INTERNATIONAL: Christmas Truce?

Pope Pius XII last week discharged a Christian duty apropos of Christmas. In Vatican City courtiers close to the Apostolic Throne remarked sadly that there has been fighting on the last six Christmas Days — in Ethiopia, Spain and Europe, not to mention the Far East.* But the Pope did not send a circular telegram to Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill and other heads of warring States. He issued a motu proprio or letter of instruction to Roman Catholic Bishops.

The motu proprio of the Supreme Pontiff permitted, for the first time in the...

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