Religion: Protestants in Italy

The Protestants are making headway among Italy's Roman Catholics. So said the Vatican last week in a report compiled by the Paulist Fathers, who were assigned three years ago to survey Italian Protestantism, much of it ministered by U.S. missionaries. The country's 200,000 Protestants in a population of 48 million were often subject to police harassment and refused permits necessary for Protestant public activities, until last month, when Italy's highest court declared this requirement unconstitutional. The Vatican is far from pleased by such relaxation of the rules, asserts that the Protestants ("this condemned...

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