BUDAPEST Radio announced on Wednesday that Cardinal Mindszenty above Primate of Hungary, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1949, has returned to Budapest.
At the same time there were reports that the Cardinal had been asked to lead a government.
Earlier. Budapest Radio had broadcast a statement by the official Hungarian news agency, quoting Dr Ivan Lukacs, head of the National Committee for the district of Retsab, saying that rebel forces had freed the Cardinal from a house in Selsoedeteny-.
Cardinal Mindszenty himself was quoted as saying: "I shall resume the duties that I had to leave eight years ago."
Pope calls for prayer
THEFICiliN Father. vividly recalling the days he himself spent in Budapest, has issued an urgent encyclical letter calling for a world-wide crusade of prayer for the end of the bloodshed and for a peace based on justice, charity and just liberty.
With all his heart the HolyFather gives a special blessing to "all those who in Hungary and in other nations of Eastern Europe find themselves in such difficult conditions and are oppressed by so much calamity."
The Vatican City newspaper, arserratore Rontono, said on Tuesday that the Holy Father's appeal can be properly applied to the "new calamity" of the conflict between Egypt and Israel.
II warned that this conflict may "spark a big flame" and that no one can predict the consequences of a conflict coming at a time when the whole international situation is "red hot".