The Papacy: Wednesday in St. Peter's


Men everywhere—whether they are Roman Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, agnostics, or even Communists—make a common claim on the Catholic Pope: they feel that they have a right to an audience with him. And Popes have always responded, each in his own way. The languid Leo X of the Renaissance grandly received his subjects on horseback while at the hunt, and Pius IX had his own railway car to make whistlestop visits through the papal states. The general audiences of the ascetic Pius XII were like an encounter with a saint. John XXIII's were folksy—until sickness and duty made him...

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