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ZOG-APPOINYI MARRIAGE VATICAN STATEMENT

Albanian Coastitution does not Bar Catholic Queen

The Vatican has made it plain that a dispensation is required before Countess Geraldine Apponyi, as a Catholic, can marry King Zog of Albania.

Such a dispensation has not yet been granted.

On the other hand the Albanian Legation in London has informed the Catholic Herald that there is no official state religion in Albania, Mohammedanism has no special rights and privileges.

There is nothing in the Albanian constitution to prevent the Queen being a Catholic and the children being brought up as Catholics.

King Zog has so far not signed the solemn guarantees, which is the necessary preliminary to the obtaining by the Countess Geraldine Apponyi of a Papal dispensation to marry him.

The Osservatore Romano, semi-official organ of the Vatican, has printed a long article in which the conditions for mixed marriages are clearly laid down. " These," it says, " are the same for Sovereigns as for ordinary believers."

The statement denies the newspaper report that negotiations with the Holy See with regard to the Zog-Apponyi marriage —were concluded.




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