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Invoking John Paul the Great

ROME. Age certainly accelerates one’s sense of the passage of time.  Well do I remember high school classes that felt as long as Würm Glaciation, the minute hand circumambulating the clock’s

John Paul II: the Priority of Culture, and the Contemporary Culture Wars

On November 29th, 2023, George Weigel delivered a lecture titled, “John Paul II: the Priority of Culture, and the Contemporary Culture Wars” at the Angelicum in Rome.

The lecture explored John Paul II’s teaching on the priority of culture in the free and virtuous society of the future, as he outlined in Centesimus Annus.

John Paul II
Knowing Suffering from Inside

Imagine yourself as a twenty-year-old Polish worker living in a dingy apartment in Dębniki, a working-class neighborhood of Kraków, in early 1941. After a brilliant beginning to your university career,

John Paul II and Me (and the Poles)

In the first chapter of Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy quoted an exasperated congressman, John Steven McGroarty, who wrote an irritating constituent in these neatly acerbic terms: “One of the

Another Assault on John Paul II

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II had lunch in the papal apartment with Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the renowned French pediatrician and geneticist who identified the chromosomal abnormality that

Recycling the Same Old Same Old

In December 2021 and May 2022, I had the pleasure of teaching a mini course in Rome, exploring the life and thought of St. John Paul II. My students came

On John Paul II’s 75th Anniversary

By any worldly measure, 1946 was an annus horribilis in Poland. With the exceptions of Cracow and Lodz, every Polish city lay in ruins. The homeless and displaced numbered in the millions.

The Casaroli Myth

When I met Cardinal Agostino Casaroli on February 14, 1997, the architect of the Vatican’s Ostpolitik and its soft-spoken approach to communist regimes in east central Europe in the 1960s and 1970s

From Christendom Times to Apostolic Times

Thirty years ago, on January 22, 1991, John Paul II’s eighth encyclical, Redemptoris Missio (The Mission of the Redeemer), was published. In a pontificate so rich in ideas that its teaching has

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