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The Opportunity to Be a Lincoln

Joseph Ellis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning study, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, reminds us that, when considering the historic contributions of such giants as George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson,

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

Thunder "Down Under"

It’s difficult to recognize the George Pell I’ve known for thirty-five years in Australian press reports on the new Archbishop of Sydney. According to a feature story in the Sydney

Born Again, Fifty Years Ago

When I first started working with evangelical Protestants some fifteen years ago, I was struck by the singular way these brethren would introduce themselves at a meeting where few present

Lincoln in Rome

On February 24, as the newly-created Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., tall and craggy of face, processed up the aisle of his titular church, resplendent in miter and pectoral cross and

Revisiting Franz Werfel

A few months ago, facing a fifteen-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia, I called a friend, a distinguished literary critic, and asked, “What are the big great novels

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

John Paul II and the Priority of Culture

That no good deed goes unpunished is nicely illustrated by the terms in which several biographers have recognized John Paul II as a seminal figure in the Revolution of 1989.

John Paul II — Preparing the 21st Century

Even at the height of Hollywood’s infatuation with things Catholic, no screenwriter would have dared propose such a storyline: Months after his country regains its independence, a son is born

John Paul II — Preparing the 21st Century

Even at the height of Hollywood’s infatuation with things Catholic, no screenwriter would have dared propose such a storyline: Months after his country regains its independence, a son is born

Pope 007?

His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time. By Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi. Doubleday. 582 pp. $27.50. On October 21, 1978, five days after the

Forgetting God

On the other, other hand, there is the argument advanced by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (and seemingly shared by John Paul II) that World War I, World War II, and the Cold

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