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Jul
25

Pope John Paul II had ascended to Papacy on the 16th of October 1978, and since then to the last day of his life he had either been hailed as a hero or, has been accused and condemned with many controversies. He has without doubt been one of the most influential leaders of the world but at the same time he had been criticized over a number of unforgivable issues. This has brought many people to ponder whether to consider him a Friend or, Foe to the world. To talk about why the Pope should be considered a Friend is as good as asking ‘why do we need air to

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Jul
19

The world is not ignorant about the presence of lecherous priests in the world but, who would have guessed that the Catholic Church also hosts a few of these perverts of the highest order. Among the most serious cases are the ones involving Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer an Austrian friend of the Pope. The Cardinal was accused of molesting over 2000 boys and young monks in his overall career span. Even then he sailed through the situation because there were no sanctions placed on him. The next case was related to Marcial Maciel Degollado, the Mexican founder of the ‘Legion of Christ’. This person was accused of not only molesting

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Jul
13

The mid-20th century witnessed the rise and development of media, and even the Catholic Church could not deny its impact. Pope John Paul II recognized the development of media as one of the greatest steps of progress made by the modern society. Whether television, radio or, internet, the Pope knew how to put them into best use. He was one of the most media friendly personalities of the 20th century. In Italy, Pope John Paul II was known as ‘Il Papa Del Sorriso’ or, the Smiling Pope; and ‘Il Sorriso di Dio’ meaning God’s smile. Time magazine referred to him as the September Pope. As much as the Pope was

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Jul
10

On the 8th of April 2005, at the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the crowd had chanted ‘Santo Subito’ which means, “Make him a saint now”. Although Pope John Paul II is the most high profile candidate for sainthood in modern times, his beatification, like any others will have to pass through stringent procedures. According to church rules, ‘opening a cause’ that is the first step towards sainthood cannot be initiated until the lapse of five years after the death of the person. This five year period helps all emotions following the demise of a person to settle down and provides enough time for gathering data and witness supporting

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Jun
19

The accomplishments of Pope John Paul II are numerous. His life is full of achievements and explorations. To begin with, he was well conversant in as many as 8 languages and an expert in 13 languages. Previous popes were not very enthusiastic when it came to travelling to different countries. They usually preferred to stay at the Vatican and occasionally traveled to a few places in Europe. However, John Paul II was distinctly different in this regard. He travelled extensively to as many as 125 foreign countries. Even if you combine the sum total of all the places visited by the other popes, it would not cross this figure. This

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