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Leading Catholics Appeal to United Nations to Help Jews Enter Neutral Lands

An appeal to the governments of the United Nations to give immediate pledges to neutral countries guaranteeing the maintenance of as many Jews as are able to reach these countries from Nazi-held territories, was made public here today by leading Catholics from France, Belgium, Poland, and Czechoslovakia now in England.

The joint appeal also calls upon all Catholics in the United Nations to pray for the suffering Jews in Europe, especially in Poland, and ” to enlighten the minds and touch the hearts” of the people in the countries in which they live with regard to the Jewish tragedy in Europe. The appeal voices criticism of the fact that the United Nations “hesitate to take practical steps of mercy” which would rescue the Jews from the Nazis.

The London press today reports that L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican city newspaper, has denounced racialism in an article which declared that a true New Order cannot be evolved from a social order based on racial privilege and force.