A Diplomatic Missionary

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The Pope arrives by boat in Cologne

A pope's agenda is divided into things spiritual and temporal and, like any world leader, into things domestic and foreign. Pope Benedict XVI has shown himself sure-footed on the home front, with clear ideas for streamlining the Vatican hierarchy and affirming traditional doctrine among the faithful. The former German theology professor was on pretty familiar turf last week when preaching to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholics gathered for World Youth Day in Cologne.

"Only from God does true revolution come," the Pope told a Saturday night prayer vigil. "It's not ideologies that save the world, but...