Cardinal Agostino Casaroli was the often controversial Secretary of State who engineered the Ostpolitik between the Holy See and various communist regimes. He also turned out to be a holy priest who spent time visiting the imprisoned at the Casal del Marmo where Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Vatican Insider has the story, a story that proves the Vatican Curia was not always filled with those who ambitioned only for their own prestige.
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