He studied five years at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Each week he wrote his mother. Then for seven years he worked in the Vatican Secretariate of State. During that time he visited every European country from the Baltics to the Balkans. A fascinating character in modern history. Some say he was dainty. Oh well. He was perfect for NYC. I found his travel WWII book, Action This Day to be rather interesting. He writes: "One learns about a country much more easily and lastingly by visiting it and talking to various people than in any other way."