National Geographic : 2015 Aug
On the Cover After his Christmas 2014 speech to throngs in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis made an unexpected visit to the Sistine Chapel— the kind of spontaneous act he’s known for. Photo by Dave Yoder Corrections and Clarifications Go to ngm.com/more. 12 2 Proof | Portraits of Katrina On the ten-year anniversary of the devastating U.S. Gulf Coast hurricane, photographers share scenes of both destruction and resurrection. 86 Still Life A century ago taxidermy played a key part in fostering wildlife conser- vation. Today its role is less clear. By Bryan Christy Photographs by Robert Clark 106 Life After the Bombs Laos is, per capita, the most heavily bombed nation on Earth. It’s also among the most resilient. By T. D. Allman Photographs by Stephen Wilkes 30 Will the Pope Change the Vatican? Or will the Vatican change Pope Francis, who has focused on serving the poor and reforming the church? By Robert Draper Photographs by Dave Yoder Last Rites for the Jade Sea? Projects upstream from Kenya’s Lake Turkana threaten to turn the world’s largest permanent desert lake into a dust bowl disaster. By Neil Shea Photographs by Randy Olson august 2015 • vol. 228 • no. 2 60 OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Gatherings such as this wedding celebration are important ceremonial occasions for tribespeople living around Lake Turkana.