Religion: Roman Column

John Paul, journalist

Readers of dozens of newspapers in the U.S. and elsewhere may have been puzzled last week at the premiere appearance of a new syndicated columnist: Pope John Paul II. Rome was not amused. A spokesman for the Vatican press office, Monsignor Giulio Nicolini, denounced the so-called column, which in fact was a hodgepodge of writings by John Paul on apartheid and other topics, as "inadmissible." No one, stated Nicolini, could claim exclusive, commercial rights to selections from John Paul's pronouncements. - The column was to be the first in a series of John Paul's statements compiled by Alfred Bloch, a native...

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