Religion: Widows & Weeds

During a typically crowded and varied schedule at Castel Gandolfo (including messages to 600 French railroad workers, to a leathermakers' congress, to an international youth meeting), Pope Pius XII called for austerity on two notable counts :

¶ Addressing a congress on family problems, he reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's longstanding position that while second marriages by widows are not wrong, it is preferable that widows do not marry.* Said the Pope (who made no reference to widowers): The church has "a special predilection for the widows who remain faithful to their husbands...

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