A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 5, 1962

TELEPHONE wires across Rome hummed last week with the singing of the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus, the first notes of which Pope John will intone next week to open the Second Vatican Council. The sing-along was started by TIME Correspondent Robert B. Piser, who, attempting to determine the century in which that version of the hymn was composed, sang it to several sources on the phone—and they went on from there singing it to others. Piser finally got the correct echo: 9th century.

While Reporter Piser's singing might not bring critical acclaim, his Latin...

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