Religion: North of the Parallel

The Vatican daily, L'Osservatore Romano, rejoiced last week at the ending of bloodshed in Indo-China. "Nevertheless, for Catholics," it added, "there remain grave and alarming fears for the future of their brethren in creed who now have passed under a regime inspired and guided by Communism."

These brethren are no mere scattering of missionary settlements. Among the Indo-Chinese in the area north of the 17th parallel which the French have ceded to Communist control (see FOREIGN NEWS) are at least a million and a half Roman Catholics.

Indo-China has a thousand-odd churches, some of them converted Buddhist temples (see cut). It is divided...

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