Pope John Paul II,1920-2005.

Pope John Paul II,1920-2005.

Pope John Paul II,1920-2005.

Previously published Slate articles made new.
April 8 2005 12:06 PM

Pope John Paul II, 1920-2005

A Slate retrospective.

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The funeral of Pope John Paul II was held today. The most traveled pope in papal history, he demonstrated throughout his 27-year career a continued dedication to human rights and conservative theology. Here is an archive of Slate articles on the papacy, the pope, and the search for a successor.

"The Pope Didn't End Communism," by Marc Fischer. Posted April 7, 2005.

"Why Didn't They Embalm the Pope?" by Daniel Engber. Posted April 7, 2005.

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"Is the Conclave Held in Latin?" by Daniel Engber. Posted April 6, 2005.

"Keep Pope Alive: A grisly papal deathwatch on the cable news networks," by Dana Stevens. Posted April 1, 2005.

"Papal Power: John Paul II's other legacy," by Christopher Hitchens. Posted April 1, 2005.

"The Catholic Church, Post-John Paul II," by Deal Hudson and Michael McGough. Posted April 1, 2005.

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"Papal Chase: Will the next pope be black, Hispanic, American, a Jew?" by Steven Waldman. Posted Oct. 15, 2003.

"How Do You Pick a Pope?" by Brendan I. Koerner. Posted Oct. 3, 2003.

"Paradise on Earth: A close reading of the pope's surprisingly secular poetry," by Dan Chiasson. Posted Mar. 28, 2003.

"Papal Bull Session: The pope's final visit sparks an identity crisis in Poland," by Anne Applebaum. Posted Aug. 21, 2002.

"Pope John Paul II: The fearless politician," by Michael McGough. Posted Aug. 9, 1999.

"My Visit With the Pope," by Jonathan Kwitny. Posted May 15, 1998.