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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II, The Catholic Chruch, Prayer, Answering His Call Pope John Paul II: Biography and On-Line Writings

by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.

 

(scroll down for a list of online writings) Life: Karol Wojtyla, otherwise known as Pope John Paul II, was certainly one of the most widely talented and broadly experienced men ever to have occupied the chair of St. Peter.  Born in 1920 to a devout Polish family, Pope John Paul II endured the loss of his  mother at age 9, the death of his only brother a few years later, and, amidst the horrors of the Nazi occupation, finally his beloved father.  

 

In the face of such tragedy, many would indulge in self-pity and would preoccupy themselves with self-preservation.  Adversity had the opposite effect on Karol Wojtyla.  He responded to it by deciding to give of himself still more generously.  And so in his twenties, amidst forced labor in a quarry under the German conquerers, Karol entered a clandestine seminary and continued his studies under the oppression of the Communist "liberators." 

 

Actor, athlete, philosopher, professor, pastor, and disciple, he became first a priest in 1946, then the youngest Polish auxiliary bishop of modern history (at age 38).  It was in this capacity that the future Pope John Paul II traveled to Rome in 1962 to attend the first session of the Second Vatican Council.  His holiness and brilliance being impossible to hide, he caught the eye of Pope Paul VI and was named Cardinal Archbishop of Cracow in 1967.  Eleven years later, in October 1978, the world was stunned when he was elected the Successor of Peter, the first Polish Pope. 

 

 In the history of the Papacy, no Pope has traveled more extensively or has written more profusely than Pope John Paul II.  Only Pius IX and St. Peter himself pastored the universal church as long as he.  While all previous popes of the twentieth century combined canonized 98 saints, Pope John Paul II himself canonized 464 saints during the course of his pontificate.  Many have suggested that someday Pope John Paul's name will be followed by "the Great," an honor bestowed by popular acclamation upon only two prior popes, Theology of the Body, Christopher West, Pope John Paul II, Love, Sex and the Catholic Church, Christopher West, Pope John Paul IIPopes St. Gregory I and St. Leo I.  For a fuller biography of this amazing man, click here.  For an overview of the highlights of the first twenty years of Pope John Paul II's Pontificate, click here.

 

We have created sections of the Library dedicated to learning more about the teachings of Pope John Paul II: Theology of the Body contains his teachings on Human Sexuality as well as articles by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio and Christopher West which will help break down the teachings of Pope John Paul II into more digestible segments. We also have a special section of the Library dedicated to the Papacy, which will answer many questions about the meaning and workings of the Papacy that the death of our Holy Father John Paul II has raised.


Peter, the Pope and InfallibilityPeter, the Pope and Infallibility   

As we mourn the death of Pope John Paul II and celebrate his memory and extraordinary legacy, questions are raised by Catholics and Non- Catholics about the nature of the Papacy and where it came from. Peter, the Pope and Infallibility by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio will help answer many of the questions that people may ask during this time of mourning. This CD (or AT) is 45 minutes in length and was given during Dr. D’Ambrosio Summer 2004 pilgrimage to Rome.

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Title Category Excerpt Download
Ad Tuendam Fidem-Pope John Paul II on Protecting the Faith Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Revelation and the Word of God
No
Canonization of Juan Diego Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Catholic Saints
No Download
Catechesis in our Time (Catechesi Tradendae)-John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Evangelization
No
Catholic Universities-Pope John Paul II Ex Corde Ecclesiae Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle
No
Centenary of Catholic Social Teaching-John Paul II Centesimus Annus Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle
No
Christfideles Laici -John Paul II on Lay Vocation Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle,
Church (ecclesiology)
No
Christian Wisdom-Pope John Paul II Sapientia Christiana Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Virtues & Christian Character
No
Coming of the Third Millennium-John Paul II Tertio Millennio Adveniente Evangelization No
Cyril and Methodius-Pope John Paul II Slavorum Apostoli Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Evangelization,
Catholic Saints
No
Dies Domini (On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy) -- Pope John Paul II Liturgy and 7 Sacraments,
Christian Lifestyle
No Download
Dignity and Vocation of Women-John Paul II Mulieris Dignitatem Papal Encyclicals (etc) No
Dominicae Cenae--John Paul II on the Eucharist Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Liturgy and 7 Sacraments,
Eucharist
No
Ecclesia de Eucharistia--John Paul II on the Eucharist Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Liturgy and 7 Sacraments,
Eucharist
No
Election of the Pope-Pope John Paul II Universi Dominici Gregis Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Current Topics,
Papacy
No
Faith and Reason-Pope John Paul II Fides et Ratio Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Revelation and the Word of God
No
Familiaris Consortio--John Paul II on the Family Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Marriage and Family,
Theology of the Body
No
Gospel of Life--John Paul II Evangelium Vitae Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Current Topics,
Morality and Ethics
No
How to Elect a Pope - Pope John Paul II Papacy No Download
Human Work-John Paul II Laborem Exercens Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle
No
I Am the Vine, You are the Branches - Pope John Paul II Easter Season,
Papal Encyclicals (etc)
No
Jesus Christ Redeemer of Man-John Paul II Redemptor Hominis Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Incarnation -- God Becomes Man in Jesus Christ,
Passion of Christ
No
John Paul IIs Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe Blessed Virgin Mary,
Pope John Paul II - In Memory
No Download
Letter to Artists -- Pope John Paul II Christian Lifestyle,
Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit
No Download
Letter to Families-Pope John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Marriage and Family
No
Letter to Women-Pope John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle
No
Light from the East-Pope John Paul II Orientale Lumen Papal Encyclicals (etc) No
Lord and Giver of Life (1986) John Paul II on the Holy Spirit Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit
No
Mane Nobiscum Domine - Pope John Paul II on the Eucharist Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Liturgy and 7 Sacraments,
Prayer and Spirituality,
Eucharist
No Download
Mission of the Redeemer-John Paul II Redemptoris Missio Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Evangelization
No
Mother of the Redeemer-John Paul II Redemptoris Mater Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Incarnation -- God Becomes Man in Jesus Christ,
Blessed Virgin Mary
No
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis--John Paul II on Male Priesthood Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Liturgy and 7 Sacraments,
Church (ecclesiology)
No
Personal Relationship to Jesus According to John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle,
Evangelization
Yes Download
Pope John Paul II - Last Will and Testament No Download
Pope John Paul II's Homily Announcing the Year of the Eucharist, the Source and Summit Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Liturgy and 7 Sacraments,
Eucharist
No Download
Prayers of Pope John Paul II Prayer and Spirituality,
Pope John Paul II - In Memory
Yes Download
Quotes from Pope John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc) Yes Download
Reconciliation and Penance-Pope John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Liturgy and 7 Sacraments
No
Rich in Mercy-John Paul II Dives in Misericordia Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Trinity
No
Rosary-John Paul II Rosarium Virginis Mariae Prayer and Spirituality,
Blessed Virgin Mary
No
Salvifici Doloris (Christian Meaning of Human Suffering) -- John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle
No
Social Concern of the Church-John Paul II Sollicitudo Rei Socialis Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Christian Lifestyle,
Morality and Ethics
No
Spiritus et Sponsa -- John Paul II on the Liturgy and Vatican II Second Vatican Council,
Liturgy and 7 Sacraments
No
Splendor of Truth-John Paul II Veritatis Splendor Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Revelation and the Word of God
No
Sr. Faustina Kowalska and Divine Mercy- Pope John Paul II Easter Season,
Prayer and Spirituality,
Catholic Saints
No Download
St. Thomas More Patron of Statesmen-Pope John Paul II Papal Encyclicals (etc),
Virtues & Christian Character,
Catholic Saints
No Download
St. Joseph Guardian of the Redeemer-John Paul II Redemptoris Custos Incarnation -- God Becomes Man in Jesus Christ,
Catholic Saints
No Download
That They May Be One-John Paul II Ut Unum Sint on Ecumenism Papal Encyclicals (etc) No

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