Remembering Pope John Paul II

60 Minutes reports on one of the most beloved popes of all time: John Paul II

All eyes were on Pope Francis today to see how he performed in his first Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Here at Overtime we thought it would be a good time to ask: What exactly makes a good pope? We took a look in our archives and found this segment, reported by Scott Pelley, about one of the world's most beloved popes, John Paul II, who died 8 years ago this week.

"John Paul II will retain, long after his death, a powerful influence over the American church," said Pelley just after the pope's death. And in this report, Pelley found the bearers of John Paul's legacy at the North American Pontifical College -- the West Point of seminaries -- where students referred to themselves as "John Paul's soldiers."

Pelley found that Pope John Paul II cared deeply for this seminary and the men who would become his living legacy. The 60 Minutes correspondent met with several young seminarians, and he found them to be intellectual, passionate about evangelism, and much more conservative than the generation of American priests before them. In the above video, you'll hear them discuss John Paul's views on women in the church, celibacy, birth control, abortion, and genetic research.

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  • Laura Kuhn

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