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TCC Radio: The Religious Legacy of John Paul II

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Blessed Pope John Paul II & Blessed Mother Teresa

Krista Tippett discusses the religious legacy of St. Pope John Paul II. JP II championed a consistent ethic of life and nonviolence from conception to natural death, defended the poor and the environment, criticized capitalism and helped defeat communism. Listen to it from On Being after the jump:

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8.3
How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians

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church burned by ISIS

Andrew Doran writes about how the warnings of Pope John Paul II prior  to a US led invasion of Iraq went unheeded. The Holy Father predicted that the war in Iraq would lead to the persecution of Christians, and other religious minorities in the region. Read his essay in The American Conservative here: How the Iraq War Became a War on ChristiansDonate to help Iraq’s Christians here. 

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2.15
The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II

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JPII on a ski trip with Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Most people fall in love, even those who have taken a vow of chastity, but St. John Paul II never broke his promise of celibacy in his friendship with fellow Polish philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. As Fr. James Martin writes, “Are we surprised that a saint could love? Or that someone could love one in return?” Read the story from the BBC here: The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II

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