Religion: New Hats

Rome buzzed last week with rumors of red hats. Since the last cardinals were created in 1946, death has reduced the roster of the College of Cardinals from its full 70 to only 52. Pope Pius XII, it was said, would soon call a consistory to restore the depleted ranks. Though the Pope would not necessarily create 18 new princes of the church, Vatican insiders rated a few outstanding Roman Catholic prelates as sure bets. Among them:

¶ Boston's strapping, prow-jawed Archbishop Richard J. Gushing, 55, Bostonborn blacksmith's son, whose able leadership of his 1,300,000-member flock has made him one of the...

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