ITALY: Good Catholics

In the dusty, sun-drenched squares of Rome last week newsvendors brandished copies of the Papal daily Osservatore Romano, shrieked "Pope's open letter! Pope's open letter!"

For perhaps ten minutes L'Osservatore sold as fast as sellers could make change. Then Fascist police pounced. Bewildered, feebly -protesting newsvendors were marched off to face Fascist judges, sentenced uniformly to six days in jail. "If you sell L'Osservatore Romano hereafter," the culprits were sternly warned, "you must do so without announcing its contents."

The Papal letter which made L'Osservatore a best seller was addressed to...

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