ADSS 1.12 Notes of the Secretariat of State
Friday, April 17, 2015
ADSS 1.12 Sec State Notes: France asks for a response to FDR
Reference: AES 2852/39
Location and date: Vatican, 16.04.1939
Summary statement: The French ask the Holy See to respond to President Roosevelt’s appeal.
The French Ambassador (1) sent Monsignor Fontenelle (2) to the Secretariat of State to ask the Holy See t help as best as it can the initiative taken by Roosevelt with his message.
(1) Francois Charles-Roux (1879-1961) French Ambassador to the Holy See (1932-40).
(2) René Fontenelle (1894-1957) was a Sulpician priest who worked in the Roman curia. His approach to the Secretariat was considered informal as he did not have diplomatic status. Fontenelle was consecrated bishop in 1955.