The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) 28 Apr 1950, Fri Page 5
Moslem Priests Told Not To Princess Fatima PARIS (UP) -- The head of Paris Mosque Wednesday forbade all Moslem priests in the Paris to marry Vincent Lee Hillyer of Los. Banos, Cal., and Princess Fatima of Iran. Fatima announced Tuesday that she and Hillyer would go through a Moslem wedding ceremony at Iranian Legation in Paris. Hillyer said he would renounce Christianity and embrace the Moslem faith before the ceremony. However, Si Khaddour Ben- Ghabrit, head of the Paris said he had ordered all Immams (priests) in the Paris region to refuse to perform the ceremony. "If they want priests to perform the ceremony," he said, "they svill have to import them from elsewhere . . . even though Hillyer w i l l . b e converted to the faith, we do not take his conversion seriously since it is obviously a conversion for the occasion." Hillyer and 'Fatima were not available for comment. They married In a civil ceremony in Rome suburb two weeks ago. Fatima's brother, the Shah of has deprived her of all royal prerogatives, but has indicated would be restored if she and Hillyer go through a Moslem wedding ceremony.