The enduring appeal of Pope St. John Paul II to youth

The official biographer of the Polish pope explains John Paul II’s unique magnetism for the young. He was transparently honest, and he did not pander. “You will fail,” the pope said. “But never surrender. Get up, dust yourself off, seek reconciliation and penance. But never, ever lower the bar of expectation. Christ is with you, and he will never forsake you. Don’t forsake him.”