8pecial to the CATHOLIC HERALD The visit of the chiefs of the Legion of Mary to Rome, I hear, is considered highly satisfactory. It was to have been made to the late Holy Father, and was postponed, on account of the death of His Holiness.
The welcome which met Mr Nagle and Mr Duff surprised and overjoyed them, and they were overwhelmed by the graciousness with which Pope Pius XII received them and the close, detailed attention with which His Holiness questioned them regarding the methods and achievements of the Legion.
During these weeks of international tension, the Holy Father has reduced public audiences to one a week (as readers probably know), and is able to grant hardly any private audiences; but the work of the Legion manifestly is regarded with exceptional interest, for the Pope found time for the visitors from Dublin, and was exhaustive in his study of what they had to tell.
Mr Duff and Mr Nagle also saw high Vatican officials and heads of religious Orders. They visited the Irish College, where they were asked to lecture to the students on the Legion; and they left Rome by air for Paris, where they were received by Cardinal Verdier, and a development of League activity is expected.