SPAIN: Edging Away from Franco

Spain's aging Generalissimo Franco dressed up recently in his fanciest uniform and medals to pay a visit to his home region of Galicia on the occasion of the annual feast in La Coruña to the Virgin of the Rosary. La Coruña's clergy had always treated Franco as a favorite son and made much of him; this time Franco sat in the church, unmentioned by the officiating cardinal archbishop. It was an obvious and obviously calculated slight.

The rebuff at La Coruña is the latest in series that apparently began with the accession of Pope John XXIII...

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