Religion: Dibelius in Rome

Pope Pius XII granted one audience last week that was not listed in Osservatore Romano, and from which the Vatican's photographer was barred. The visitor was Germany's leading Protestant prelate, stern, spike-bearded Bishop Otto Dibelius of the Evangelical Church.

What the Bishop of Rome and the Bishop of Berlin said to each other during their 15 minutes together is an official secret. But German Protestant circles in Rome had it that twice Dibelius raised the subject of Roman Catholic participation in the World Council of Churches, and twice the Pope replied firmly that Rome could not collaborate religiously with any group that...

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