Religion: Tidings

> Topic A around the Vatician these days is whether Pope Paul VI will resign when he reached 75 on Sept. 26. In 1966 Paul urged that bishops retire at 75. Shortly thereafter, he titillated papal observers with an odd pilgrimage to the castle associated with Pope Celestine V, who quit the papacy in 1294 after only five months in office. Within the past month, two Rome weeklies have primed the speculation. L'Espresso ran a poll of Curia opinions on whether Paul would step down (65% said no), and Il Mondo suggested waggishly that an unnamed...

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