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Robert F. Kennedy Arrives in Rome

Feb. 20, 1962 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and his party received a warm welcome today from a small crowd at the Rome airport this morning when they arrived from Beirut for a private two-day visit. Mr. Kennedy later received a message from Secretary of State Dean Rusk congratulating him on the success of his current trip around the world. Mr. Kennedy then spent several hours revising speeches he is to make Thursday and Friday in Berlin and West Germany. Tomorrow, Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, will be received in a private audience by Pope John XXIII. On the way from the airport to his hotel, Mr. Kennedy stopped at Quirinal Palace, official residence of President Giovanni Gronchi, and signed the visitors’ book. In Italian official etiquette, this corresponds to paying respects to the head of state.

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