Religion: Idea

In Rome, cooped by the walls of the Vatican, is a saintly man called II Papa, which means in English, the Pope. By recent Roman Catholic tradition he finds himself forever unable to set foot on the earth of Italy. This self-marooning followed an altercation some 60 years ago between the Church and the State in which the State did not lose. But last week Hope peeked over the Vatican walls and winked at his holiness. Il Papa was to emancipate himself with an airplane, despatches from the Eternal City hinted. In this...

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