Religion: Who Strikes at the Pope

Fascist Italy's minute minority of 48,000 Jews were fearful last month that their luck might be running out (TIME, July 18). Last week they learned officially that it was running out indeed. On the heels of a manifesto drawn up by ten Fascist savants, declaring that Italians are "Aryan, Nordic and heroic" and that "Jews do not belong to the Italian race," came announcement from Fascist Party Secretary Achille Starace that the Government had prepared a series of laws to "defend the race against all contamination."

Until last fortnight only the semi-official Papal newspaper, Osservatore Romano, had dealt with Italy's burgeoning racism....

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