John Paul II by Mary Ann Walsh
A Light for the World, Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of

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When Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope on October 16, 1978, he became the first Slavic Pope in history and the first non-Italian in 455 years. Taking the name John Paul II, the new Pope delivered a message in his first homily in St. Peter's Square that has resounded throughout his entire papacy: "Be not afraid!" Created for the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as Pope, John Paul II: A Light for the World provides a celebration in photographs and words of the courageous pastor who guides more than one billion Catholics and has made his mark on history the world over. Elegantly designed and produced, John Paul II: A Light for the World features over 140 photographs—many of which seldom have been seen outside the Vatican—by official Vatican photographers who have captured the Pope's remarkable life and ministry for two and a half decades. These beautiful photographs are accompanied by selections from the Pope's own speeches and writings as well as essays and personal reflections by scholars and friends that provide insight into the public and private person of Pope John Paul II. Organized into three sections—Pastor, Pilgrim, Prophet—more than forty essays by staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops explore the depth and breadth of the themes central to John Paul's papacy, while nearly thirty personal reflections by cardinals, bishops, and others who have had personal encounters with the Pope reveal his profoundly human, and often humorous, side. A joint effort between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Communications Campaign and Sheed & Ward, John Paul II: A Light for the World is the definitive commemoration of John Paul II's twenty-fifth anniversary as Pope. The book opens with a personal greeting from Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State; a foreword by Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations; an introduction by Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the USCCB; and a historical sketch by John Thavis, Rom

About Mary Ann Walsh

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Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, Deputy Director for Media Relations, USCCB Department of Communications, is a member of the Albany Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and holds a master's degree in English from the College of St. Rose and a master's degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. She has prepared media relations strategies, spoken on media topics for Unda-USA, the Society for Professional Journalists, and Virginia State Press Association. She also was producer of the award-winning video, Five Extraordinary Days, about World Youth Day '93. She has been honored for her work by several groups, including the New York State Bar Association, New York Press Association, and the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Catholic Press Association, and Inda-USA, now known as the Catholic Academy for Communications Arts Professionals.
Published September 5, 2003 by Sheed & Ward. 256 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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