The Press: New Voice in the Vatican

Shortly after his election in 1958, Pope John XXIII summoned the director (editor) of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's "semiofficial" newspaper, to express mild dismay over L'Osservatore's numerous florid allusions to the "Illuminated Holy Father" and "The Highest Pontiff." Said Pope John: "It would be much better if you simply said 'The Pope has done this' and 'The Pontiff has said that. " But the remonstrance fell on the ears of a man who had headed L'Osservatore for 40 of its 99 years, surviving three Popes, and was pretty much set in his ways....

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