Religion: The Cardinal's Comeback

In his bestselling book and movie, The Little World of Don Camilla, Italian Author Giovanni Guareschi tells a series of stories about the bitter rivalry between a resourceful village priest and the equally resourceful Communist mayor of his town. The city of Bologna last week saw a real-life episode that might have come straight out of Don Camillo's Little World.

The real-life priest was no ordinary padre. He was the Cardinal Archbishop of Bologna, Giacomo Lercaro, 61, known as the most unconventional cardinal in the college and one of the most papábile (Italian...

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