THE VATICAN: Unusual Affliction

To Roman-born patrician Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII, bombing Rome differs from bombing any other city. The Holy Father has often lifted his voice against warfare, more than once deplored destruction from the air. But never before has the full power of papal rhetoric been turned on a specific bombing. Last week, while the bombs fell four miles and more away, the Pope prayed in his private chapel. Later he visited San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, found it "in grandissimi parte" destroyed, though the altar and the tomb of Pius IX survived. Drawing...

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