Television: Pope John Paul, Times II

A pair of TV movies honors the Pontiff as a man but sidesteps his controversies as a church leader

When you become Pope, you become a prisoner of the Vatican," worries rising young priest Karol Wojtyla in Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (ABC, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. E.T.). He would prove himself wrong, taking more than 100 overseas trips and becoming a hugely influential and popular figure--enough so that his death is marked, less than a year later, by two network specials (though not enough so that either was scheduled during sweeps).

ABC's movie and CBS's Pope John Paul II (Dec. 4, 9 p.m. E.T., and Dec. 7, 8 p.m. E.T.) cover the same birth-to-death...

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