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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD.

'THE POPE’S J^N CYCLICAL. The Pope, in his first Encyclical, save: The spectacle of blood and misery has induced me to hearken re the last words of my holy predecessor and to begin my , ministry by praying Princes and peoples to end this fratricidal war. I pray God that my Pontifical voice of peace may resound Enough the entire world. Regarding condition in which the Church and humanity at largo find them-B-elves to-day. His Holiness says that it is due to the lack of sincere mutual love amongst men, the disrespect for authority, the injustice subsisting in class relations, a.ud the tendency to make material welfare the one aim in life. He will devote his entire pontificate to overcoming these menaces to society, ar.d will issue instructions to bishops and clergy to that- end. "THAT IS GOING ON FOR US." Here are wmc extraordinary glimpses of the administration of the Sacrament on the battlefield: All Saints’ Day. This morning wc managed to get an army chaplain to come in (the French barracks where, we are quartered) at 7.30. and-although we are only a halfbattalion (aiMiut tOO strong), at least 100 must have been present (writes an officer of the H.A.C.). They gave ns a small room, or rather an attic, dirty floor and whitewashed walls, with some beds piled up one end, and only about 20fl square. A very old table was found as an altar, which was covered by a. clean linen cloth, which I- presume war furnished by the padre. ■The place was so crowded, that none could attempt to kneel down during the service, though they crushed, back to allow about six at a time to kneel to receive the Sacrament, which six had then to push through to the back, and so on. The padre even had t.i omit the, words before the Confession, " meekly kneeling upon your knees.” He told us afterwards that he had only expected about 20, a-ncl was very I pleased. Altogether, what with the dirty and muddy khaki uniforms and the crowd and the simplicity of it, it was moat impressive. 1 A similar scene to the foregoing is described by a British officer at the front in a letter that appeared in the ‘Morning Post’:

On -‘Sunday 1 attended JSacra-inent at- 8.50 .1.11:. It was a dramatic scene: the wailing room of a small roadside station, the floor covered with straw and littered with blankets and men’s equipment; a penny-in-the-slot machine, and railway notices on the walls, the altar a box or small table. Two generals and members of their staffs and some motor cyclists knelt in the straw during the service, while the thunder of the guns continued incessantly.

—Am I Dying?— The Archbishop of York, speaking at Hull in reference to the sacrifice which many men were malting an the field of battle, read a letter from one of his own chaplains at the front, giving this vivid picture of the pathos of a soldier dying in a strange land for a. cause, ‘he only dimly understood. Kneeling by a wounded soldier in a little tent lighted by a ea-ndle flickering in the wind, the chaplain was addressed thus ; " Am I dying, sir?” ‘‘Yes, eonny, you are." " -My God 1 Then after a pause) ; Please break it to ray missus. She is

expecting my first baby just now." i The chaplain took np a crucifix I‘iotn bis ■ neck, held it, up. and the soldier raised bis I head, laid it down again, and began to; smile. *' That was the loveliest smile I : ever saw," added the chaplain. There ; was an audible rob as the Archbishop read , the letter to the congregation, adding : ■ "That is going on fur us." He pleaded 1 for earnost prayer, in order that mjr great . nation might be helped to pass this ordeal disciplined, chastened, and purified with a | noble conception of (he duty of Christia.nl citizens and a deeper vision and reverence for God.

Lieutenant Grenfell, writing in the ‘Methodist Recorder,’ says: "In a little yard,.last night, we held our third Sunday evening service of the campaign. Mr Watkins preached hip sermon from the door of the pigsty, inside which a number of young porkers slept.”

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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD., Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD. Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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