PRESIDENT MEDICI of Brazil is sending a special envoy to the Vatican in an effort to explain charges that political prisoners, including priests and nuns, have been tortured in Brazil. He is also expected to try to discuss Church-State relations.
The President decided to send his envoy, Col. Manso Neto, to the Vatican after Brazil's Ambassador to the Holy See, Senhor Jose Jobim, spent the last week of March in the capital. Brasilia, conferring with him and his advisers.
It is believed that President Medici's dcision shows his deep concern to counter the adverse world impression given by the reports of torture and ChurchState friction.