The Rhetoric of Pope John Paul II
Every Sunday morning, a member of the Roman Catholic clergy addresses his flock after a reading from one of the Gospels. These homilies ordinarily last between 10 and 20 minutes and allow the priest an opportunity to interpret the Gospel message from that day's reading, as well as discuss how that message relates to contemporary events and issues.
During the final two months of his life, Pope John Paul II provided a longer, more powerful symbolic homily to the world. The message summarized his positions on freedom, suffering, and the dignity of human life.
Copyright © 2009, Lexington Books. Chapter is from The Rhetoric of Pope John Paul II, by Joesph R. Bailey and Joesph P. Zompetti. Reproduced by permission of Lexington Books; all rights reserved.
Place of Publication
Valenzano, Joesph M., "His Final Homily: Pope John Paul II's Death as an Affirmation of His Life's Message" (2009). Communication Faculty Publications. 17.