India a Low-Key Papal Pilgrimage

John Paul stirs crowds in the south, but strikes few sparks

The briefing for Pope John Paul II's tour of a Calcutta home for the dying was chalked on a blackboard at the hospice's entrance. "Date: 3rd February. Admission: 2. Discharge: --. Death: 4." Inside, many of the 86 gravely ill patients peered attentively at the visitor, although few knew who he was. "I love you," the Pope murmured over and over as he moved between the cots, delivering a tin plate of food to one or trying to spoon-feed another. As he cradled patients in his arms and traced the sign of the Cross on their brows, he sometimes seemed at...

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