Holy Mission

New ties raise old questions

Given the historic nature of the step, there was remarkably little fanfare. The word came first from Rome. A few hours later, the State Department made it official. After a lapse of 117 years, the U.S. was establishing full diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

Ronald Reagan chose William Wilson, who has been the presidential representative to the Vatican since 1981. to serve as the new ambassador. Wilson, 69, is a California real estate developer and charter member of Reagan's kitchen cabinet of personal advisers. Archbishop Pio Laghi, 61, the...

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