The Rev. Msgr. Henry J. Yannone, 68, promoter of justice and special auditor of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal and archivist of the Archidiocese of Washington, died at George Washington University Hospital Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Msgr. Yannone was stricken July 6 as he was concluding the celebration of the mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral, where he lived.

A native of Avellino, Italy, Msgr. Yannone earned a degree at the College for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome and a degree in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained in Rome.

He came to the United States and in 1936 was named assistant pastor at St. Ann's Church in New York City. From 1941 to 1946, he was pastor of the St. John the Baptist Church in Baltimore. He spent the next two years in New York and then moved to the Washington area.

From 1949 to 1960, he was assistant pastor at the church of St. Teresa of Avila in Washington. From 1960 to 1962 he was assistant pastor of St. Ann's here, and then was named pastor of St. Margaret's in Seat Pleasant from 1967 to 1970, he was pastor of the Holy Family Church in Hillcrest Heights.

He then was named auditor of the Marriage Tribunal and archivist of the Archdiocese of Washington. He was fluent in English, Italian, Latin, French and Spanish. He served as translator for Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle and Cardinal William Baum, archbishops of Washington.

Msgr. Yannone was chaplain to Washington Council No. 224 of the Knights of Columbus and spiritual moderator of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prince George's County.