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.
"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.
"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.