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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Pope news

A question from a reader is why so much media interest in the death of Pope John Paul II? Why is his death being covered so prominently?
For me, it's because of who he was, what he stood for and the impact he had on world events. He became, through his papacy, a symbol of peace in the world. He was instrumental in helping bring an end to communism. He reached out to parts of the world that others did not reach out to. He embraced and engaged young people in their faith and created World Youth Day events that brought young Christians to him. He was the most influential person in the world over the past two decades. In the closing line of our editorial on the day of his death, we wrote that he will be missed by BILLIONS. I know of no other person that that can be said of. He will be missed by billions.

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