Religion: The Warm War

Week by week the Soviet satellite states are giving their Roman Catholic priests and nuns fresh insight into the problems of the early Christians.

In Rumania the Communist government decreed last week that all welfare activities by Roman Catholic religious orders must cease by Aug. 15. Monks and nuns engaged in charity and hospital work, said the decree, were no longer needed in a solicitous People's Democracy.

Dissolved by this Communist ukase were about 15 Catholic charitable organizations, among them the internationally known nursing sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. The 1,400 nuns and 100 monks affected were given 15 days to make...

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