Chuck Colson Lauds Pope John Paul II as Promoter of Christian Unity

Prison Fellowship Ministries
Saturday, 2 April 2005

"Pope John Paul II was one of the truly heroic figures of the 20th century"

Prison Fellowship Founder and President Chuck Colson, whom TIME magazine credited as the Washington power broker who "helped cobble together an alliance of Evangelicals and Catholic conservatives," released the following statement today:

"Pope John Paul II was one of the truly heroic figures of the 20th century. He will be remembered not only as a great leader, but as one of the handful of people singularly responsible for the collapse of the Soviet empire. Stalin once derisively asked, 'How many divisions does the Pope have?' John Paul II answered that question and changed the world.

"I had the honor of meeting his Holiness, and I have actively been a part of a collaborative fellowship called Evangelicals and Catholics Together. The Pope's willingness to reach out to Christians outside of the Roman Catholic faith was critical to promoting unity across the Christian family. His vision, his determination, and his loving spirit will be missed by Christians around the world."

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