Religion: A Shepherd Calls

At the World Council of Churches Assembly, no dogmatic problem puzzled the delegates more than how to achieve greater unity among a variety of denominations. Last week, in the sixth encyclical of his reign, Pope John XXIII called on a Christianity surrounded by the forces of Communism and secularism to join together under the fatherhood of the papacy.

Called Aeterna Dei Sapientia (The Eternal Wisdom of God), from its opening words, the new encyclical commemorates the 15th centenary of Pope St. Leo I, the strong-minded Bishop of Rome from 440 to 461 who dissuaded Attila the Hun from sacking the...

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