Religion: The Pope Will Hit the Road

John Paul II plans venturesome trips to Mexico and Poland

Even before his election, it was obvious that the future Pope John Paul II possessed formidable political skills. As Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Cracow, he displayed a rhetorical power and disciplined intelligence that made him a man to be reckoned with by the Communist rulers of his native Poland, and a humility and charm that endeared him to the people. The unanswered question was how willing he would be to test these gifts on the world stage. As 1979 began, he seemed quite willing...

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