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.
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Book title: The Rhetoric of Pope John Paul II:The Pastoral Visit as a New Vocabulary of the Sacred.
Contributors: Margaret B. Melady - Author.
Publisher: Praeger Publishers.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1999.
Page number: 51.
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