2 April 2005
The legacy of John Paul II
Or one, at least:
If we want a springtime of the human spirit, we must rediscover the foundations of hope. Above all, society must learn to embrace once more the great gift of life, to cherish it, to protect it, and to defend it against the culture of death, itself an expression of the great fear that stalks our times. One of your most noble tasks as Bishops is to stand firmly on the side of life, encouraging those who defend it and building with them a genuine culture of life.
(From his ad limina address to the bishops of California, Nevada and Hawaii, October 1998.)