Religion: Things on Earth

In Castel Gandolfo, papal summer palace sat a weary, unhappy old man one day last week, gazing slowly at astronomical photographs handed to him by Rev. Giovanni Stein, director of the Vatican Observatory. Said Pope Pius XI: "If things on earth go badly, at least those in the heavens must necessarily continue well."

Once more last week members of the Pope's household told newshawks that the 79-vear-old Holy Father is not well Afflicted with endocarditis, Pius XI sweats much, sleeps little, walks with difficulty. His once vigorous voice is low, indistinct. Because he...

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