Pope Pius XII last week challenged the unholy alliance between Atheist Joseph Stalin and his tame churchman, the Patriarch Alexei of Moscow, head of the Orthodox Church in Russia. The Pope charged that Russia was ruthlessly stamping out Roman Catholicism in Ruthenia, implied that Alexei was Stalin's eager catspaw.

In a 10,000-word encyclical devoted wholly to the situation in Ruthenia, a Czechoslovak province ceded to Russia last June, the Pope asked: "Who doesn't know that Patriarch Alexei, recently elected by the dissident Russian bishops, directed a letter to-the Ruthenian Church, which...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!