Page 1, 23rd June 1944

23rd June 1944
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Page 1, 23rd June 1944 — JAP ENVOY AT VATICAN Jeeps Escort Him

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Organisations: Budapest Government
Locations: Rome


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Three American jeeps escort the Japanese envoy to the Vatican on his daily journeys to and from the Vatican. He resides in the city of Rome pending the vacation of the U.S. Legation within the Vatican, when he and his staff will move in. Other foreign diplomats accredited to the Holy See, ,vho are also moving into the confines of the Vatican, are the German, the Hungarian, and the Rumanian: they have so far also resided outside Vatican boundaries.

Reuters correspondent in Rome reports, however, that the Hungarian envoy, Baron Apor, refuses to recognise the present Budapest Government, and that he and his staff propose to remain in Rome. His ecclesiastical counsellor will provisionally take over the Hungarian representation at the Vatican.

Several thousands or refugees who have been sheltering in the papal palace at Castel Gandolfo, the majority of them Jews, have now left after expressing their gratitude to the Pope through the Master of Ceremonies. Among the refugees at the palace there were a number of people of varying political persuasions who feared the regime in force prior to the Allied occupation.

They have also left. It is now .confirmed that the papal palace ha suflered no damage in the fighting, hut that the town and surrounding villages are destroyed.

On Wednesday the Pope remised Mr. Myron Taylor, President Roosevelt's persona] envoy to the Vatican, on his arrival in Rome.

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