John Paul II

Assessing His Legacy

In April 1977, as general secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, I received an urgent phone call from Buenos Aires with the news that Adolfo Perez Esquivel, leader of Argentina’s human-rights movement Servicio Paz y Justicia, had been kidnapped by the secret police. Argentina was then ruled by a military dictatorship, and those who “disappeared” were rarely heard from or seen again.

I quickly called Nobel Peace Prize...

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About the Author

Jim Forest heads the Orthodox Peace Fellowship from his home in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. His most recent book is The Wormwood File: E-Mail from Hell (Orbis).