Roman Catholics: Cardinals & Commissars

A NEW VATICAN LINE FOR SOCIALIST COUNTRIES? asked the Italian Communist weekly Rinascita (Rebirth) last week. Or a new Communist line for the Vatican? Currently, Pope Paul VI and his diplomats are busier than usual negotiating with East European regimes, taking advantage of small but subtle indications that satellite Communist governments might consent to give a bit more spiritual breathing room for a portion of the 65 million Roman Catholics behind the Iron Curtain.

Hungary has produced perhaps the most interesting sign of change. Last month, in the party journal Tarsadalmi...

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