The Vatican: The Pope's Powerful No. 2

When Pope Paul VI sits down at breakfast, the newspaper clippings and reports in front of him have been prepared and organized by Archbishop Giovanni Benelli. When there is a sudden crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, the man who rushes to the papal chambers with the message is Archbishop Benelli. When a cardinal prefect of a curial congregation wishes to see the Pope, his appointment is arranged—or postponed—by the same Benelli. And when President Richard Nixon helicoptered into St. Peter's Square two weeks ago, who was there to greet him officially but Giovanni Benelli.

At 47, Archbishop Benelli is easily...

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