Sylvia Poggioli , Donald Cozzens and Margaret A. Farley —
The Religious Legacy of John Paul II

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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is senior European correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk.

is Professor of Theology at John Carroll University and author.

is Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale University Divinity School.

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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.

Photo courtesy of Osservatore Romano (AFP/Getty Images)

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