A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 22, 1968

COVERING the Vatican," says Rome Correspondent Wilton Wynn, "is a challenge. Almost never is it possible to go to an official source, to ask a straight question and get a straight answer. You have to find sources you can trust, and then you have to convince the sources that they can trust you."

Wynn and his Rome colleague John Shaw have been so successful in building that mutual trust that TIME was able to report the contents of Pope Paul's encyclical, Humanae Vitae, last July in advance of its official publication. For this week's...

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