Religion: Red Hats

In an anteroom of the Vatican one morning this week waited two Roman Catholic prelates, Monsignor Eugéne Tisserant and Monsignor Giovanni Mercati, while in the nearby Consistorial Chamber gathered Pope Pius XI, his court and resident members of the College of Cardinals. Of this secret consistory, convoked a month ago, the Pope asked ratification of his choice of the two monsignori as new Princes of the Church. When assent was silently and swiftly given, Vatican functionaries entered the anteroom, informed the cardinals-elect that the Holy Father would bestow red hats upon...

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