Following a long audience with the Pope, Myron C. Taylor, personal representative of President Roosevelt at the Vatican, told Burke Walsh, N.C.W.C.'s special correspondent, he had found the Pontiff in fine spirits. " His health seemed excellent," Mr. Taylor said, " even better than when I saw him late in 1942," The Holy Father's enormous activii) and vigorous appearance is the subject of much comment, as he continues to receive daily the soldiers of the Allied nations, who flock eagerly to the Vatican in large numbeis.
An unofficial estimate places the number of Service men received since Allied troops entered Rome at well over 25,000. A typical day's audience, with upwards Of 5,000 present, was given to delegations representing all units of the American Fifth Army and many units of the British Eighth Army. Americans predominated, but also present were many English, French, Poles, and men from various parts of the British Empire. Grouped closely about the Holy Father's throne were negroes, Indians and American-horn Japanese, all members of the Allied forces.
The newsreel cameras were granted the extraordinary privilege of operating on this occasion, and one cameraman claimed that all available lights in liberated Italy were utilised to illuminate the scene.