People, Sep. 7, 1959

Identifying themselves only to the parish priest at Courmayeur, Italy, the four men in mountaineers' rigs hired a guide, conquered the Alps' highest peak, 15,781-ft. Mont Blanc. The explorers: four German priests, among them Julius Cardinal Döpfner, Bishop of Berlin, at 46 the youngest cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. Meanwhile, in Chicago, another Catholic prelate stood at a peak: for his longstanding friendship with the city's Jewish community, Auxiliary Archbishop Bernard J. Shell was named Man of the Year by the Greater Chicago Committee for State of Israel Bonds. Said Committee Board Chairman Harold Rosenberg: "A saintly man."

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