Spain: Timely Trip

Terror strikes as the Pope visits

Even for a country as staunchly Catholic as Spain, the welcome for Pope John Paul II last week was astonishing in its emotional intensity. Beyond the outpouring of affection for the man himself, it was as if Spaniards saw this first visit to their country ever by a sitting Pontiff as a symbol of reconciliation for a young democracy racked by leftist terrorism on the one hand and threatened on the other by disgruntled right-wingers anxious to return to the dictatorial days of Francisco Franco. Only three days before the Pope's white Alitalia 727 touched...

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