Page 1, 18th September 1964

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Page 1, 18th September 1964 — Passport denied to Mgr. Beran

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Catholic Herald Correspondent VATICAN CITY

ARCHBISHOP BERAN of Prague has been refused permission to go to the Council by the Communist Czech government.

Four Polish 'bishops are still awaiting passports to leavethe country, but two Chinese priests will be sending Council reports back to the Far East.

Archbishop Reran told a BUP reporter on the phone this week: "I am sure they (the Czech authorities) will allow me to leave sometime later on. Although I don't know anything about the negotiations now going on between the government here and the Church, I know that they are taking place."

Mgr. Reran is 76. He is confined by the Czech authorities to a home for retired priests .in a remote part of Bohemia, and is still not allowed to exercise his pastoral functions.

Cardinal Wyszynski and 24 other Polish bishops have reached the Council, but four are still awaiting passports to enable them to leave Poland.

Two Chinese secular priests, selected by the Chinese episcopal conference, will run a Chinese language section at the Vatican Council's press office during the third session. They are Fr. Ambrose Ly, 65, of Peking, a radio and newspaper veteran, and former university professor; and namesake Fr. John Ly. 43, from North China who has been working in the United States.

This is the first time a Chinese section has operated at the press office, and the reports, handwritten because Chinese script typewriters are not available, will be sent to the Catholic Centre in Hong Kong for circulation in China, the Far East and America.

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