The Philippines: Sanitary Tour

Cleaning up the Pope's visit

Nobody can use the Pope," said Bishop Antonio Fortich in the Philippine province of Negros Occidental last week. "Where a crisis exists, that's where the Holy Father should go." Nonetheless, a sugar-coated curtain seemed to be descending over the forthcoming visit of Pope John Paul II to the Philippines. Originally, the Pontiff planned to tour some of the more impoverished sections of the country. Yet President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda are desperately trying to keep the papal visit as sanitary as possible; some Philippine bishops had...

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