Religion: The 21st Council

Pope John XXIII stepped into his black Cadillac one day last week and rode to the church of St. Paul Outside the Walls. (Along his route, the night before, policemen had painted out life-size posters of Paris-born Cinema Star Marina Vlady in a skintight bathing suit.) In a hall adjoining St. Paul's, before 20 surprised cardinals assembled to celebrate the 1,900th anniversary of the Epistle to the Romans, the Pope announced what may well be the most important 20th century landmark in the history of the Roman Catholic Church; the 21st Ecumenical Council, which will probably meet in 1961.

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