Check out a photo that captures a happy spirit. Pope Francis is drawing crowds to St. Peter's Square in numbers not seen in decades. Some 100,000 pack the square weekly for his Wednesday audience. Yesterday a woman handed him a bird cage with two doves in it. He asked if he could release the birds. Then, reached in, taking one out. The first went to flight. The second perched on the papal hand for a bit, checking out the scene, before taking to flight.
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In This Issue
- Editorial: Clear all obstacles from the path to peace with Iran
- Conservative corners have tepid take on Pope Francis' environment encyclical
- Where Pope Francis stands when it comes to women
- This issue's Special Section: Summer Books
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