Religion: My Heart Stood Still

Protestants and Catholics seem as far from reunion as ever. Joint worship is still expressly forbidden by the Church of Rome.* Yet there are times and places in mid-20th Century when the instinct for unity is stronger than the ban. In last fortnight's issue of the Roman Catholic Commonweal, Father Hans A. Reinhold cited recent instances. Outstanding was the report of a young priest among war prisoners in the Soviet Urals:

"My Easter [1947] High Mass was the most gripping and solemn service I ever experienced. Sixty Lutheran P.O.W.s from the Bible belt near Bielefeld, Germany, approached me on Holy Saturday night...

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