Front Our Own Correspondent
THE EXACT NATURE OF THE CONVERSATIONS WHICH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HOLY SEE HELD RECENTLY WITH VARIOUS STATESMEN IN EUROPE IS STILL OFFICIALLY UNDISCLOSED.
The recent audience accorded by the Pope to Mgr. Borgoncini Duca, Apostolic Nuncio for Italy, again started many rumours, but as yet nothing has appeared on the situa tion in the Osservatore Romano. The Eco di Bergamo, the Catholic daily, remarks that " it is to he noticed how anxiously the Catholi and also the non-Catholic people are looking to the chair of Peter as the one and highest authority from which an impartial word on peace can be expected.
The same paper reports Mr Sorensen's question to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, and Mr Butler's reply, and then makes its own comment:
" We can draw the following conclusions from this episode: it is confirmed that the Holy See hag been exploring the way for bringing about reconciliation in Europe; the sovereign impartiality and the very apostolic nature of this providential intervention; the respect and the good-will of the governments concerned; the possibility of further providential developments."
This was the only comment on the Papal peace moves to appear in the Catholic Press.
Of the Italian secular papers, the Regime Thalia, in a leading article, criticises the French Catholic daily, L'Aube, for being pro-Bolshevik, an again suggests that it was France who frustrated the Vatican's peace moves.
Meanwhile, it is believed in Vatican circles that the Pope is still working for peace through diplomatic channels.