SOUTH VIET NAM: Pope Takes a Powder

The oddest religion in the East, and the one with the most catholic pantheon, is known as Cao Dai. Founded in Saigon in the 19205, it numbers among its archangels Victor Hugo, Joan of Arc, Sun Yat-sen and Clemenceau, and boasts some 2,000,000 adherents, a private army and a pope. But Cao Dai's voluble, bright-eyed little Pope Pham Cong Tac was never able to resist meddling in secular matters. Tossing his 15,000-man army now on one side, now on the other in the delicate balance of Vietnamese politics, he succeeded only in incurring the wrath...

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