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Pope John Paul II

The death of Pope John Paul II creates a huge vacuum not only in the Roman Catholic Church, but also in the wider world of moral discourse. This pope was not afraid to bring his faith and his office to bear on political and economic issues. Whether it was the tyranny of Nazis and Communists […] Read More

Pope John Paul II died April 2, ending the reign of the 265th pope. He was born Karol Wojytla in 1920 in the Polish village of Wadowice, 50 kilometers from Krakow. His father was a retired non-commissioned Polish army officer; his Lithuanian mother, a schoolteacher, died when he was 8. At 19, when the Nazis […] Read More

Expressing admiration for a Catholic pope that would have been unthinkable a generation ago, Southern Baptist leaders praised Pope John Paul II for his opposition to abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research and communism. Baptist Press posted a story over the weekend praising Polish-born Pope John Paul II, who died Saturday at age 84, as a “champion […] Read More

A Southern Baptist opponent of ecumenical dialogue has criticized a denominational leader for contradictory statements against joining one ecumenical group while telling a national magazine that he has more in common with the Catholic pope than with fellow Baptists who are liberal Democrats. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty […] Read More

A Southern Baptist agency head quoted in a national magazine said he shares more common ground with the Catholic pope than with fellow Baptists Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. “I’ve got more in common with Pope John Paul II than I do with Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton,” said Richard Land, president of the Ethics […] Read More

Millions of people are out of work, and many others change jobs every few years. But one very important person has kept his job for a quarter century, and this fact alone has brought him a great deal of attention. I write, of course, of Karol Wojtyla, better know as John Paul II, bishop of […] Read More