Protestants: Getting Ahead in Italy

The Pope was not invited to the ecumenical council being held in Rome last week. At the Eliseo Theater, H miles from St. Peter's, delegates from eight tiny but prosperous Italian Protestant denominations met for their first congress since 1920. Theme of the meeting: how Italian Protestants can match the aggiornamento of the Vatican Council.

With only 200,000 members in a traditional stronghold of Roman Catholicism, Italy's Protestants have had a long and painful struggle to gain the right to worship freely. Until 1848, the 35,000 Waldensians—descendants of a breakaway Catholic sect...

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