St Louis Post Dispatch
JOHN PAUL'S criticisms of materialism were part of a trip underwritten by Pepsi-Cola and several other companies. Pope John Paul won his battle with Communism, but his struggle to mount a spiritual critique of capitalism and a global commercial culture promises to be an even more complex task.
The New York Times
POPE JOHN Paul II is getting the kind of welcome America's youths usually reserve for rock stars. They cheer his motorcade. They pack his sermons. But when the lights go off and the stage comes down, it's not clear how closely they will adhere to the strictures of any organised religion. Many young Americans thirst for connection to a broader movement. But often they find it hard to commit to any one religion. Increasingly, they are looking to their own consciences, rather than any religious teaching, to sort out the truth. The danger is that youths will adopt an amorphous belief system that just won't last.
Christian Science Monitor
THIS IS the man who began his papacy with the words, "Be Not Afraid", the Pope who survived an assassin's bullet to help bring down the Soviet Union, who, for all his insights into the lock that the culture of death now holds on our century, will be remembered more for the hope he holds out against it. In this battle for authentic human freedom, John Paul has more allies than even he may know.
The Wall Street Journal