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Page 1, 23rd September 1966 — Vatican seeks thaw with Czechoslovakia

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Vatican seeks thaw with Czechoslovakia

By a Special Correspondent SINCE. Czechoslovakia's Communist government now appears willing not to keep on insisting that it nominate bishops, it is believed the Vatican is prepared to sign an agreement, similar to those concluded with Yugoslavia and Hungary.

The agreement would not be a concordat because Czechoslovakia and the Holy See do not have diplomatic relations. Neither would the Holy See have a nuncio in Prague nor Czechoslovakia an ambassador at the Vatican.

What the Church would gain is uncertain, but it is expected it will try to gain concessions concerning schools, priests now under arrest, and, of course, the nominations of new bishops.

It has been reported in Vienna that negotiations between the Holy See and Poland, were called off because of tensions created between the Church and the government during the celebrations of Poland's millennium of Christianity. On Monday night Cardinal Wyszynski, Poland's Primate, described Polish lay authorities as "brutes without culture".

The agreement between Yugoslavia and the Vatican, signed in Belgrade, on June 25, stipulated that official representatives of the two parties were to be exchanged to facilitate the new relationship and included a protocol spelling out other particulars of the pact: the juridical position of the Church, recognition of the Holy See's spiritual jurisdiction over the Church, a guarantee that the bishops could maintain contacts with the Wily See, and a• provision that the two parties would consult on all questions of interest for relations between the two.

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