Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Audience with his holiness, pp. 101-104 PDF (1007.0 KB)
Audience with His Holiness We were informed at dinner that an au licnce had been arranged with His Holiness Pope Pius XII for tomorrow. Monday, August 20 After attending Mass at St. Peter's, a representative of the State Department conducted us to the Vatican. Stopping enroute at the Catholic Club, we purchased Rosary Beads and other ecclesiastical objects as gifts for friends at home, desiring to have them blest by His Holiness. Passing groups of soldiers on the steps of St. Peter's, we motored to the left of the entrance to St. Peter's and into the Vatican entrance. Conducted to the chambers of His Holiness on the third floor, we walked through seven beautiful rooms. At each room entrance, Swiss Guards clicked their heels and stood at at- tention while we passed. Ushered into the ante-chamber of His Holiness, we were met by the chamberlain who asked us to await our audience with the Holy Father. In this ante-room were two superb marble tables; there weas a gorgeous gold clock on one. The gold chairs and the ex- quisite red silk tapestry on the wall were too magnificent for words. Immediately adjacent to this room was a large chamber known as the Ambassador's room, where His Holiness receives digni- taries from foreign nations. While we waited, the Spanish Am- bassador, in diplomatic dress, emerged from a private office of His Holiness. We wxTere introduced. In a few moments we were escorted into the office of the Holy Father. His Holiness wore a white brocade silk robe. He is a thin man, and has blue eyes-height about 5 feet, 11 inches. His hair is sparse and his face very sad. He greeted us warmly, shaking hands. As I kissed his ring I was impressed by his lovely long fingers. 101
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