Page 1, 26th April 1963

26th April 1963
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Page 1, 26th April 1963 — SECRET VISIT

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Organisations: Hungarian Government
People: Stella Musulin, John
Locations: VIENNA, Budapest, Rome


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From Stella Musulin

VIENNA, Wednesday HEN really put to it, Cardinals seem to have a talent for secrecy and for sending the hounds of the press haring off in the wrong direction which must make senior politicians pale with envy.

Certainly, no journalist here had any inkling that Cardinal Koenig was over the border and away to Budapest last Thursday morning, driving alone with a chauffeur of the Austrian Legation in Budapest, his own chauffeur having been refused an entry visa.

He drove straight to the American Legation where he spent four hours alone with Cardinal Mindszenty. What they said is completely unknown generally. Probably only two people in Vienna, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Rossi, and the Cardinal himself, know.

A second visit to Budapest is planned for the near future. but it is not known if Cardinal Koenig will see Cardinal Mindszenty again, or whether he will see only Bishop Hamvas of Cszanad. It is noticeable that although last week's visit to Budapest was described origin ally as a visit to Bishop Hamvas during the course of Which a talk with Cardinal Mindszenty would take place, Cardinal Koenig does not on this first visit seem to have seen Bishop llamvas at all.

The complete close-down on news has, as Die Pre vse says, left the field wide open to guesswork. Some reports have it that Cardinal Mindszenty will leave for Rome soon. Others say he has refused to leave his country, insisting on his rehabilitation, and that he is not prepared to renounce his Primacy unless such a move were made conditional on concessions being made by the Hungarian Government which would secure the existence of the Church and its freedom of action.

At present it is believed in Vienna that Cardinal Koenig does not intend to report to Pope John in person though it cannot he ruled nut that Pope John will ask him to do so.

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