LIENART, Achille Cardinal (1884-1973)
French cardinal; bishop of Lille. Leading Council Father (progressive) during the Second Vatican Council. Lienart was progressive on social issues,, unions, and a defender of the Worker-Priest Movement. During WWII he initially supported the Vichy regime of General Philippe Petain but was a strong opponent of Nazism.
ALS = Autograph Letter Signed, one page 1949. Written to an unnamed prelate. Reads February 7 Excellency, I desire to have sent to Monsignor Khayatte, rector of the Syrian Church of Rome, 45 Piazza in Campo Marzio, the sum of 100,000 francs for his subsistence. Since Your Excellency mentioned last year that you wanted to make this payment to the account of the Opera di Religione, so that it would be available to Monsignor Khayatte by the care of this organization, I thus send a check enclosed. I beg Your Excellency to receive with my thanks the assurance of my most devoted sentiments. Achille Cardinal Lienart,Bishop of Lille. Handsome example. Usual folds and light toning but, overall, very good.