Religion: Pope's Christmas

On the vigil of the Feast of the Nativity last week, 29 Roman Catholic cardinals gathered in the Vatican's Consistory Hall to tender greetings to His Holiness Pope Pius XI, to hear his reply which would go to the world as a Christmas message next day. Pius XI spoke only of one sorrow—the state of the Church in Germany—in an emotion-choked voice which was not broadcast because the 80-year-old Pontiff's words no longer sound clear over the radio. Said the Pope:

"We wish to call things by their true names. In Germany, in fact, there is religious persecution. . . . Rarely...

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