Two Protest Notes to Vatican —" Improving Relations "—Murder of Girl Catechist
Tito's Yugoslav Government sent on January 31 two notes to the Vatican Secretariate of State protesting against the Pope's harbouring of so-called " war criminals " and the Pontifical Aid Commission's facilitating their escape.
Meanwhile, from inside Yugoslavia comes the news that the Croat Premier, Dr. Bakaric, has given a long interview on the " notable progress " made " since last year " in the relations between the Catholic Church and the People's authorities," and from another and more reliable source further authentic details of ruthless persecution, including the murder of a
girl graduate catechist.
On January 31 Tanyug Agency broadcast in English an account of one of the notes despatched. The Vatican, says Reuter, has so far made no official acknowledgment of receipt of the notes, nor any answer. A B.U.P. correspondent was informed in general terms that the Vatican " distinguishes between politically persecuted persons" and war criminals, and that there were no war criminals on Vatican territory. Tito outposts in the Italian Communist Press. took up the charges at once.
The first note said that a " considerable number of Yugoslays who have been proclaimed war criminals by Yugoslav State War Crimes Commission and who are being tracked down by Allied military authorities in Italy in order to hand them oser to Yugo,slasist, left Italy for South America on December 31, with help from the Papal Assistance Commission." It added that the Pontihcial Aid Commission obtained visas for the group and financed their passage ahoard the Italian ship Anuree Gritti.
Ilse note concluded: "The Yugoslav Goveinment expects the Holy See will issue the necessary orders to the effect that the Commission will cease its activity directed against the interests of Yugoslavia and all United Nations."
The second note listed a number of alleged Yugoslav war crimmals whose " guilt has been ascertained both by the Yugoslav authorities and British and Ansel ican authoiities, who are searching for them in Italy," and who are now alleged to be on territory of the Vatican State.
It added: " The Yugoslav Government asks the Holy See to issue the necessary orders so that the mentioned Yugoslav criminals might be immediately arrested and handed over to Yugoslas authorities."
GIRL CATECHIST MURDERED
The following details. further to those already published, of Tito continuing persecution, reached London this week. In the village of Sovski Dol, a young university graduate named Josephine .Nevistie, who had been teaching catechism to the village children, was attacked
Dublin Renews Passport
Because a Pole employed by the Government sent his passport for renewal to the Dublin Consulate. which does not recognise the Beirut Government, he was discharged. Mr. Mayhew, giving this information, said, "Such action is wholly irregular "!