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Cardinal Bourne Denies Reports of Political Mission in Palestine

March 8, 1924
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Cardinal Francis Bourne, Archbishop of Westminister, who arrived in Jerusalen early in the week at the head of a pilgrimage of over 900 British Catholics, has no political mission in Palestine, despite previous reports to this effect, he informed a representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here today.

The Pope, Cardinal Bourne stated, agreed to the British Mandate over Palestine believing that Britash will carry out that Mandate with fairness to all elements in Palestine and that he regards the situation in Palestine as greatly improved since 1919. The Cardinal expressed the belief that an Arab-Jewish agreement on the basis of the Mandate and the right of the Jews to establish a National Home in Palestine is quite possible if everyone concerned will be reasonable and if the extreme Ziomists do not obtain dominance.

Cardinal Bourne denied the resignation of Barlassina, Catholic prelate in Palestine, who it was reported would be recalled in the Spring at the insistence of native Catholics who are desirous of having the Pope replace Barlassina with a native prelate.

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