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Papal biographer presents John Paul II as consummate politician
    Pope John Paul II is "a new kind of pope" who has been able to shape history through "a new kind of interaction between the papacy and the world of power," his biographer, George Weigel, said in a New York lecture.
    CNS quotes Weigel as suggesting that Pope John Paul's impact on contemporary life 'has not come from deploying what political realists recognise as the instruments of political power', but through use of 'a different set of levers'.
    He said: "The power of his papacy lies in a charism of moral persuasion capable of being translated into political effectiveness."
    Weigel, the author of "Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II" (HarperCollins, 1999) and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, made his comments last week in the Erasmus Lecture sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Life.