Roman Catholics: A Cardinal for a Leper Colony

"If the Gospel must be proclaimed to all men, it is directed first of all to the poor in spirit." So saying, Paul-Emile Cardinal Léger, 63, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Montreal, last week announced that he will leave his see next month to become "a simple missionary" in a still unspecified leper colony in Africa. Although he retains the personal title of cardinal, Léger will work as a priest under the direction of an African bishop.

One of the church's most consistently reform-minded prelates, urbane, witty Cardinal Léger grew up in the Quebec village of St. Anicet,...

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