Chuck Colson Praises Pope John
Paul II as Promoter of Christian Unity
By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. (ANS) -- Prison
Fellowship Founder and President Chuck Colson praised Pope John
Paul II as "one of the truly heroic figures of the 20th century."
Colson, whom TIME magazine credited as the Washington
power broker who helped cobble together an alliance of Evangelicals
and Catholic Conservatives, said Pope John Paul II, "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
Colson said that Joseph 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,"
said Colson in a statement released after the news of the Pope's
death on April 2.
"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," Colson
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Michael Ireland is an international British
freelance journalist. A former reporter with a London newspaper,
Michael is the Chief Correspondent for ASSIST News Service of
Garden Grove, Calif. Michael immigrated to the United States in
1982 and became a U.S. citizen in September 1995. He is married
with two children. Michael has also been a frequent contributor
to UCB Europe, a British Christian radio station.
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