Religion: The Churches and Hungary

Churches the world over reacted with shock and indignation to the Soviet Union's merciless crushing of Hungary. In a dramatic broadcast to both sides of the Iron Curtain, Pope Pius XII condemned the "illegal and brutal repression" and declared that Christians have "a moral obligation to try all permissible means in order that the dignity and freedom of the Hungarian people be restored." In one of the strongest statements of his pontificate, his voice trembling with emotion, he urged free people to "close their ranks as fast as possible and link in a solid public pact all those governments and people...

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