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Italy: American pilgrims

Source: The Illustrated London News, June 27, 1874

The American pilgrims have left Rome. The Rev. Mr. Denby, who was intrusted by the Archbishop of New York with the duties of spiritual director of the pilgrimage, has been received by the Pope, to whom he presented, together with the Archbishop's congratulations, a considerable sum of money sent by the Catholic Union of New York. Four American pilgrims presented his Holiness with a magnificent album, containing eighty signatures, and some diamonds worth 25,000 scudi. In acknowledging sundry gifts presented to him by the American pilgrims, the Pope said that America is now the only country where he is really Pope in the eyes of the Government. Everywhere else his pontifical acts are liable to be controlled by the civil authorities.