Items of Interest

That The Mother Church is a world-wide movement, as it is often designated, is shown by the fact that among the new members admitted to The Mother Church at the last admission in May, there were, outside of applicants admitted from the United States, Canada, Newfoundland, Canal Zone, Cuba, Mexico, and the West Indies, applicants also from South America, Hawaii and the Philippine Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Straits Settlements, India, Dutch East Indies, Egypt, South Africa, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Jugoslavia, Germany, Austria, Finland, France, Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Ireland,—including the Isle of Man and the Channel Isles,—Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

In answer to questions raised whether Mrs. Eddy had in mind The Christian Science Monitor when, many years before she established it, she referred to the necessity of publishing a newspaper, The Christian Science Board of Directors has made the following reply:

We do not feel that it is necessary for this Board to make a pronouncement as to whether Mrs. Eddy did or did not refer to The Christian Science Monitor or The Christian Science Journal when making her statement in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 4), "A newspaper edited and published by Christian Scientists has become a necessity." Mrs. Eddy undoubtedly was thinking along the lines which led first to The Christian Science Journal, a periodical which originally contained a variety of interesting matter, including some news of the day, but which later developed into a purely religious organ, and later to the Christian Science Sentinel, which for a number of years contained news items on its inside front cover, and still later to The Christian Science Monitor, which is mainly a daily newspaper, and which at her suggestion contains in each issue one article on Christian Science. We do not know that Mrs. Eddy, in 1883, when she made her statement, had in mind the paper which ultimately evolved as The Christian Science Monitor, but it is evident that she then foresaw a need for cleaner, better newspapers and periodicals.

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