Religion: Square 49

In Naples last week, Italian moppets were gleefully playing a new game—"To Rome in Holy Year." Invented by a Jesuit priest named Sergio de Gioia, who also instructs the youth of Italy with what he calls "a catechistic newspaper with comic strips," the new game is played by spinning a wheel to determine the number of squares the player may advance on his journey to the Holy Father.

Some squares, such as those marked "Courtesy" or "Communion," offer a new spin of the wheel or an advance of several notches. Others impose severe penalties. At square 17 the player loses a turn...

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