One day in late-March 2005 a simple telephone call to the Holy See’s Secretariat of State — headquarters of the Vatican’s ‘international diplomatic corps’ — received a terse reply, here paraphrased: if it can be done in accordance with international law, we’ll see what can be done.
It was all we needed to hear. (more…)
[archive: February – March, 2005 — declassified: March 31, 2014]
It was, as the saying goes, something of a ‘long shot’.
At first glance, the obstacles seemed insurmountable. (more…)
When read to a group of legislators in the Pennsylvania State Assembly heard testimony read from the following letter, a small group of them descended on the State Correctional Institution in Somerset.
It seems that, according to inmates, none there had ever experienced anything quite like it before. (more…)