From Our Vaults 96 Years Ago: December 5, 1923
Every week for the duration of our 100th year, we dig an old issue of The Southern Cross out of our vaults.
Italian friar “Padre Pio” makes news
Considerable interest has centred lately on a stigmatised Capuchin friar of Foggia, Italy. Padre Pio Pietrelcina has been credited with having interceded in miracles. But the Vatican’s Holy Office has declared that insufficient evidence exists to attribute the works of the friar to the supernatural.
Angelus bell stops work
Reporting on his visit to Rietpoort mission near Mariannhill, Fr Leeson found that the “apparent Catholic atmosphere of the whole place [took me] back again to Ireland”. When the Angelus bell rang, the workers in the fields paused to devoutly recite the noon prayer.
Bid to discredit Pope Pius XI
In his Catholic Notebook, Fr C McCarthy bemoans attempts by “what remains of Protestantism” and freemasons to discredit Pope Pius XI as a friend of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Infallibility an old belief
In his editorial, Mgr John Morris writes that “belief in papal infallibility was deeply rooted before the actual definition in 1870, and the same is true of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary”.