienna, March 12 0NC) --to_ the surprise of Austrians, Communist jamming of Vatican Radio has stopped. This practice, aimed to halt reception of the Vatican station throughout Eastern Euro!, had made it less to attempt to receive the station's broadcast hare, except for the nightly recitation of the Rosary, which was mot jammed. 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Citizen To Be Declared 'Blessed': Her Life Exemplified' Triumph Of Charity' (N.C.W#C, NEWS SERVICE) Mother Elizabeth Bay- IcY Seton, the first native U.S. citizen to be de- clared Blessed, squeezed into her relatively short life of 47 ydars successful careers as a wife, mother, ed- ucator, Religious and foundress of a religious community. The foundress of the Sisters of Charity in this country, who is being beatified in Vatican City March 17, was the mother of five children and is respon- sible for establishing the first free Catholic school in the U.S. The key to the outstanding life of this convert to Catholic- ism was her love for others. "The triumph of charity is the great poem of Elizabeth Seton," said His Holiness Pope John XXIII at the ceremony in December, 1959, at which Mother S t o n was declared Venerable. Born In New York City Elizabeth Ann Bayley-was born in New York City, August 28, 1774, the year of the first Continental C o n g r e s s. Her father, Dr. Richard Bayley, was a distinguished physician and surgeon. Her mother, Catherine Charlton, was the daughter of Mary BayetLX and R ev. Richard Charlton, an Episcopalian minister. Elizabeth was educated at a private school in New York and took a prominent part in the social life of the day. But she did not neglect her spirit- ual development. Throughout her life, as a Protestant and as a Catholic, the Bible was a comfort and joy to her. Later she relied on it often in her conferences with her Sisters in religion. In 1794, at age 19, Elizabeth married William Scion, son of a wealthy merchant with ship- ping interests. Three girls and two boys were born to the couple, and their home life was h/ieties'-" and sufferings soon afflicted them, however. Will. iam Seton became ill, and his business firm failed. In these adverse circumstances, Eliza. beth became the support and comforter of her husband and the self.sacrificing provider for her children. William Seton's illness, tuber. culosis, became worse, and doctors recommended that ha take a sea voyage. Accomp- anied by their oldest *child, Anna Maria, the Setons set out in October, 1803, for Leghorn, Italy, wthere some business friends, the Antonio Filicchis, had invited them. Throughout h r husband's illness, Elizabeth stayed close to him and gave him spiritual consolation. In a journal she kept for her daughter, Rebecca, there is the following entry for November 24, 1803: Consoled Husband Spiritually "How often I tell my Will- iam: When you awake in that world, you will find that noth- ing could tempt you to return to this. You will see that your care over your, wife and little ones was like a hand only, to hold the cup which God Him- self willgive if He takes you . . William Seton died December 27, 1803, and the Filicchi fam- ily brought the young widow and her child to their home. In the midst of this devout family, Mrs. Seton saw for the first time the Catholic religion lived and practiced. The urgency of her desire to believe in Catholicism is re- counted in a sentence she put down in her journal in early 1804: "The other day, in a moment of excessive distress, I fell on my knees without thinking when the Blessed Sacrament passed by (in the street), and cried in an agony to God to bless me, if He was there-- that my whole soul desired only Him. Elizabeth Seton was 29 years old when she returned to America in April, 1804. She had no financial means, no pre- paration for earning a living, and five children to support, the eldest eight years old. Converted To Catholicism In addition, her announce- ment that she was thinking of becoming a Catholic caused a shock in the genteel society of the New York of 1804, where the unofficial "state religion" was Episcopalianism. But Eliz- Mother Seton 'Returns' to Italy, Cradle of Her Conversion WITH HER BEATIFICATION, March 17, Mother Elizabeth Bayley Seton, foundress of the American Sisters of Charity, in a sense returns to Italy where she first found the faith. The first native U.S. citizen to be de- clared Blessed, she was a widow and the mother of five children when she embarked on her religious vocation. Married to William Seton at age 19, she accompanied her husband to Italy for reasons of health. He died in 1803 in Piss and is buried in Leghorn, Italy. The home of Antonio Filicchi in Leghorn (left photo) where Mrs. Seton stayed is now a Catholic school for girls. Following her husband's death she saw the Catholic religion lived and practiced in the midst of the devout Filicchi family. In 1805, after her Postulators Get Pontiff's Blessing HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN XXIII congratulates Rev. Nicholas B. Ferrante, C.SS.R,, (right) postulator of the cause of Mother Elizabeth Seton, Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann and Father Luigi Bisoglio, C. M. At Left is Archbishop Eurico Dante, secre- tary of the Sacred Congregation of Rites. Mother Scton will be beatified March 17 and Bishop Neumann's beatification is tentatively set for June 23. schools at Emmitsburg, an academy for girls and a tuition free school that was the fore- runner of the Catholic paro- chial school system in the U.S. The early days of the com- munity were marked by pov- erty, hardship and long hours of work. In addition, two of Mother Seton's daughters died. But throughout the years of trial, her courage and patience were sustained by her faith and her love of God. Formal ratification of the rules and constitutions of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph's took place January 17, 1812. On January I, 1821, three days before her death at Emmitsburg, Mother Seton said to a nun who requested that she drink, her medicine: "Never mind the drink. One Communion more--and then Eternity." And she kept the fast for the sake of her last abeth Seton never wavered, and March 14, 1805, she was received into the Faith by Rev. Matthew O'Brien in St. Peter's church, New York. In the meantime she had secured employment in school work, and with her small in- come and the help of a few friends and relatives she man- aged to keep a home for her children. In June, 1808, as the result of the outcome of a plan sug- gested by Father (later Arch- bishop) Louis Dubourg, Eliza- beth Seton and her children went to Baltimore, where she opened an academy for girls. Several young women soon joined in her project. Entered Religious Life Archbishop J o h n Carroll, first Bishop and Archbishop of Baltimore, gave approval to Mrs. Son to consecrate her- self to God in religious life, and March 25, 1809, she pro- nounced her vows. On June 2, 1809, she and her four compan- ions appeared for the first time in public in their conventual habit. With the expansion of its work, the group moved to Emmitsburg. Md., where the foundation of the Sisters of Charity in America began in its organized f o r m. Elizabeth Seton came to be referred to as Mother Seton. There was some question at first about harmonizing Mother Son's duties as a mother of five children and as head of the community. Under a spec- ial arrangement, she was per, matted to continue with the care of her children. Opened Two Schools Mother Seton opened two Miraculously Cv red Teenager Off To Rome For Beatification Rites BALTIMORE, March 13 (NC),-An excited teen-age girl has left here for Rome and what she calls "my first real big trip." She is Ann Teresa O'Neill who will be not just another tourist, but a central figure at the beatification of Mother Elizabeth Seton because she is a principal reason that the Sister will be the first native U.S. citizen dec]ared Blessed. Eleven years ago, when Ann was four-and-one-half, she was dying of leukemia. Physicians told her parents that her case was hopeless, This week Ann and her mother packed their bags, ex- changed good-byes with Mr. O'Neill and the four children staying behind in the subur- ban Catonsville home sad flew to Europe. Ann is already known in the Vatican because her complete recovery has been accepted by the Holy See as a miracle re- sulting from the intercession by Mother Seton. It is one of the two miracles approved for Mother Seton's beatification. Things are much different for the O'Neills now from the Easter Sunday in 1952 when the parents knelt in the semi- darkness of the chapel in St. Agnes Hospital and begged return to New York, she was baptized in St. Peter's Church, New York. Moving to Baltimore in 1808, she opened an academy for girls, attracting several young women who later became the nucleus of her sisterhood. After her profession of vows, her group moved to Emmitsburg, Md., where she set up two schools, an academy for girls and a free school cited as the fore- runner of the Catholic parochial school system in the U. S. The Stone House shown above (upper right) was the first residence of Mother Seton and her Sisters at St. Joseph's, Emmitsburg. Classroom at lower left is a replica of one of the original classrooms in the White House, main building of St. Joseph's College. Mother Seton died on January 4, 1821. (NC PhotoD Communion on earth. She died January 4, 1821. Above the spot that com- memorates her death there is an inscription that includes the following sentence: "She died in poverty, but rich in faith and good works." How successful her efforts were is attested by the fact that today there are more than 10,000 Sisters of Charity in six branch communities stemming from the Emmitsburg founda- tion. The work of the Sisters extends into many areas, in- cluding nursing, child care, ed- ucation, hospital work, care of the aged and missionary ac- tivities. Declared Venerable In 1959 Mother Seton was declared Venerable at a ceremony in Vatican City December 18, 1959. In an address for the oc- casion, Pope John XXIII said that Elizabeth Seton proposes "by the outline of her life the theme of evangelical charity." He also said: "As a devoted and faithful wife, as a wise educator of her children, as a atient manager of her house- old tasks in prosperity and adversity, she already appear- ed in an admirable, growing light. But when the burning dart of charity touched her heart more deeply, then she knew no other measure than the perfect imitation of Him who out of love for us became Man and died on the Cross." Miracles Approved In February, 1963, the Sacred Congregation of Rites issued a decree approving the authenti- city of two miracles worked through the intercession of Mother Setoo. The miracles were the heal- ing of Sister Gertrude Korzen- dorfer of New Orleans of a cancer of the pancreas Feb- ruary I. 1935. and the curing of Ann Teresa O'Neill of Balti- more of acute lymphatic leu- kemia in April, 1052. The decree concerning Mother Seton said that she "found her delight in provid- ing for the needy and caring for the sick." following the example of charity set by Christ. It added that "in this ex- ercise of charity.., the widow Seton applied herself with all her might and moreover en- trusted it to the religious fam- ily she founded." Beatification Broadcast To U.S. VATICAN CITY, March 9 (Re. die, NC). -- Vatican Radio is broadcasting part of the beat- ification ceremonies of Mother Seton, first native-born U.S. citizen declared Blessed, by shortwave to the United States. The broadcast, on 19.84 and 16.82 megacycles, starts at 5:30 p.m. Rome time (8:30 a.m. P.S.T.). The ceremony is the formal public veneration of the relics of Mother Elizabeth Bay- ley Seton by His Holiness Pope John XXIII. Archbishop Enrico Dante, Pa- pal Master of Ceremonies, is- sued (Mar. 9) the "intimatfo" or formal notice of the beatifi- cation ceremony. You'U Be Glad Too- When You Buy Delicious SUNNY JIM AT ALL BETTER GROCERY STORES o Which wine 1 with dinner? i Mother Seton's intercession for their daughter. Since public announcement of Ann's miracle, the telephone at the O'Neill house "rings all the time," according to Mrs. O'Neill. Sister Mary Alice. whowill !0000[tg00Iti00illll00m[ ItS accompany the O'Nellls on the trip, was supervisor of the children's ward at St. Agnes in i tells you/ 1952. It was she who suggested the parents pray for Mother Seton's intercession. .,,u,. .n .,r. , ..T ,z v,.v,.s ,, ,,.