740.00119 European War 1939/313: Telegram

Mr. Myron C. Taylor, Personal Representative of the President to Pope Pius XII, to President Roosevelt 12

14. My 13. I am now able to give you the final and definite answers from His Holiness on the questions.

  • First: Should a message from you to Mussolini be sent at this time? The answer was that such a message should be sent immediately.
  • Second: On the question whether a “parallel” endeavor would be made by His Holiness at this time, the answer is yes. Coupled with [Page 689] this message was the request that nothing be made known of the parallel or contemporaneous character of the action and that such action by each should be considered separate and unconnected.

I will leave for Florence this evening, returning here Monday evening unless requested to return in the meantime. I have agreed to be here Tuesday.

  1. Transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in Italy as telegram No. 281.