THE CHANCELLERIES: The Diplomatic Week

Some of the events which made news last week in the world's diplomatic offices:

Three Asterisks. The Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, rebutted Pravda's criticism of Pope Pius XII's Christmas statement of Vatican policy (TIME, Jan. 8). The rebuttal itself was not notable, but its tone was: it departed from L'Osservatore's custom by referring to Marshal Stalin by name and title in an editorial. It called Russia a "great country," and drew a friendly parallel between the Pope's and Stalin's ways of dealing with some matters. The editorial concluded with three asterisks, the signature of L'Osservatore's papally inspired editor, Count Giuseppe Dalla...

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