Sometimes what's on the outside doesn't always coincide with what is on the inside. During Mikhail Gorbachev's historic pre-Christmas meeting with Pope John Paul II, people were amazed to hear Gorbachev speak of religious freedom and the right of people in the Soviet Union to satisfy their spiritual needs. The words which flowed from the mouth of the Soviet Communist Party leader were beautiful as the painting hanging over the two men's heads - the painting by Pietro Cannucci (Perugino), a famous painter of religious scenes - and also a renowned atheist.

-Contact, February 1990