As millions mourn the death of Pope John Paul II, Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute remarks on the Pope's legacy as someone who championed human freedom and was one of the most eloquent critics of communism.
Cathleen Falsani writes in the Chicago Sun Times:
"He stood up to the Communists and encouraged organized labor as archbishop of Krakow. He is said to have been the force -- spiritual and otherwise -- behind the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of communism in Eastern Europe."
As Krakow's Cardinal, Karol Wojtila pronounced:
"Freedom is offered to man and given to him as a task. He must not only possess it but also conquer it. He must recognize the work of his life in a good use, in an increasingly good use of his liberty. This is the truly essential, the fundamental work, on which the value and the sense of his whole life depend."