Religion: The Council Opens

Telstar brought the pomp and pageantry, and even a searching closeup of the Pope's joyful if weary expression. Yet the true awe of last week's opening of Vatican Council II lay in seeing and sensing the variety, implicit power, and sheer numbers of the bishops, patriarchs and abbots who paraded into St. Peter's to start history's biggest religious council.

There was Paul Etoga, husky Negro Bishop of Mbalmayo in Cameroun, who had spent all his money on transportation to Rome, and reached the Vatican hungry. There was Pittsburgh's Bishop John Wright, who many...

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