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The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Kennedy ) to the Secretary of State

800. Personal for the Secretary of State. Halifax told me last night that the British Minister at the Vatican had been told by the Pope that the Germans and Italians had definitely told him war was absolutely inevitable and they saw no means of avoiding it. Halifax thinks this of course may be another part of the nerve-breaking pressure the Germans and Italians are using.