Religion: Five New Hats

In a quiet study in the Paris Latin Quarter not far from the grey, ornate pile of the Church of Saint Sulpice, newsgatherers waited last week for Father Jean Verdier, a modest little priest who for years has guided the thoughts and prepared the minds of hundreds of young women preparing to take the veil at the novitiate school of St. Sulpice.

"Ma foi, gentlemen," said Father Verdier as he entered, clasping his hands in front of the sash of his soutane, "I scarcely know what to say to you, except that I have never...

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