INTERNATIONAL: The Vatican and the Peace

Pius XII last week used his annual Christmas message to expound the Vatican's views on world politics. This was the first of six wartime Christmases at which Fascist guards have not stood ominously at every entrance of Vatican City. And this time, without giving democracy direct support,* the Pope clearly lined up the Roman Catholic Church with a democratic organization of the postwar world.

Pouring his pontifical periods in precise Italian into the microphone in his library, Pius XII declared: "Beneath the sinister lightning of the war that encompasses them, in the blazing heat of the furnace that imprisons them,...

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