Religion: The Road to Rome

As the sun set in a rosy Roman sky last week, 359 prostrate men in cream and gold vestments formed a vast rectangle in St. Peter's Square, participants in the largest group ordination in Vatican history. It was held on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, presided over by the man who a dozen years ago this day had ascended Peter's chair and assumed Paul's name. The litany over, the new priests—Africans, Asians, Oceanians, Europeans and Americans—rose two by two and approached the throne for the personal blessing of Pope Paul VI.

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