All Things Catholic
by John L. Allen, Jr.
Friday, July 25, 2008 - Vol. 7, No. 44
Benedict XVI is back in Italy (at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, to be exact), following the ninth, and longest, foreign trip of his papacy. In Australia, the pope turned in what was, by most accounts, another bravura performance.
A measure of the success of these outings, at least at the level of public relations, is whether the local media feels obliged afterwards to run a feature story along the lines of "Erstwhile enforcer shows human face." The Germans wrote such stories in 2005 after World Youth Day in Cologne, the Spaniards did them after the pope's visit to Valencia in 2006, and the Americans followed suit three months ago.
Sure enough, Monday's Sydney Morning Herald
featured the now-predictable headline: "From theologian to pope of the people."
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