A remarkable presence


John Paul II, who marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of his papacy October 16, has been the only pope many, perhaps most, Catholics now alive have ever known. His influence, like his enormous energy, will, and conviction, has been extraordinary. By one estimate, no other person in history has been seen-or at least glimpsed-by more people than the peripatetic Karol Wojtyla. Five million in the Philippines. A million in Chicago. How many...

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