Religion: Tidings

¶ Is Pope Paul VI grievously ill? That recurrent question began circulating again in Rome after a visiting diplomat came away from a meeting with the Pope, worrying that his "sunken eyes presaged death within weeks." However, another recent visitor described the Pontiff, who turns 77 on Sept. 26, as "energetic and in full command." That assessment seemed to be bolstered by the Pope's appearance at last month's feast of the Assumption; he surefootedly negotiated the cobblestone streets near his summer villa at Castel Gandolfo to say Mass at a parish church....

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