Can somebody do the research and write a book about Cardinal Pacelli's '36 trip to the United States? Now is the time. Visit the chancery archives, interview the high school kids who saw him and read the old newspaper accounts - it's not too late.
As a kid I heard about his two-day visit to St. Paul in Minnesota. He arrived on a chartered plane from Chicago on his "un-official" visit and landed at Holman Field across the river from downtown St. Paul. It was the late afternoon of Monday, October 26, 1936.
The motorcade brought him up the hill to the archepiscopal manse (torn down in the sixties) where he had dinner and spent the night (the bed still exists in the cathedral rectory across the street).
He was the Papal Secretary of State and the highest ranking Vatican dignitary to visit the continent. With him was the Papal Duchess Mrs. Nicholas Brady of N.Y. and among others, Frank Spellman.
Tuesday morning Low Mass was celebrated at 8 a.m. by the Cardinal at the main altar of the Cathedral with two priest servers. The Cardinal preached from the pulpit and the Catholic high school kids filled the church.
Somebody please tell this story before it's too late!