Pope John Paull II
"Be not afraid," said the Holy Father. We stopped being afraid--and brought down Communism. By Lech Walesa
HIS PAPACY: Timeline | Milestones | Trips
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Conservative or liberal? European or Third World? What the cardinals will consider when choosing the next pope. By David Gibson
The World Weighs In
Newspapers of Brazil, Mexico, and Africa cheer on their papabile.
Top 17 Possible Successors
The Next Pope and the Third World
The Pope the Jews Need
While some Jewish leaders want the next pope to pity the Jews, what we need is a partner against secularism. By David Klinghoffer
As the world mourns Pope John Paul II and watches the selection of the next pope, Beliefnet's correspondent Paul Wilkes reports on the momentous events in Rome.
The New Pope's First Crisis
The priest shortage and its surprisingly simple solution: allow marriage as an option for priests.
By Deborah Caldwell
Choosing a Pope for a Global Church
The next pope will face massive challenges, from relating to other faiths to third-world poverty to women's roles--a tall order.
By Deborah Caldwell
Beliefnet Reader Survey Results
WHERE ARE THE WORLD'S CATHOLICS?
A Great Christian Witness
He truly believed that Jesus Christ is the answer to the question that is every human life. By George Weigel
John Paul II's Biblical Vision
By Scott Hahn
Prayers of John Paul II
Audio: "It Is He, Jesus Christ"
Hear John Paul II speak in this one-minute audio clip (courtesy EWTN; free RealPlayer required).
Audio: "The Source of My Vocation"
An actor reads from the pope's book "Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way" (courtesy Audible.com; Windows Media Player required)
The pope's reflection on why prayer is necessary to Christian life.
Q&A: Understanding John Paul II's Theology
Related link: Papal Encyclicals
The Pope's "Theology of the Body"
John Paul II's statements on sexual love
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