Religion: Words & Works

¶Pius XII, who has been seen by more people than any Pope in history, registered three firsts: for the first time in his reign he granted a delegation of Jews (from the American Jewish Committee) a formal pontifical address. For the first time since the Russian revolution a group of Russian tourists visited St. Peter's Basilica while the Pope was carried through the aisles in his shoulder-borne chair (they disappeared before the apostolic benediction). And for the first time women's fashions received smiles rather than censure from the Vatican. In receiving some 200 designers, models, salesgirls and seamstresses of Rome's top...

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