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We still hope that the Pope will visit us

SIR – I was fortunate to get an early sighting of the Holy See’s first ever contribution to this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale and can strongly recommend it to Herald readers (Arts, June 1).

In the lee of Palladio’s magnificent 16th-century church on the small Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Holy Mother Church commissioned 10 leading architects to design 10 small chapels.

I’ll admit, however, that it was with fear and trembling that I boarded the vaporetto to cross the lagoon from St Mark’s, buoyed only by the vapours of umpteen spritz.

How would the Church’s Great Commission be embraced by 2018’s taste-makers? How, even, would the wandering, sweaty mass of tourists respond to so much aggiornamento in this old place? Would it, God forbid, reduce me to spontaneous ejaculations of praise to the Almighty, despite the company of hip, agnostic friends?

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