Religion: Protest

At Christmastime 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote to Pius XII: ". . . It would give me great satisfaction to send to you my personal representative in order that our parallel endeavors for peace and the alleviation of suffering may be assisted." The representative turned out to be 72-year-old ex-steel tycoon Myron Charles Taylor.

The President also wrote to Dr. George A. Buttrick of the Federal Council of Churches and Rabbi Cyrus Adler of the Jewish Theological Seminary: ". . . It would give me great satisfaction if you would, from time to time, come to Washington to discuss the problems...

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