The [Un]Holy Alliance

unholy alliance

February 24, 1992

“Listen to the Holy Father. We have 2,000 years’ experience at this [covert operations].”

– Archbishop Pio Laghi to Vernon Walters, U.S. Ambassador at Large

By CARL BERNSTEIN

Only President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II were present in the Vatican Library on Monday, June 7, 1982. It was the first time the two had met, and they talked for 50 minutes. In the same wing of the papal apartments, Agostino Cardinal Casaroli and Archbishop Achille Silvestrini met with Secretary of State Alexander Haig and Judge William Clark, Reagan’s National Security Adviser. Most of their discussion focused on Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, then in its second day; Haig told them Prime Minister Menachem Begin had assured him that the invasion would not go farther than 25 miles inside Lebanon. . . (continued here)

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