John Paul II's papacy was dramatic and historic on many fronts. We explore some of the critical religious issues of his 26 years as pontiff and discusses the great and contradictory impact he made on the Catholic Church in America and abroad.
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Pope John Paul II delivers his Urbi et Orbi blessing to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during Easter Mass on March 27, 2005. A frail Pope John Paul II failed to voice a traditional Easter Sunday blessing for the first time in his 26-year pontificate.
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is senior European correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk.
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