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By Pope Saint John Paul II

Known as the Pilgrim Pope, a pope of the folks, John Paul II hooked up along with his flock from the top to the bottom. He used to be one in every of history's so much cherished popes between Catholics and non-Catholics alike, a guy whose indomitable spirit touched and taught us all. A yr with John Paul II showcases his most vital teachings in addition to his inspirational writings, in a regular devotional structure that may motivate readers and deepen their reflections and meditations. With a foreword by means of Cardinal William W. Baum, head of the Holy See's significant prison and previous archbishop of Washington DC, an advent by means of Bishop William Murphy, and a relocating eulogy composed for the pope's funeral through Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), A yr with John Paul II will take readers on a year-long non secular trip with this deeply spiritual and encouraging guy. Karol Wojyla was once born on may perhaps 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He survived the Nazi career in the course of international battle II and was once ordained to the priesthood in 1946. He used to be appointed archbishop of Krakow via Pope Paul VI. On October sixteen, 1978, he ascended to the papacy, taking the identify John Paul II. in the course of his papacy he greeted an predicted 16 million pilgrims on the Vatican's common audiences. Pope John Paul II died in April 2005.

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We try to thrust the Cross away from us, because morality is the Cross; and everything that has been written about the Cross in numerous studies, novels, and plays cannot be compared with the single concept of morality as Cross. Christian morality, and morality in general, means the Cross. We may even try to thrust the Cross away from us; but Christ did not thrust it from his shoulders; and therefore sin is conflict with Christ. The Way to Christ 25 January 24 R Dignity and Education Now Christ says: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

In fact, the more we move about in the dark and unknown areas of human reality, the better we understand that it is in the more difficult and disturbing situations that the dignity and grandeur of the human being emerges. The wounded humanity of the disabled challenges us to recognize, accept, and promote in each one of these brothers and sisters of ours the incomparable value of the human being created by God to be a son or a daughter in the Son. Discourse at the Vatican for the International Symposium on the Dignity and Rights of the Mentally Disabled Person, January 5, 2004 17 January 16 R Monasticism: A Natural Platform for Mutual Understanding God continues his work in you and with you in his own way, as Jesus foretold when speaking to his disciples: “In the world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

This is what happened in a unique and a perfect way to Mary, the most holy Mother of God. Discourse at the Vatican, July 18, 2004 19 January 18 R Ecumenism: A Search for Unity This year, the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was suggested by an ecumenical group in the city of Aleppo, Syria, which reminds me of the pilgrimage I had the joy of making to Damascus. I recall with special gratitude the warm welcome I received from the two Orthodox patriarchs and the Greek Catholic patriarch.

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