MercyMe releases the song "I Can Only Imagine." This is not only a major hit on the Contemporary Christian music charts, but over the next two years also crosses over to Billboard Magazine's Adult Contemporary, Hot 100 and Country Music charts. On the country charts, the song competes with a cover by Jeff Carson (who had earlier covered Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses").
September: Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Pope John Paul travels to the largely Muslim nations of Kazakhstan and Armenia, to participate in the celebration of the 1700 years of Christianity in those nations.
November 22: Pope John Paul II apologizes for past missionary abuses against indigenous peoples of the South Pacific.