Thursday, June 18, 2009

Rainier and Grace meet the Pope

June 18, 1959

Their Serene Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Monaco today had a private meeting with Pope John XXIII. The Pontiff said he was "overjoyed" to see the couple during their brief visit to the Vatican.
The Princess is the former American actress, Grace Kelly. She married Prince Rainier in 1956, and the couple now have two children, Princess Caroline, and the Hereditary Prince Albert.
The New York Times reported that the Pope "congratulated them on their attachment to the Roman Catholic church, and reminded them of their responsibility to give their people a good example of a Christan family life."
The couple spent twenty-five minutes in a private conversation with the Pope.

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