INTERNATIONAL: Odyssey for the Millennium

Under the wings of a U.S. Army transport Iran's high, hot plateau flowed past. In the wasteland below Special Passenger Francis Joseph Spellman, Archbishop of New York, Roman Catholic Military Vicar and unofficial envoy of the Vatican, lay tumbled the ruins of palaces built by ancient Persian conquerors; across it snaked a railway and motor road pulsing with Lend-Lease for Russia.

Near dusty Teheran, where cargo from the U.S. and Britain is taken over by the Russians, the plane slid down. Briefly the public eye caught the Archbishop in a characteristic pose. In...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!