Is Germany making peace with the Church?
FASCIST circles in Rome think that Vatican-German relations have sensibly improved in The last month or two, reports the Rome Correspondent of " La Croix."
They remark in particular on the better feeling displayed by the Nazis towards the Vatican since the Conclave. The Nazis were impressed by the fact that the Catholic Church in Germany participated to the full in the recent celebrations for the Fuehrer's fiftieth birthday.
Unlike certain other States the Holy See sent its best wishes to Hitler through the intermediary of Mgr. Orsenigo, Apostolic Nuncio in Berlin.
It is evidently the desire of official Italian circles that the Vatican and Germany should compose their quarrels.
" La Stampa " (Italy), writing on this point, says, " The correctness of the Italian attitude during the Conclave, the victory of Franco under the emblem and in the spirit of Catholicism, the large body of Catholics who are now citizens of the Greater Reich, all these are events which will help to this desired conclusion."
MYSTERIOUS LETTER The French news agency, Haves," has sent out the follow. ing mysterious information from Berlin; " A German bulletin for foreign newspapers, dated from Rome, says that The Nuncio Apostolic in Berlin has received a communication from the Pope which is a reply to a questionnaire sent by the Nuncio some days before. According to well-informed Vatican circles only the Pope and Cardinal Maglione, Papal Secretary of State, know the contents of this letter!"
It is stressed by several observers, notably in the Danzig Nazi newspaper, " Da nziger Vorposten," that the Pope's recent broadcast to Spain made a very favourable impression in German official circles.