Religion: Pius' Patriarch

A good chess player makes the smallest move count. Last week Pope Pius XII chose the seventh anniversary of his coronation to throw a well-timed spotlight on an important new red hat. The hat belongs to soft-voiced, fierce-bearded Gregory Peter XV Agagianian (pronounced ah-gah-jahn-yan), Patriarch-Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians, who stayed over in Rome at the Pope's request to celebrate Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Sistine Chapel.

Not since St. Polycarp of Smyrna came to see Pope Anicetus in the 2nd Century had Rome seen such a Mass. But more significant than the frequent bell-tinkling and strange, high, polyphonic chanting...

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