Religion: The Triple Tiara

Many things a Pope can do which are denied to other men. One thing which Pope Pius XII could not do last week—so it was reported—was to get 50 extra tickets for his own coronation in St. Peter's Basilica. For before last Sunday, when the coronation was performed with pomp befitting the first such occasion since the Vatican again became a temporal state in 1929, some 71,000 tickets to St. Peter's had been distributed, and six times as many applications had been turned down.

Diplomats, nobles, ecclesiastics, ex-royalty and representatives of reigning royalty filled the stands and ramps of St. Peter's when...

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