VATICAN CITY: The Pope's Mail

Jubilant Communists this week were busily plastering Rome's walls with the picture of a Roman Catholic priest. The caption: "One vote the Christian Democrats won't get. Monsignor Cippico, Vatican official, can't vote because he's in jail. He would have voted Christian Democrat —if he hadn't been caught!"

"Very Surprising." Monsignor Cippico's exposure, the only major Vatican scandal since 1915,* began last August. Pope Pius was at his summer retreat of Castel Gandolfo, deep in the Alban Hills. Beneath his long hand on the light walnut desk lay the morning's mail, with all the envelopes personally addressed to the Pope still...

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