A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 10, 1958

IT was 11:30 a.m. on the Eastern Seaboard—the hour of shopping at the supermarket or of getting ready for a business lunch—when word flashed from Rome that a new Pope had been chosen. It was 9:07 a.m. on the West Coast—time to make breakfast or to drive to work—when the flickering radio signal carried the voice of Cardinal Canali announcing, in his soft, Italianate Latin: "Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum—habemus papam." The press, whose attention for days had been focused on the smoke signals from the Sistine Chapel, promptly provided both great clouds and...

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