Education: Riches from Rome

Two Jesuit priests on the faculty of St. Louis University sat down one summer day in 1950 and composed an unprecedented letter to the Vatican. "Reverende Pater, pax Christi," they wrote in their best Latin to the prefect of the library. Then they asked permission to carry out as ambitious a project as their university had ever undertaken. They wanted to microfilm the Vatican Library and bring it back to St. Louis. Neither Historian Lowrie Daly nor Librarian Joseph Donnelly knew "whether the project was possible, or even whether the Vatican would consider...

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