Held prisoner at Mariampol by the Germans, liberated last year by thc Red Army. the Archbishop of Vilna, Mgr. Jalbrzykowski, has now been deported from his archdiocese by the Soviet authorities
This news comes from Warsaw Radio which reports that Mgr. Jalbrzykowski was one of the band of forty-six " transferred Poles " recently delivered
from Eastern to .Lublin Poland, The Archbishop blessed the throngs of people waiting to welcome the deportees at Bialystok, frontier station of Yalta Poland.
His arrival is believed to be another sign that the Soviet Government is already at work stamping out every vestige of Catholicism in an area which at the lowest estimate includes 58 per cent of its population as members of the Latin Rite of Catholicism.
With this news comes word-of conflict already between the new Warsaw administration and the Hierarchy of Poland, which has protested against innovations in the marriage law, To what exactly the bishops objected is not clear ; the Warsaw press gives only the Government's side of the controversy. But such innovations in themselves arc significant. Why should the Communists precipitate " reforms " in the marriage law while the pressing and appropriate needs of food, fuel and economic reconstruction remain unattempted and unsolved ?