Page 6, 9th March 1945

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People: Herod, Piguet, Beth Yerah
Locations: Moscow


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News from Abroad Vatican circles have emphatically declared to be

entirely false the recent assertion over Radio Moscow that the Holy See has at its disposal large sums of capital in Argentina. The Soviet broadcast quoted the Protestant in making this allegation. Vatican circles also pointed out that the devaluation of the Italian lira has seriously affected the financial position of the Holy See.

A letter from Mgr. Piguet, Bishop of Clermont-Ferrand, to the Paris Chaplaincy General for Prisoners, gives his address is Dachau Concentration Camp, No. 103,001-26z-135. This is the first news of the Prelate since his deportation by the Nazis last August. Bishop Piguet reports that he is in good health but requests food parcels. He mentions that two Italian priests are his companions in the camp. Seeking traces of an ancient civilisation which flourished ih the third century before Christ, an expedition has begun the evacuation of ruins of the settlement known in the Hebrew Talmud as Beth Yerah, at the point where the River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee.

At one time the settlement was a busy commercial centre, forming a travel link between Egypt and the countries of tha Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Abandoned for a time, it was revived under the Greek name Philoferia during the reign of King Herod.

The expedition hopes to find traces of the ancient civilisation in a locality not far from Crozian, Capharnaum and Bethsaida, against which Our Lord pronounced the woes recorded by St. Matthew and St. Luke. It is also not far from the spot where Our Lord multiplied the loaves and where He gave the Sermon on the Mountain.

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