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A towering leader in an ‘age of giants’

On the feast day of St John Paul II last Saturday, one contributor wrote at All Along the Watchtower of “the greatest leader of my lifetime” who “stood out on the world stage” even in an era of major statesmen.

St John Paul “refused to believe the common wisdom that communism was here to stay,” the contributor wrote. Having “lived under its soulless rule”, he knew it would collapse: “man did not live by bread alone, and the fact that communism had difficulty even providing that made its eventual fate inevitable in his eyes.”

And as his health deteriorated, “St John Paul emphasised that human life is sacred at all its stages, and that illness did not mean any loss of personhood.”

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