THE VATICAN: Sister Fiorella at the Gate

Every summer, much to the Vatican's distress, the package tours that descend on St. Peter's Basilica seem to be more scantily packaged than ever. For years, grim-faced men were posted at the doors to tell the women and girls who arrived in minis or skimpy dresses that they were "indecently dressed."* After the poor fellows absorbed innumerable punches from outraged husbands and fathers, however, the Vatican was ready to try something new—particularly with hot pants and the no-bra look in vogue.

Last June the Holy See unveiled its own new look in guards:...

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