Opinion

Pope John II had a special ministry to young people. What was most meaningful of that to you as a young Catholic and Christian?

``He had a strong and refreshing connection to us. But he was always so inclusive and accepting of those of any faith.''

Meghan Brandabur

18

Eastside Catholic High School

``His acceptance. He would accept others whether they were Catholic or not.''

Alex Persing

18

Bellevue Community College

``His reaching out to all no matter what their faith -- that has had an influence on me.''

Molly Morey

15

Homeschooled

``He has set a wonderful example. It has helped me in my faith life.''

Leah Sheppard

15

homeschooled

``Even on television you could see the love he had for everyone.''

Patrick Brown

15

homeschooled/BCC

``Unlike other popes, he understood that youth are important. He loved us and told us that God loved us.''

Beatrice Rodig

14

Forest Ridge

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