St. Pope John Paul II Archives - Crux



  • Explaining papal calm on security, plus a note on the convert debate

    Explaining papal calm on security, plus a note on the convert debate

    In the wake of the latest spike in violence across Europe, the Vatican says it’s not taking extra security precautions, in part because safeguards were already “very strong.” Popes often feel a greater degree of calm about their safety than other public figures, because, let’s face it, from their point of view, they’ve got the ultimate safety net.

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  • Reflections on ‘Tettamanzi lesson’ for handicapping papal elections

    Reflections on ‘Tettamanzi lesson’ for handicapping papal elections

    Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan, for much of his tenure, was considered a slam-dunk obvious candidate to be pope. In the end, he had no real traction, which illustrates a key insight about papal conclaves: Like most other electoral exercises, sometimes front-runners win, and other times they vanish before your very eyes.

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  • Progressive champion once seen as papal candidate dies in Milan

    Progressive champion once seen as papal candidate dies in Milan

    Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, who was nominated as Archibishop of Milan by John Paul II and held the post for nearly a decade, has died on Saturday at the age of 83. The cardinal was a moral theologian who contributed to the writing of the encyclical Evangelium Vitae and was for many years considered a possible candidate to becoming pope. As archbishop, Tettamanzi in many ways anticipated the ‘Pope Francis style’ by reaching out to the peripheries and to the marginalized.

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