Page 8, 26th July 1940

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Pope Condemns

Race Doctrines

poPE PIUS XII. addressing an au& cues of newly-married Italian couples uttered another condemnation of false race theories recently.

Extracts from the Pope's address were broadcast from Vatican Radio last week. Referring to the grace of baptism, which gave us supernatural life and made us " brothers of Christ and of each other," the Pope said " Nobles boast of their noble blond. But nobility' implies more than highborn ancestry. All baptised persons are princes of the blood—not only of noble blood, but of divine."

" Blood has a higher significance than its merely natural meaning. We are the progeny of a race of saints. By baptism the Christian becomes a Child of Cod.

" Accordingly, In a Christian land, when people speak of passing on their blood untarnished to their children, they should not refer to blood in its biological meaning alone, but they should include the spiritual significance, since spiritual life is far more precious than that of the body."

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