The Rhetoric of Pope John Paul II: The Pastoral Visit as a New Vocabulary of the Sacred

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about this pope, it is his narrow escape from an assassin's bullet. The event was kept alive by both John Paul II and the media who followed his story. The pope stressed a sacred interpretation, suggesting that his life may have been spared by God so as to continue the work of evangelization. The media focused on the possibility that the assassin was part of an international communist-led plot. Both interpretations, the sacred and the secular, enhanced each other's narrative. In this sense, the historical rhetorical persona of John Paul II presented a consistent foundation for his rhetorical strategy.


NOTES
1.
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2.
Patrick Granfield, "The Theology of the Church and Communication", The Church and Communication, ed. Patrick Granfield ( Kansas City, Missouri: Sheed & Ward, 1994), 1-18.
3.
Pontifical Commission for the Means of Social Communication, Communio et Progressio, in Church and Social Communication: Basic Docu- ments, ed. Franz-Joseph Eilers ( Manila: Logos Publications, Inc., 1993), no. 11, 76.
4.
Avery Dulles, "Vatican II and Communications", Vatican II, Assessment and Perspectives, vol. 3, ed. René Latourelle ( New York: Paulist Press, 1989), 528-537.
5.
Wilton Wynn, Keepers of the Keys ( New York: Random House, 1988), 136.
6.
Peter Hebblethwaite, The Year of Three Popes ( London: William Collins, 1978), 10-15.
7.
Peter Hebblethwaite, Paul VI. The First Modern Pope ( New York: Paulist Press, 1993), 374.
8.
Christine de Montclos, Les Voyages de Jean-Paul II ( Paris: Centurion, 1990), 16; and Peter Hebblethwaite, Paul VI. The First Modern Pope, 564.
9.
Peter Hebblethwaite, In the Vatican ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), 184.
10.
Jerrold M. Packard, Peter's Kingdom: Inside the Papal City ( New York: Charles Scribner's, 1985), 105; and Peter Hebblethwaite, In the Vatican, 54-56.
11.
Hebblethwaite, In the Vatican, 181.
12.
Packard, Peter's Kingdom, 117-118.
14.
Nick Thimmesch, "On the Secular Press", in The Pastoral Vision of John Paul II, ed. Joan Bland ( Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1982),

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Chapter I - Introduction 1
  • Notes 14
  • Chapter 2 - Between the Sacred and Chaos 17
  • Notes 27
  • Chapter 3 - Background to the Visits 31
  • Notes 51
  • Chapter 4 - Sensing the Faithful 53
  • Notes 92
  • Chapter 5 - Textual Address: Audience Identification and Characterization 99
  • Notes 132
  • Chapter 6 - Textual Analysis: Symbol Choice 139
  • Notes 168
  • Chapter 7 - Visits as Performance 175
  • Chapter 8 - Push and Pull of Sacred and Secular 203
  • Notes 232
  • Appendix 235
  • Selected Bibliograpby 237
  • Index 251
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