John Paul II

Assessing His Legacy

Pope John Paul II will be remembered for his service as a public witness who, by the strength of his personality and intellect—and the scope of his office—was able to command the world’s attention. Simply by traveling, as pope, he reinforced the concept that Catholicism is a church of the world, both in breadth and, increasingly, in orientation.

He worked tirelessly to proclaim the truth about human freedom, the common good, and the nature...

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Nancy A. Dallavalle is chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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