CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF HOPE, JOHN PAUL II
HOW THIS BOOK CAME TO BE
IN OCTOBER OF 1993 JOHN PAUL II WOULD complete fifteen years of his papacy. For the occasion the Holy Father accepted Italian Radio and Television’s proposal for a televised interview that would be transmitted by the major networks around the world. It would have been the first ever in the history of the papacy, a history which, over the centuries, has experienced just about everything. But never before had a successor to Peter participated in a live televised interview with a journalist whose questions were entirely of his own making.
I was told that I had been chosen to conduct the interview because of the many religious books—especially The Ratzinger Report (1985)—and articles I have written over the years, with the freedom of a layman, but also as a believer who knows that the Church is given not only to the clergy but to each of the baptized.
The Pope, however, did not take into consideration how relentless his schedule would be in September, which was the deadline for filming, and allowed enough time for the director and technicians to work on the material before the broadcast. In the end, the Pope’s many obligations prevented his participation and the project fell through at the last moment.