NEWS STORY: Pope Saw His Final Pain as Public Suffering

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Dr. Robert White understood how Pope John Paul II would face death, more than two decades ago. The Cleveland neurosurgeon stood by the pontiff in the intensive care unit after the assassination attempt on the pope's life in 1981. Tubes were coming out of John Paul's abdomen, and the […]

COMMENTARY: John Paul II’s Mixed Legacy

c. 2005 Beliefnet (UNDATED) The late Pope John Paul II was a scholar, a poet, a charismatic presence, a brave and holy man _ he was surely one of the most influential religious leaders in the world. His stand against war, most specifically the Iraq war, presented a vigorous and determined challenge to conservative American […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: John Paul Surprised the World, Transformed the Church

c. 2005 Beliefnet (George Weigel is one of America's leading authorities on Pope John Paul II and the author of his 1999 biography, “Witness to Hope.'') (UNDATED) He was the pope neither the church nor the world expected. The surprises that characterized his 26-year pontificate began on the very night of John Paul II's election. […]

NEWS STORY: Pope Seeks God to the End

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II, who devoted his life to serving God, spent his last days, hours and minutes seeking God in the serene knowledge that he was about to die, say those who were with him at the end. The 84-year-old Roman Catholic pontiff died at 9:37 […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: Pope Leaves Church a Theology of Apology

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pope John Paul II launched an unprecedented “examination of conscience,'' culminating in a sweeping mea culpa on the first Sunday in the first Lent of Christianity's third millennium. “In this year of mercy the Church, strong in the holiness which she receives from her Lord, should kneel before God […]