5 Popes, 150 Papal Trips and One Stern Lecture for Bishops

New York Times - 03-22

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ROME — On the flight back to Rome after a papal trip to the United Arab Emirates last month, the Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki got an unexpected surprise. As the pope’s customary news conference with the reporters was winding down, a large square cake was wheeled into the cabin and placed next to him. “They told me we’re celebrating Valentina’s 150th birthday,” he said with a laugh, adding: “She doesn’t look so mummified to me.”