Pope's illness a powerful symbol

Pope's illness a powerful symbol.
Pope John Paul II's weakening health, underscored this past week by his
hospitalization with complications from the flu, has left the world's
largest religious denomination without a strong chief executive, but
with an iconic leader who can unify the church symbolically even as he
is increasingly unable to do so administratively, church leaders and
scholars who study the Vatican say. [Boston Globe — Front Page]

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