Religion: Call from a Sickbed

One of the frailest, most tired men in the world last week was Pope Pius XII, ailing for more than a month, unable for most of that time to take solid food. From his sickroom came a 2,200-word papal message on the danger of apathy in a world challenged by Communism.

Priests should particularly ask themselves, the Pontiff wrote, how many of their parishioners are practicing Roman Catholics. "True, all believe more or less after a fashion," he went on. "Very many have been baptized and have made their first Communion also; they have been married in the Church and they want...

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