THE NATIONS: In the Balance

In the Christian calendar, Palm Sunday is a day on which hope contends with despair. The faithful express their joy in commemoration of Christ's entry into Jerusalem; they remember, in Lenten sorrow, His Crucifixion.

The world, on Palm Sunday 1948, was gripped by the contest between hope and despair. It was symbolized in two cities of faith, Rome and Jerusalem. In Roman churches, amid a fateful battle to save Italy from Communism (see FOREIGN NEWS), priests substituted olive branches for the usual palm branches, to express their hope that peace would prevail....

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