The sensational news from Europe's battlefronts last week threatened to overshadow the emergence of a sensational development in Europe's political setup:

¶ The only effective government of Poland, Lublin's National Committee of Liberation, was preponderantly Communist.

¶ The Marshal of the Yugoslav Army was a Communist.

¶ For the first time in history, Communists held cabinet posts in the governments of France, Italy, Rumania, Greece. They might soon hold similar posts in the governments of Bulgaria. Czechoslovakia, Finland, eastern Germany (after the Nazi defeat).

This fact did not escape the Vatican's seismographic political...

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