Religion: Rome & the Future

Almost fully recovered from his long bout of winter illness, Pope Pius XII was back last week at his hard-working routine. He was up in the morning at 6:30, and often the light in his study above St. Peter's Square was burning at midnight. Yet Eugenio Pacelli, still as slim and erect as a brigadier in the 15th year of his reign, is also in the 78th year of his life, and so, among Rome's churchmen, the talk is of his successor.

In a church which has elected Italians to the papacy for four centuries,...

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