COMMENTARY: John Paul’s Interfaith Legacy Will be Difficult to Follow

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “I believe that today God invites us to change our old practices,'' said Pope John Paul II, speaking to some 80,000 Muslim youth in a stadium in Morocco in 1985. “We must respect each other, and we must also stimulate each other in good works on the path of […]

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NEWS STORY: Some Question if All Pope, All the Time, Was Too Much

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The blanket of nonstop media attention draped upon the late Pope John Paul II may have warmed hearts and raised ratings, but not everyone was pleased. Secular critics say the coverage was overkill, and some Catholics say it missed the mark. The pope's death on Saturday (April 2) caught […]

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NEWS STORY: John Paul Left His Imprint on Higher Education

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Before John Paul II became pope, he was a college professor. Karol Wojtyla taught theology at the Catholic University in Lublin, in his native Poland, where he was known as a dynamic and passionate teacher. So, it was no surprise he took a special interest in Catholic universities when […]

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COMMENTARY: A Holy Man _ With Accents on Holy and Man

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Words failed me this past week. The ocean of others' words that followed Pope John Paul II's death _ I drank in as many as I could, and loved so many, but none did full justice to Karol Wojtyla, and I came to believe none could. And my own […]

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COMMENTARY: A Pope Whose Greatness Was Seasoned With Irony

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pope John Paul II has cast such a long shadow across modern times that many admirers want to add “the Great'' to his name. His greatness, like that of all history's remarkable figures, is heavily seasoned with irony. As often, for example, as his face has gazed off television […]

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NEWS STORY: John Paul II’s Admirers Extend Well Beyond Catholic Circles

c. 2005 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ John Paul II, not only Catholics love you. As the late pontiff lay in state at the Vatican and the world prepares for his funeral Friday (April 8), non-Catholics, too, are celebrating the life of a man whose legacy in large part was forged by reaching out to […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: John Paul II Left Big Shoes for the Pope Who Follows

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pity the man _ and it must be a man _ who follows John Paul II to the chair of Peter. He will be measured against a predecessor who was a philosopher, mystic, playwright, scholar, linguist, master communicator and adroit geopolitician _ someone who bent one of the world's […]

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NEWS FEATURE: First Pope of the Internet Age Mourned in Cyberspace

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pope John Paul II traveled the world, reaching out to people of different faiths. Now, he is the first pontiff to have his death mourned on the Internet by the millions he touched. All over the world, people of many faiths have been lighting candles for Pope John Paul […]

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COMMENTARY: Pope’s Influence on World Stage Was Unprecedented

c. 2005 Newhouse News Service (UNDATED) It is no exaggeration to say of Pope John Paul II that he was the most significant Catholic pontiff since Peter 2,000 years ago. His impact on Catholicism, for good or ill, will be debated in the days to come by religious conservatives who revered his commitment to the […]

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COMMENTARY: A Voice for the Poor Is Stilled, but Heard

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) This week, the world remembers a figure who warned, “It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest levels of subsistence.'' The figure went to a Venezuelan […]

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