Religion: A Lonely Apostle Named Paul

As Pope he inherited a revolution, then wrestled with it in spiritual anguish

Vicar of Jesus Christ, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Bishop of Rome and Servant of the Servants of God—these are among the many titles that impose unique burdens on the Pope, the anointed spiritual leader of 683 million Roman Catholics, the world's largest body of Christians. Few of the 261 successors to St. Peter worked at that responsibility more tirelessly than Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI. Sunday night, after suffering a heart attack while...

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