Religion: John Paul Is Back on the Road

The Pope brings an old message to black Africa's new churches

It seemed—almost—as if nothing had ever happened. There, in his familiar role as pilgrim to the faithful, was Pope John Paul II. The car moving slowly, the crowd pressing in, the hands stretching to touch—it was the scene that had marked, more than any other, the joy of his papacy. But that same scene now also calls up memories of the assassination attempt nine months ago. Last week the Pope was trying to complete the healing of those wounds by turning again to minister...

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