The Papacy: Symbolic Voyage

"In accordance with the style that is now ours," said Pope Paul VI last month, after announcing that he would make a visit to Turkey, "the journey will be extremely rapid." Rapid it was: less than 38 hours. It was also, in many ways, much less spectacular than his earlier journeys to India, the Holy Land, the U.S. and Portugal's Fatima. In Istanbul last week, the Pope had a warm and fraternal encounter with Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople—but there was none of the drama of their first meeting three years ago on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives. Though...

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