The spirit of Saint Louis

Papal visits can be a bit like a Rorschach test. Everyone sees what they want to see. John Paul II’s January visit to Mexico and to Saint Louis initially seemed routine, only scaled back from his previous trips to accommodate his failing health and halting steps. In contrast, his mind and heart seemed in topnotch condition.

In Saint Louis, amid many messages, perhaps too many, the pope made a gesture that caught everyone’s...

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