Catholics united on Defense Day. American prelates designated religious observances, wrote pastoral letters. Perhaps the most eloquent was that of the former Catholic Chaplain-General:

"Reverend and Dear Father—In willing compliance with the official proclamations of the President of the U. S. and the Governor of the State of New York, fixing Friday, Sept. 12, as Defense Test Day, I herewith direct that special services be held in all the churches of this diocese on that day for the safety of the Republic, in the abiding...

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