YUGOSLAVIA: Orthodox Ragout

Bearded priests and bishops, wearing the ornate robes of the Orthodox Church, shuffled down the steps of Belgrade's Cathedral one night last week. They had just prayed for the health of the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch, His Holiness Varnava, slowly sinking from an attack of blood poisoning. Some angry Serbs muttered it was "political poisoning."

Real purpose of the service was to protest against the Government's intention to ratify a Concordat with the Vatican, placing the Catholic Church in Yugoslavia on equality with the entrenched Orthodox Church. The congregation of 5,000, largely women and...

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