Dear Friends:


The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on April 27 will mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church. To explore the meaning of the lives of these modern-day spiritual heroes, the U.S. Bishops Office for Media Relations asked several persons to reflect on their contributions. Writers include scholars and theologians – Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish – and media personnel involved in coverage of the much travelled John Paul II. Each could have written a book, but we limited them to the brief reflections presented here.


I hope you enjoy these materials.  We have been told by the USCCB that we are free to distribute and use them as we see fit.




Bryan Minor
Executive Director of
Communications & Development
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
1300 Byron Street
Wheeling WV 26003