Roman Catholics: The Divine Diplomat

Among the passengers getting off a Yugoslav JAT airliner in Belgrade one afternoon late last month was a middle-aged Italian whose dark suit, white shirt and maroon tie only faintly concealed an unmistakable clerical look. Traveling in mufti, as he has on all of his 15 or more trips to Communist-ruled lands, Monsignor Agostino Casaroli, 51, had come to Belgrade to sign the historic protocol agreement re-establishing diplomatic ties between the Vatican and Yugoslavia after a 14-year break (TIME, July 1).

Two years in the making, the Yugoslav protocol was merely the latest...

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