Monday, December 15, 2008

Danish sovereigns visit the Pope

December 15, 1920

King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark were received today by Pope Benedict. The meeting between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Danish sovereigns, who are Lutheran, took place in the Pope's private library. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes.
The Pope thanked the king for his help with a papal proposal to the Bolshevik government to allow members of the Russian imperial family come to Rome and "be maintained at the expense of the Pontiff."
This was the first visit to the Vatican by a Danish sovereign in 500 years. KIng Christian I visited Rome in 1474.

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