A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 21, 1964

THIS is Elizabeth Taylor," said Richard Cardinal Cushing, pointing at the TIME reporter. "She's a rich woman from the United States."

This is one of several favorite jokes the cardinal used at public functions last week to introduce our Boston bureau chief, Ruth Mehrtens, who was traveling with him and his party in Latin America. Her task was to continue her reporting for our cover story on the cardinal and the new trends in American Catholicism. To Religion Writer John Elson, an enthusiastic specialist in that subject, the story was a logical continuation of his past covers on Popes John and Paul,...

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