Religion: Rome-Moscow Truce?

For the first time, the Moscow radio had a good word to say about the Catholic Church: its Italian priests deserved praise for their "patriotic and democratic activity ... to save the world from a new catastrophe." Not to be outdone, Rome nodded approvingly at Soviet notions of morality: "The Vatican," reported Rome's Tribuna del Popolo, "has not hidden its pleasure over the fact that Soviet films present a standard of morality much higher than films of other nations. . . . This is among consoling indications . . . that the Church may soon resume its spiritual activity in Russia."


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