For all his other papal duties, Pope Paul VI has always retained a fascination with world diplomacy. He spent 32 years in the Vatican's Secretariat of State, becoming in effect Foreign Minister under Pope Pius XII. One of his most cherished dreams since he stepped into the shoes of the fisherman nearly ten years ago has been to see the atrophied diplomatic muscle of the Holy See reinvigorated. He himself took the initiative with a series of historic journeys to Asia, Africa, and North and South America, becoming the most widely traveled Pope in history.

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