In Italy it was Bless-Them-That-Normally-Revile-You Week.

The Vatican daily Osservatore Romano hailed Stalin's statement that the world wants peace: "[Stalin] affirms that only the flame of peace must be fed. That is Christian. There are those who question" Stalin's motives in making the statement —and "this is less Christian."

Later that day Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian 'Communist Party, said: "We have never done anything and will never do anything against the Catholic religion, which is the religion of the great majority of the Italian people. When'we fought the Germans and Fascists we also fought for the liberty of the...

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