John Paul II

The Radical Christian

For all its diversity of accomplishment and complexity of thought, the pontificate of John Paul II was a series of variations on one great theme: Jesus Christ is the answer

Mourning and Remembrance

He once described his high-school years as a time in which he was “completely absorbed” by a passion for the theater. So it was fitting that Karol Jozef Wojtyla lived

Driving force for all to live without fear

My favourite memory of John Paul II? I must have been asked that question dozens of times as the 25th anniversary of the Pope’s election approached in October 2003. The

A Disciple Defined by His Faith

[This article was republished in the Courier Mail of Queensland, Australia under the title “Driving Force for All to Live Without Fear.”] He was the most visible human being in history.

John Paul II: An Appreciation

When John Paul II was hospitalized in February, evangelist Billy Graham praised John Paul as the greatest Christian witness of the second half of the 20th century. It was a

Covering a Sick Pope

Shortly after John Paul II came home from his first February hospitalization, my NBC colleague, Keith Miller, sent me an e-mail. A foreign correspondent for decades, Keith has seen a

Lessons of a Pontiff’s Twilight

Five days before he left Poland for the conclave that was to elect him pope, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla attended a party celebrating the 20th anniversary of his consecration as a

The Human Person is Still the Issue

Forty years ago this month, a meeting that would have important consequences for the world Church was convened in Ariccia, just outside Rome. Bishops and lay experts had been called

Mr. Cornwell misses again

Here is John Cornwell in his new book, The Pontiff in Winter (Doubleday), on John Paul II’s Marian piety and his devotion to the icon known as the “Black Madonna”:

The Gospel without Compromise

I’ve only met Father Frank Brennan, a prominent Australian Jesuit, once. But I was glad of his company that day. It was May 1991, and both Father Brennan and I

The President and The Pope

They may have seemed, at first blush, an unlikely pair: the American B-movie actor turned conservative politician, and the mystical, philosophical, poetically inclined Polish priest turned Pope. Yet historical coincidences

A patron saint for life

Amidst the myriad canonizations and beatifications proclaimed by John Paul II, some have involved exceptionally dramatic lives. Think of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Franciscan martyr of charity who offered his

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