Religion: The Flying Friars

On a tour last April through his Communist-riddled archdiocese of "Red" Emilia—a place where village churches are all but deserted and the dead are marched to the cemeteries behind the Red flag—Bologna's Giacomo Cardinal Lercaro came upon a rarely heartening scene. In the piazza of Casaglia, a town near Bologna, a young Franciscan friar was haranguing a sizable crowd through a public-address system. The message he had for his workingman audience: Communism will fail because it betrays the worker.

Cardinal Lercaro. a hustling controversialist himself (TIME, March 30), called in the friar. Father...

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