Religion: Statesman Retires

Old in the service of the Church, learned in its laws, astute in its temporal business of diplomacy, is his eminence Pietro Cardinal Gasparri, 77, for 15 years papal Secretary of State. Last week, as often before, he submitted his resignation to his master and onetime protégé, Pope Pius XI. Thought he: I have finished my last and greatest work, the concordat between the Papacy and the Italian State; I will spend my remaining years in the villa the Pope has given me overlooking the Coliseum; there I will codify the canon law of...

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