Religion: The Youngest Cardinal

As the Communists increased their pressure on beleaguered Berlin last week (see FOREIGN NEWS), German Catholics —and Protestants too—rejoiced in Pope John's elevation of Berlin Bishop Julius Doepfner to the rank of cardinal. At 45, Doepfner is the youngest cardinal by eight years. Early advancement is nothing new for square-jawed Julius Doepfner. who looks like Dick Nixon with rimless glasses. When he became Bishop of Würzburg at 35, he was the youngest bishop in Europe; he is still the youngest in Germany.

The son of a small farmer in Franconia, Julius Doepfner early earned a reputation as a godly activist—as likely to...

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