A Pope for All Seasons

After TIME had decided to name John Paul II Person of the Year in late 1994, I and several colleagues traveled to Rome to talk with him. He was still quite vigorous then, and noted during our audience at the Vatican that though he realized that in the past TIME had picked Lech Walesa and Pope John XXIII, the magazine also had selected Stalin and Hitler. One of my colleagues remarked wryly that TIME actually kept two lists--one good and one bad--and that he was on the good list. "I hope I always remain on the good list," said the Pope...

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