Religion: Pope Meets Communist

For the first time in history, a Pope of the Roman Catholic Church last week received a ranking Soviet leader. The Pope was John XXIII, an intuitive man more concerned with the fate of Catholics back of the Iron Curtain than with scoring political points. The Communist was Izvestia's Editor Aleksei Adzhubei, who can carry a message directly and informally to Khrushchev because he is married to Khrushchev's daughter.

The warming relationship between Rome and Moscow has lately been a sort of Father Alphonse-Comrade Gaston act. Last September the Vatican invited Russian Orthodox...

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