Baltimoreans of all faiths must be sad to learn that the health of Pope John Paul II prevents him from visiting Baltimore on Oct. 23.
As the birthplace of American Catholicism, home and see of Archbishop John Carroll, site of the first Catholic cathedral, Baltimore had looked forward to a papal visit. Even the baseball strike, in its one positive manifestation, had cleared the way for an uncomplicated use of Camden Yards.
Still, the pope now intends to visit the United States in November of next year on the occasion of the United Nations' 50th birthday, and we certainly hope he will include Baltimore then. Meantime, this city wishes him a speedy recovery.