Religion: The Christian Summit

Nothing like it had happened since Martin Luther called the Roman Catholic Church "the Devil's nest" and a "den of thieves." The Most Rev. Geoffrey Francis Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Church of England, announced last week that on his way home from a tour of the Middle East he intends to stop off in Rome and pay a courtesy call on Pope John XXIII.

The news generated a small whirlwind of sanguine speculation—especially in Italy, where it broke on All Saints' Day, when the Vatican's offices and its...

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