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And if this isn't a display of popular sentiment, I don't know what is. The Pope is being praised in equal measure by George W. Bush and Fidel Castro. All around the world, millions and millions of people are praying, and praising the good example of the most intense and public proclamation of Christ crucified from the last hundred years (I would say): the life and death of John Paul II. I can't say how excited I am about this conversion of the media, temporary though it doubtless is. But the potential for good is great, so to speak. This "media event" has the potential to reach millions more, and (let us pray) to change lives and convert hearts.