The Challenges John Paul II Leaves For Us

By George Weigel

[Editor's Note: _This article was written shortly before the death of John Paul II. It is still timely, as it discusses the issues the cardinals will be considering as they meet to elect a new pope_.]

It's obvious that we are much closer to the end of the extraordinary pontificate of John Paul II than to its beginning. And as the pope himself has talked about the impending completion of his mission on several occasions in recent years, there is nothing unseemly in deepening the conversation about what we might call "the work John Paul II will leave for the rest of us."…

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