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%3 – RECEIVER OF A BRITISH ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY; AND TO RECEIVE A JAPANESE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY: POPE BENEDICT XV.
The name of his Holiness Pope Benedict XV. has figured in the war news to a considerable extent of late. The case of Cardinal Mercier, Archbishop of Malines, around whose palace a German guard was placed, is, of course, of vital interest to the occupant of the Chair of 6t. Peter. Further, it was the Pope who made proposals for the exchange of wounded prisoners who will be unable to take part in the war in the future. In addition, there are to be recorded the visit to Rome of Sir Henry Howard, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from this
country, vho went to congratulate his Holiness on his election; and the fact that Japan is reported to be sending an Envoy Extraordinary to the Holy See, to convey congratulations and establish diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Pope Benedict the Fifteenth is sixty, and was raised to the Cardinalate only last year. He was for many years the fellow-worker of Pope Leo XIII. and Cardinal Rampolla. He is an able organiser, and, as Archbishop of Bologna, was credited with giving evidence of liberal-minded ideas.