Religion: Fire in Milan

Milan, one of Italy's Communist centers, was on fire last week with a Christian blaze. Day and night, well-organized Catholic Action workers staged rallies, Sisters of the Poor passed out leaflets, loudspeaker trucks blared Schubert's Ave Maria, 200 preachers fanned out through 31 hospitals and clinics. In churches and cinemas, banks and jails, men and women gathered to pray.

At the center of the campaign—preaching, teaching, criticizing and applauding 20 hours a day—was Milan's Archbishop Giovanni Battista Montini, 60, who, though he is not yet a cardinal, is frequently mentioned as successor to the present Pope. Said Archbishop Montini to his priests...

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