Pope Pius XI, in a voice choked with emotion, concluded an address to the Diplomatic Corps last week thus: "I, like Peter, give you all I have—my blessing." His Holiness had just received official congratulations from the diplomats upon the resumption of temporal power by the Holy See (TIME, Feb. 18). These expressions of official courtesy were thus long delayed because of the reluctance of many governments to offer them at all. None were forthcoming from Japan, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway or The Netherlands. And the French Ambassador Caron de Beaumarchais, who...

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