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Inheritance of Hope

John Paul II was not four years into his pontificate when I was born. My experience of Catholicism has been inseparable from his presence as the tender father of my generation – the one who loved our lives better than we ourselves did, who showed us that we were made of better stuff than we knew.

Yet there is another factor to the immense impact he has had on my life.

My father came to the United States as a child, the son of immigrants who fled Communist Czechoslovakia. They were contemporaries of the pope whose faith…

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