YUGOSLAVIA: Aid for the Archbishop

In a Zagreb sports auditorium, brilliantly lit for photographers and 500 spectators, the show trial of Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac and twelve Catholic priests was rolling to a close. Charged by Marshal Tito with "crimes against the people" (TIME, Sept. 30), the 48-year-old head of the world's fifth largest Catholic diocese (1,800,000 members) temporarily lost his equanimity. He shook an angry finger at the court, cried: "Not only does the church in Yugoslavia have no freedom, but in a short while the church will be annihilated." He denied "forced conversion" of 230,000 Serbs...

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