Religion: The Bishop's Soldiers

Across Indo-China's 17th parallel — the truce line set at Geneva—moved the long, weary procession of refugees from the Communist North. In the South they were received on farms or in improvised tent cities which the U.S. helped supply; most of them will eventually be assigned new land. Among these anti-Communist refugees were 10,000 soldiers of a special type. They looked no different from the other Vietnamese peasants, but they were the remnants of one of the last real church armies in the world: the fighting Catholics of Tonkin, led by round, shrewd Bishop Thaddeus Le Huu Tu.

As they waited in...

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