April, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 14

Pope John Paul II

A complete selection of links to Boston College-related news, commentary and analysis about the life and legacy of Pope John Paul II.

Hub faithful bid fond farewell: Watching the papal funeral were BC students in Rome and Boston. Herald

Did the pope beat Communism? The BC Chronicle asks Prof. Larry Wolff about John Paul II's political legacy in Eastern Europe.

John Paul the Great: One of the most common story lines about John Paul II - that he was a man of contradictions, liberal in some things and conservative in others - misses the point entirely, writes Matthew Monnig, SJ '97, a former BC Presidential Scholar who studied the late pope's writings during his Fulbright year in Poland.

Former Chorale member recalls '97 meeting with late pontiff: The University Chorale of Boston College has over the years enjoyed a special connection to the Vatican, and with the late Pope John Paul II. BC Chronicle

'The scene was surreal': BC junior Jennifer Theiss, currently studying in Italy, reports on events in the Vatican this week. BC Chronicle * Boston Herald * Valerie Ferrara '06, also described the scene in Rome and told the Columbus Dispatch that she will be attending the pope's funeral on Friday.

'God has a plan for each of us': The University community filled St. Ignatius Church on April 4 for an evening Mass in memory of the late Pope John Paul II. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, presided over the Mass concelebrated by 17 other priests. St. Mary's Rector Rev. Paul Harman, SJ, offered this homily.

John Paul 'lived Cross of Christ': BC theologians reflect on the late Pope.

The only pope they've ever known: Several hundred Boston College students gathered on O'Neill Plaza yesterday for a memorial service celebrating Pope John Paul II's public persona, his broad sense of humor, and his work promoting justice and peace. Boston Globe.

A man of indomitable faith: As the world mourns the Holy Father's death, BC scholars discuss his papacy and legacy. Coverage: Rev. Raymond Helmick, SJ: Patriot Ledger * Rev. David Hollenbach, SJ: Voice of America * Prof. Thomas Groome: Bloomberg * Boston Globe * News Hour * NECN (video) * Rev. James Keenan, SJ, Prof. Lisa Sowle Cahill: NPR * Chicago Tribune * Prof. Stephen Pope: AP * WBUR * Christian Science Monitor * Orlando Sentinel * Rev. Harvey Egan, SJ: Boston Herald * Rev. Paul McNellis, SJ: North Adams Transcript

What Happened at Fatima: On John Paul II, Lucia dos Santos, and the end of communism, by Joseph Bottum PhD '93.

Holy Father left mark on young: Many BC students met the late pontiff, others recall his influence in their lives. Heights * Editorial * Ryan Connors * Boston Herald

Pope John Paul II: Life and legacy: Boston College Magazine asked a handful of observers?a rabbi, a Jesuit, a feminist scholar, a political scientist, a Catholic journalist?to examine the papacy of John Paul II. Their considerations were published in the Spring 2001 issue. More resources from @BC.

Pope Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations: John Paul stripped away any lingering justification for anti-Jewish prejudice within the church, transforming Catholic-Jewish relations say experts like Philip Cunningham, executive director of BC's Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. AP

Centuries-old rituals begin: The passing of a pope, an event wrapped in centuries of history and tradition, has set into motion a chain of events that will culminate in a few weeks with the naming of the next pontiff. Boston Globe

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