Religion: A Priest from Poland

A refugee from Communist Poland recently reached Munich. He was a Roman Catholic priest, 30-odd years old, and he had come to tell West and East, via Radio Free Europe, about the struggle of his church for survival. In Poland, a strongly Catholic country, the Communists have not dared to outlaw religion, but they hope to suffocate it by continual restrictions. The priest's story:

Thugs were hired to beat him, and his congregations were riddled with secret police spies. Most organized parish activities were forbidden. Nonetheless, he felt, persecution had made the church in Poland stronger. "So many times," he noted, "workers...

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