A strange event occurred on September 17, 1997 in Bologna, Italy. Bob Dylan sang and played for Pope John Paul II. The occasion was a religions congress for young people. It was a chance for the 77-year-old pontiff to spend time with young people. When he spoke to the crowd of 20,000 the Pope referred to a classic Dylan song: Blowin' in the Wind.

The Pope said the answer was indeed blowing in the wind, the wind that is the breath and life of the Holy Spirit. He answered the query of another Dylan song, "How many roads must a man walk before he becomes a man?" The pope said, "I answer you, One! There is only one road for man and it is Christ who said, 'I am the life."

-Robert Shannon, Preaching January/February 1998