Religion: The Vatican & Japan

Japan's plan to establish diplomatic relations with the Vatican drew a second and sharper protest from the U.S. State Department to the Holy See last week. Similar representations have been made independently by Great Britain. Both powers urged that the Vatican's assent to such an Embassy at this time might be construed as an acceptance of Japan's recent actions.

Japan has never been represented at the Vatican. But its recent conquests have swelled the number of Catholics in its territory from a few hundred thousand to some 20,000,000 (largest group: the 13,000,000 Catholics of the Philippines), give Japan a good surface reason...

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