The Pope last week visited the collection of books and pictures saved from various religious buildings damaged by raids in the past few months in Upper and Lower I atium and part of Campania.
In one room were the books of the valuable personal collection of Cardinal Henry Stuart, Duke of York and, Bishop of Frascati, who willed it to his Diocesan Seminary. The 15,000 volumes were recovered, despite great difficulties. thanks to the efforts of the Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library. They are now safe in the Vatican, where they were brought in four journeys by lorry.
In other rooms, the Pope saw pictures from the churches of Gaeta and Viterbo, two .sculptured wooden doors from Frascati, belonging to the Della Rome family and illuminated ehorals from Monte Cassino Monastery.