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                       March 22, 1944                       
                   My dear Mr. Secretary,                   
I must ask your kind indulgence for resuming so soon the theme of my   
letter of March 18th, expressing some concern of the Holy See.  But the   
Cardinal Secretary of State has just sent me a further communication, and   
 I think it well at the present time to keep you informed.  
In the consciousness of his exalted spiritual mission, the Holy Father is   
unwilling to assume the responsibility of not having made know the truth,   
or of having neglected to exhort all belligerents to sentiments of humane   
consideration for the dangers and difficulties of civilian populations in   
all war areas.  It is for these reasons that His Holiness desires, through   
this communication, to open his whole mind before his beloved people of   
   America and before the President of the United States.   
Cardinal Maglione points out that it is there the prevailing conviction   
that adequate precautionary measures would make it possible to limit   
aerial attacks strictly to abjectives of military importance.  This   
ular point was stressed in some detail in my letter of March
His Eminence also emphasizes that the continued bombings of Rome are   
lowering the prestige of the Allies, embittering a populace otherwise well   
disposed, and producing the further effect of fomenting Communism which is   
       already rife in the great mass of the people.        
The Honorable  
Cordell Hull  
Secretary of State  
                      Washington, D.C.                      
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