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Date published: 2005/04/02

The BBC says:

The Pope has died at the age of 84, after becoming one of the longest-serving pontiffs in history.

Pope John Paul II died at 2137 local time (1937 GMT) on Saturday following a series of worsening health problems including heart failure.

Obviously the big story of the day. Anyone who lasts as Pope (or any other top job) for 26 years is bound to have made a big impact on the world, and he will probably be remembered as one of the greatest Popes, not only because of longevity but because he was such a sincere person. But he might be remembered most for actively opposing all forms of birth control, which is a disasterous policy for the planet in the 21st century. And fundamentally there is a contradiction between being the head of one of the richest institutions in the world, and espousing hope and pleading for justice for the world's poor.

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