Religion: Wings for Missionaries

Though Pope Pius XI owns a helicopter, Vatican City is too small (109 acres) and crowded to permit the landing of other aircraft. Last week a truck brought into his little realm its first airplane. The Holy Father promptly walked out to peer at it through his thick spectacles, observe on its side the name of his predecessor: SANCTUS PETRUS. The plane, as Pius XI was gratefully aware, was the gift of a recently-formed German organization, the Missions Verkehrs Arbeit Gemeinschaft ("Mission Traffic Aid Society"). Founded by a onetime army aviator named Rev....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!