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People: J. Dito
Locations: London, Rome

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DUTCH PRIEST VISITS POPE

Keywords: His Holiness

Fr. J. Dito has just returned to London from a month's visit to Rome. At the beginning of his stay Fr. Dito discussed with the various Catholic authorities the future of the Radio-Television Apostolate.

Next, on Easter Saturday, His Holiness the Pope received Fr. Dito in private audience. His Holiness referred to the report on famine and terror conditions now existing in occupied Holland, which Fr. Dito had previously sent to His Holiness through the usual offices. The Pope expressed his sympathy for the oppressed people in the Netherlands. His Holiness also recalled the personal telegram which he had sent to the Queen of the Netherlands on the first day of the invasion (May 10, 1940). In this telegram the Pope expressed what he felt in face of this unjust and unprovoked act of aggression against a neutral and unaggressive State. The Pope also referred to the various occasions on which he had expressed sympathy and respect for the Dutch people, who had behaved with dignity and courage during the terrible years of war. The Netherlands, leis Holiness said, could continue to expect his help and support.

In conclusion, the Pope gave Fr. Dito several guiding fines or his work in the International Radio and Television Apostolate. Ills Holiness also approved Fr. Dito's report on the work of the International Catholic Radio and Television Bureau, of which Fr. Dito is chairman.




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