Religion: Prisoner Emerges

At six in the morning, most Roman citizens are still abed. Few were the early risers who saw, one morning last week, four automobiles speeding by a devious route—past the Temple of Vesta, the Palatine, the Circus Maximus and the Coliseum—to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which is the cathedral of the Diocese, its high altar reserved to the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope. A small party of ecclesiastics got out of the motors, entered the church.

Inside the Basilica, Pope Pius XI, served by only one acolyte, celebrated mass at...

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