John Paul II

Notes on a Consistory

ROME. Press speculation about the “real” agenda of the extraordinary consistory of the College of Cardinals in May was even more fevered than usual. Every reporter I talked with was

Silence, No; Deafness, Yes

Over the three years it took to prepare Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II, I came to a reluctant but firm conclusion: the Holy Father has been

Beyond the "Clash of Civilizations"

One of the most intriguing proposals for thinking about the post-Cold War world is Harvard professor Samuel Huntington’s suggestion that global politics in the twenty-first century will be channeled along

Busyness, Misconstrued

Driving down a Washington thoroughfare recently, I was passed by a Metrobus with a stunning rear advertisement—so stunning, in fact, that I pulled in behind the bus at its next

Past and Future

From the moment the Great Jubilee of 2000 was announced in the 1994 apostolic letter, Tertio Millennio Adveniente [The Coming Third Millennium], it was clear that, for John Paul II, the

Martyrdom Today

As John Paul II has relentlessly reminded the Church for twenty-two years, we live in the greatest age of martyrdom in Christian history. Thanks to Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and

And the Wall Came Tumbling Down

Thank you for the invitation to participate in this 125th anniversary lecture series on “Faith, Freedom, and the Future.” That strikes me as an entirely appropriate theme for your anniversary,

A Papal Gift to Russia

Just about a year ago, my wife and I, with four Polish and American friends, were having lunch with John Paul II in the papal apartment. An hour into our

A Jubilee Scorecard

The Great Jubilee of 2000 concluded on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, January 6. For a quick review of some of the highlights (and low-lights) of this remarkable year-plus, here’s

An Unlikely Pontificate

[An excerpt from Witness to Hope, used here with permission.] It must be admitted that there is something surprising about the advent of John Paul II, particularly at the end

Parsing the "New Evangelization"

The “new evangelization” is one of the signature themes of the pontificate of John Paul II. Addressing the bishops of the southeastern United States on March 17, the Holy Father

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