THE NATIONS: A Use for Calumny?

The world's biggest state and one of its smallest were last week busy with recrimination. To a series of charges in the Russian press that the Pope was pro-Hitler, antidemocratic, and trying to save the Germans from their just deserts, the Vatican had replied only unofficially, through the Catholic press. Finally came a Russian crack which was too much for Pius XII (ailing with laryngitis) and his Under Secretary of State, Monsignor Giovanni B. Montini. On their behalf. Osservatore Romano published an extraordinary, official protest:

"The Moscow radio in the Italian language affirmed...

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