August 2, 2013

What was in the news on August 2, 1963?

An African Cardinal to celebrate Mass in Indianapolis and talk of a third council session

Criterion logo from the 1960sBy Brandon A. Evans

This week, we continue to examine what was going on in the Church and the world 50 years ago as seen through the pages of The Criterion.

Here are some of the items found in the August 2, 1963, issue of The Criterion:

  • Africa’s Cardinal Rugambwa to celebrate outdoor Mass: Bp. Sheen to preach at convention rite
    • “AN estimated 10,000 persons are expected to attend an outdoor Field Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Laurian Rugambwa, the Church’s first Negro cardinal, on Sunday, Aug. 4, at St. Rita’s Church, 19th and Martindale Ave., Indianapolis. The Cardinal’s Mass will be the highpoint of his eight-day visit to Indianapolis, which began this past Wednesday afternoon. He is here to attend the 48th National Convention of the Knights of St. Peter Claver, a Catholic fraternal organization. Auxiliary Bishop Fulton J. Sheen of New York, National Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, will deliver the sermon during Sunday’s Mass, scheduled on St. Rita’s lawn at 4 p.m.”
  • Third session of council seen possibility in 1964
    • “ROMEAs the torrid summer heat descends upon Rome, an immense amount of preparatory work still remains to be done for the second session of the Vatican Council which reconvenes on September 29. Indeed, so great is the volume of work involved, that one hears talk of another council session in October, 1964. After the close of the first session on December 8, twelve of a projected 17 documents‘schema’on different themes approved by Pope John XXIII were sent to the bishops throughout the world in mid-May for their study and comment. In a personal letter to the bishops on February 2, the Pope had already asked that in each diocese a study group on the themes of the Council be established.”
  • Montreal ‘cautious’ about unity progress
  • Sees improved climate with Orthodox Church
  • High school integration is ordered
  • Montessori: A revolutionary concept in education
  • Behind the agitation: Vietnam Buddhists seek to topple government
  • Sever Pope’s ties with Milan
  • Wishy-washy sermons on race bias rapped
  • Hits charges of AMA head
  • Atheism losing ground in Russia, survey shows
  • Science equipment grant given Marian
  • No drastic changes: Pope gives guidelines for Catholic Actionists
  • ‘Mediocrity’ deplored in Catholic broadcasts
  • Open survey on schools
  • ‘Study day’ planned at Lady of Grace

(Read all of these stories from our August 2, 1963, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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