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Januaty 4th, 2012. 93rd anniversary of the historic meeting between President Woodrow Wilson and Pope Benedict XV

Rome, January 4, 2012

January 4 marks the 93rd anniversary of the historic meeting between President Woodrow Wilson and Pope Benedict XV. The event occurred in 1919 while President Wilson was on a tour of Europe following World War One.  This was the first ever meeting between a U.S. President and a Pope.  According to the John D. Powell, Curator of the Woodrow Wilson House, “The President had a private audience with the Pope, who presented him with a mosaic of St. Peter after Guido Reni’s famous painting. Today the mosaic is displayed in the Wilsons’ drawing room at Woodrow Wilson House.”

 

For more information about President Wilson’s historic visit to both Italy and the Vatican, see http://www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org/Images/news/Wilson%20in%20Italy.pdf