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People: S. P. Kenny, Fr
Locations: Paris, LONDON, Rome


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The Primate of Poland, Cardinal Hlond, who is temporarily in Paris, after being released from

German internment by the Allies, has sent ' a telegram to the President of Poland, the Polish Prime Minister and the Minister of Religion and Education, conveying his blessing and warmest feelings. Cardinal Hlond is going to Rome, and after a short stay at the Vatican he intends to come to London on a visit to the President of Poland and the Polish Government.

In a short talk with the newspapermen after 'his arrival in Paris, Cardinal Hlond said : " Before being deported to Germany I had for two months been held a 'prisoner by' the Gestapo in a flat in Paris whence I was taken direct to Wiedenbrook. The convent nuns treated me very well. I will not speak of other matters. The past must be forgotten. To-day we ,have more important things before us—the common fight for a just cause; in this perstaeeLive personal experiences are but trifles."

When expressing gratitude for his release and for the hospitality of the American military authorities with whom he had spent the last week, the Cardinal stated that the Germans had

left Wicdenbrook in the night of Holy Saturday.

The first American whom Cardinal Hlond saw was the Passionist army chaplain, Fr. S. P. Kenny, who came to the monastery early on Easter Sunday to inform him of his release.

"That was a happy moment," interjectedathe Cardinal. Before leaving the airfield the Cardinal blessed the assembled newspapermen, particularly those of the American Catholic press.

FRENCH BISHOPS' GREETINGS The Assembly of the Cardinals and Archbishops of France has issued the following address to the Polish Episcopate: " The Assembly „of Cardinals and Archbishops of France pays to the Polish Episcopate a tribute of the profoundest appreciation and respect for the struggle maintained for a long time in defence of religion and Church in spite of the most cruel persecution.

" The Assembly tit Cardinals and Archbishops of France sends to the Polish Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops the fraternal good wishes of the French Episcopate for the re-birth of their heroic fatherland., the fortress of the Church and of Christian civilisation."

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