RUSSIA: On the Red Arrow

Small, twinkle-eyed George Antonio Laberge of Rhode Island is the only American Roman Catholic priest in Moscow.* In a country where the ruling party requires its members to be militantly atheistic, any man who wears a Roman collar sometimes has to fend attacks on his clerical dignity.

Recently on the Red Arrow, night train from Leningrad to Moscow, Father Laberge was assigned a bed in a four-berth compartment with three women. Such scrambled bookings are not unusual on Russian trains, but these women were no ordinary travelers. They were party members on their way to a party powwow, and the...

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