The Papacy: Calling Workers and Bishops

Looking rather like a visitor to Dante's Inferno, Pope Paul VI last week stood before a blazing blast furnace and watched as sputtering molten iron ore was poured into ingots. The Pope was visiting the Italsider steel plant in the Southern Italian town of Taranto, where, true to a promise he had made last month, he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass for 7,000 steelworkers and their families. In his sermon, delivered from an altar made of rolled steel slabs, Paul deplored the "separation and lack of understanding" that divides the worlds of labor and religion. "It almost seems that...

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