Religion: The Apostle Regresses

As crowds cheered him from ancient balconies and sinking quays last Saturday, Pope Paul VI was ferried in a gondola from the mouth of Venice's Grand Canal to the quay of St. Mark's. Beneath the gleaming mosaics of the basilica, he prayed briefly, addressed a throng assembled in the Piazza San Marco, and then journeyed to nearby Udine to celebrate an open-air Mass at the 18th National Eucharistic Congress. In keeping with his pledge to be "an apostle on the move," the Pope made his 15th trip outside the environs of Rome, his sixth within Italy.

The fact that the Pontiff chose...

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