Religion: America in Rome

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"I think the time has come to fill the sad vacancies in the Sacred College." Thus Pope Pius XII this week addressed about 30 oldtime cardinals who had foregathered, along with the Pontiff, in the Vatican's Consistory Hall. His Holiness read the names of 32 prelates whose domains were scattered from Mozambique to Berlin, from Armenia to Australia (TIME, Jan. 7).

"Quid vobis videtur?" ("What do you think?") inquired the Pope. The Princes of the Church stood up, removed their red skullcaps, bowed in assent. The papal proposal was not a surprise...

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