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Story of ROME TO-DAY

'emeillae FROM PAGE ONE same fever-1p, we think or this mission noW."

When the Holy Father received Genera] Mark Clark in private audience, they talked together for tcn minutes in the Pope's office in the Vatican libraly, after which Pius XII went to another room to meet memleers of the General's party, who included high ranking American, British and French officers. General Clark also visited St. Peter's.


Mr. Peter Fraser, too, New Zealand Premier, on his way home from London, wee presented to the Pope by Sir Francis D'Arcy Osborne, our Minister at the Vatican, and he was asked by the Pope, to convey his blessing to the " very dear people of New Zealand."

Mr. Fraser, who is Owe the first member of any United Nations' Government tu arrive after the fall of Rome and be received at the Vatican, went there with Lieut.-General Sir Bernard Ereybeig, G.O.C. N.Z.. Expeditionary Force. " 1 was impressed by the slightness of the war damage suflered by Rome," he said. "It remains one of the most stately cities in the world."

Mr. Fraser informed the Holy Father of the flourishing mission work in New Zealand of the Marist Fathers. A new bishop has recently been ap pointed for these missions. He also described the activity of the Mantis in charitable works, in all that concerns religion and the helping of the clergy. After his audience, Mr. Fraser visited Cardinal Maglione. He expressed his warmest praise to the Cardinal for the Vatican Radio's message service on be.• half of New Zealand prisoners. Vritican Radio's transmissions, he added, were heard very well.

Other distinguished visitors the Holy Father has received in the last few days included the Prince of Piedmont, who paid filial homage, Marshal Badoglio, and the Polish Ambassador to the lIoly See, Dr, Kazimierz Pape, who obtained from the Pope a special benediction for the Polish nation and for the Polish armies and leaders in Italy. He also received Major Randolph Churchill, who had just arrived from Yugoslavia, Cecil Sprigge, Reuters Special Correspondent in Rome, said that about L400 people were living within the confines C))' the Vatican City, and included 150 Swiss Guards and probably more than 300 Palatine Guards. Vatican dignitaries, he added, had expressed their relief that the chapter of siege conditions was over. He found that despite evident diplomatic activity, the atmosphere at the Vatican was tranquil in comparison with the hectic streets of Rome, where " the Allied troops and Italian partisans in the flag-decked vehicles are giving the city a carnival atmosphere."

"TE DEUMS" EVERYWHERE But the excitement subsided towards the end of the week when preparations were made lot Rome's peat act of thanksgiving for her preservation, in which the whole Catholic world was to

join. To the accompaniment of the clams of her many bells, and as Te Deurns were intoned in hamlet and cathedral wherever English is spoken in both hemispheres, 10,000 Allied troops gathered in and around Rome's church of Santa Maria, in the Piazza Esedra. Colonel the Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, U.S. Chaplain to the Fifth Army, sang the Mass, and his Sub-deacon was Fr, Patrick Tobin, the Senior British Chaplain. Those who attended included General Clark, General Alphonse Juin, Commander of die French Expeditionary Force, and a British Brigadier.

Among the many reports pouring into this office of how the United Nations prayed their Deo Gratias is one of particular interest. " Over 150 British Catholics in Portugal," it reads, " went on Saturday on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima to give thanks for the liberation of Rome and the successful beginning of the invasion?'

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