Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dutifully padding about the temples of the Vatican


   The bit about the children
   went like clockwork. I told
   [His Holiness Pius XII] that
   I had a single daughter -
   our son was not yet thought
   of - and a white rosary was
   immediately handed by a cham-
   berlain to the Pope, who
   blessed it and delivered it
   to me. I was rather hoping he
   would repeat the mistake he
   was said to have made among a
   party of American congressmen
   when, instead of asking, "boy
   or girl?" he murmured, "black
   or white?"; but no such luck.

John Julius Norwich
Trying to Please
  A Memoir

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