John Paul II

No Ordinary People

EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel recieved his seventh honorary doctorate at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) on May 8, 2004, and delivered the following commencement address.   Father Christian, Father Michael,

The Gospels and anti-Semitism

During John Paul II’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2000, I had breakfast in Jerusalem with an immensely learned and kindly rabbi, an American who had moved to Israel

A life risked for freedom

In early December 1980, Warsaw Pact infantry and armored divisions, most of them Soviet, moved into position along Poland’s borders. Three months earlier, the Solidarity movement had sprung to life

Italian lite

Roberto Pazzi has written two novels about the Vatican. His recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, “Why the Next Pope Needs to Be Italian,” suggests that Mr. Pazzi

Why Europe doesn’t have children

Budapest archbishop Peter Erdo is, at 51, the youngest member of the College of Cardinals. In a late October interview, Cardinal Erdo said, bluntly, that “our society today is in

A living prayer of self-sacrifice

Shortly after John Paul II’s difficult September pilgrimage to Slovakia, I received an e-mail from a Polish friend, a poet and longtime friend of the Pope’s. In language whose insight

The great Christian witness of our time

My favorite memory of John Paul II? I must have been asked that question dozens of times in recent weeks, as the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pope’s election approaches. The

A theological time-bomb

Every year at Christmas time, the Pope meets with the senior officials of the Roman Curia for a review of the year just past and a look into the year

The Pope and the Genius

In his new poem, “Roman Triptych,” John Paul II makes extensive references to the Sistine Chapel, which has a special hold on his mind, heart, and soul. Karol Wojtyla is

Great bosh

Perhaps it was because I had just spent a week lecturing in England. But when I read the latest charge that my views on just war and Iraq constituted “dissent”

The peace that is possible

John Paul II’s message for the January 1 “World Day of Peace” gives everyone a chance to think carefully about the peace that is possible in this world – a

The Pope, the Italians, and the rest of us

Given the Catholic Church’s historic role in forming what we now know as “Italy,” you might think that relations between the Vatican and the Italian government had always run rather

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