Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 17, Issue 7/8, 2007

New Stages of Universalism: Complementarity of Secular & Sacred

Napoleon Ono Imaah
Pages 133-148

The Unity of Opposites in Architecture
John Paul II in Laborem Exercens

The epic life of Pope John Paul II touches virtually all aspects of the human being in time and space. His successful world outreach achieves unprecedented superlative proportions in his search for universal harmonies among peoples, cultures and religions. Significantly, his death confirms the success of his positive mission on the Earth as his death caused an extraordinary unity of people, cultures, and religions during his funeral. No one else has unified such opposing opposites in a memorial service in a millennium! Thus, Pope John Paul II by his calling served the sacred; his deeds achieve a synchronized symphony of the sacred and secular. This paper examines the views of Pope John Paul II, as expressed in Laborem Excercens, through the concept of the unity of opposites in sacred and secular architecture.