AGAINST a background of lessening tension between Czechoslovakia and the Holy See, Cardinal Beran, Archbishop of Prague, arrives in London on Monday to spend a week as a guest of Cardinal Heenan. On the following Monday he goes to Ireland as a guest of the President and then Cardinal Conway.
The day after his arrival in London there will be a reception in his honour at Westminster and on Wednesday he will concelebrate Mass in the CathedraL Cardinal Beran will also con celebrate on Sunday at a Mass in Farm Street Church spoinsored by Amnesty I n t ernational. After his return from Ireland for three further days with his fellow countrymen i n Britain he will say Mass on October 28, Independence Day of Czechoslovakia, in the French Church in Leicester Place. Next day there rid) CARDINAL BERAN will be an "open day" in Westminster Cathedral Hall.
Just before he leaves, on the Monday, he will be guest of honour at a lunch at the House of Lords given by the Apostolate of Ss. Cyril and Methodius and sponsored by Viscount Boyd of Merton.
• Optimism over the improvement in Church relations with East European governments was expressed by Cardinal Koenig, Archbishop of Vienna, on his return to Vienna from a tour of Czechoslovakia, which he denied was undertaken for the Holy See.