The first lay-woman, in modern times, to live under the same roof as the Pope, has died at the age of 76.
She was the Pope's housekeeper-Theodora Banji-Linda. Born in Milan, she was a servant in the household of the present Pope's parents.
When the conclave raised Achille Ratti to the Papal Throne. at the express wish of the new Pope. Linda made her entry into the Vatican.
But not without some trouble. A woman, not a nun, in the Vatican palace? It had never been done before.
But Pius IX insisted, and Linda, clothed in black, and her hair covered with a veil, worked as before for her master, the new Pope.
A few years ago Theodora Bann-Linda was made Superior of the religious association of House Keepers founded by an American Dominican_
of the Apostolic Palace, Father Cordovani, 0.P., in a recent article in the Osservatore Romano, came out strongly against " Racialism."