ITALY-PAPAL STATE: Pontiff's Week

¶ Through his local bishops Pope Pius XI placed under interdict (cut off from rites of Mother Church) the towns of Afragola, Nicartro and Mirabella last week. Well these townsmen knew that Il Duce had closed Catholic clubs throughout Italy (TIME, June 8) and that Il Papa had forbidden religious processions as a protest gesture. But Duce or no Duce, Papa or no Papa, the townsmen paraded their saints.

Worst offender against Pius XI was Afragola (population 50,000). A mob of 5,000 rushed the local monastery, demanded the wooden statue of St. Anthony...

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