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`Delicate problem'

From Our Own Correspondent ROME, Wednesday VATICAN circles limit themselves, in commenting on what they call the " Mindszenty case ", to saying that it is "an extremely delicate problem" which, they hope, "can be solved for the best".

Both the Vatican Press Office and Vatican Radio published a terse statement saying: "In Vatican circles an absolute reserve is maintained regarding the mission which Cardinal Koenig has carried out in Budapest in regard to Cardinal Mindszenty.

"Within the same circles in particular, no basis has been found for the news published by some Italian papers regarding the Primate of Hungary's possible arrival in Rome within a short time."

Rome Service, the unofficial news agency, said that "from the secrecy and caution with which Cardinal Koenig's mission is surrounded, one may deduce that future steps in the development of relations between the Holy See and the Soviet bloc countries may be influenced by the success or failure of the misSiOn". Some commentators here say that if Cardinal Mindszenty does leave Hungary he will do so unexpectedly when the world's attention is directed elsewhere.

Rome Service also says: "Ile (Cardinal Mindszenty) cannot, after all, put off for ever the satisfaction of the Pope's 'desire' as expressed by Cardinal Koenig. In refusing, he would be taking a stand in contrast with the aims of the present Pontiff, those of universal pacification. 1 le would gradually become isolated and. as the years went by, with possible progress for the new atmosphere of detente on the political and religious plane, he would end up by becoming a 'rebel'. out of touch with the actual situation".

Other reports circulating here suggest that Cardinal Mindszenty has agreed to leave Hungary if certain conditions are fulfilled. The main ones are: 1. Agreement on his successor as Primate of Hungary; 2. A Government guarantee to respect religion and permit its free exercise.

3. Definition of Church State relations in the nomination of bishops, freedom of priests and other issues.

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