Page 4, 23rd September 1966

23rd September 1966
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Page 4, 23rd September 1966 — The 'Gentleman Thief'

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Locations: Milan, Rome


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The 'Gentleman Thief'

WHEN Pope John visited Rome's Regina Coeli Prison at Christmas in 1958 he began a tradition which has been -condi,. ied by Pope Paul.

Now a group of Milan prisoners not to be outdone by their Roman colleagues have asked the Pope to visit them and offer Mass this Christmas. Luigi Saladino, known as the "Gentleman Thief" because he once returned some stolen cars to their owners made the request on behalf of several inmates of the San Vittore Prison.

In a letter to the Archbishop of Milan (the Pope's former diocese) Signor Saladino wrote: "It would be far less painful for myself and for many of my companions in misfortune if Holy Mass this Christmas could be offered—forgive my daring—by the Holy Father."

"Other than the fact that they sat separately, there was no distinction between the seating for the non-white sisitors and the rest of the congregation." From the pro-gosernmeni nensnaper South Africa's account of Dr. Verwoerd's funeral.

F..114.I. have released a new record called "Main theme from the Bible" with "Abraham" on the flip side. The orchestra is conducted by a chap called Peter de Angelis. "A pseudonym?" said the P.R. man in answer to my enquiry. "Why should it be?"

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