Religion: The Reformation Revisited

Luther's Germany offers the Pope his most demanding tour yet

A monsignor looked at the cold downpour that greeted Pope John Paul II upon his arrival at the Cologne airport Nov. 15 and said lightheartedly, "Luther's revenge at last." The chill was more than meteorological. The land of Martin Luther offered John Paul the coolest reception he has had so far.

He won over his audiences, nonetheless, with sermons in fluent German and his personal warmth. He joshed a boy about skipping school to greet him, and prayed that kidnapers would release an eleven-year-old girl being held for ransom near Karlsruhe. The size...

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