John Paul II by Pope John Paul II
Lessons for Living

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Lessons from the most beloved spiritual leader of our time Lessons for Living presents the essential pastoral wisdom of Pope John Paul II. These short, eloquent selections, culled from more than two decades of the pope’s writings and speeches, capture the clarity of John Paul’s insight and the fervor of his faith. Each page presents an inspirational lesson that encourages us to draw closer to God, helping us live as faithful Christians in a sometimes challenging world. Become friends to those who have no friends. Become family to those who have no family. Become community to those who have no community. May we all share what we have with one another as children of the one God who loves everyone and who offers to everyone the gift of peace.
—Pope John Paul On October 16, 1978, Karol Wojtyla ascended to the papacy and adopted the name John Paul II. Since that time, he has greeted an estimated 16 million pilgrims at the Vatican’s General Audiences on Wednesdays and has touched
millions of lives in his religious ceremonies, special audiences, and trips throughout the world.

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Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. He studied poetry and drama at Jagiellonian University. During World War II, he worked in a stone quarry and chemical factory while preparing for the priesthood. He received a Ph.D. from Rome's Angelicum Institute and a doctorate in theology at the Catholic University of Lublin. He was ordained in 1946 and became Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow in 1958. He was a university chaplain and taught ethics at Krakow and Lublin. In 1964, he became Archbishop of Krakow and in 1967, a Cardinal. On October 16, 1978, he was elected as the first non-Italian Pope since 1523. On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in an assassination attempt entering St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, but recovered fully. During the 1980's and 90's, the Pope visited Africa, Asia, the Americas and in 1993, to the Baltic republics, which was the first Papal visit to countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). He greatly influenced the restoring of democracy and religious freedom in Eastern Europe and reaffirmed the Roman Catholic teachings against homosexuality, abortion, "artificial" methods of reproduction, birth control and priest celibacy. He rejected the ordination of women and opposed direct political participation and office holding of priests. His extensive ethical and theological writings included Fruitful and Responsible Love, Sign of Contradiction, Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man), Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), and Ut Unum Sint (That They May Be One). After developing septic shock, he died on April 2, 2005. He was proclaimed venerable by Pope Benedict XVI on December 19, 2009 and was beatified on May 1, 2011. Joseph Durepos has served as the editor on three books: No Greater Love, Go in Peace, and John Paul II: Lessons for Living. He is the author of A Still More Excellent Way: How St. Paul Points Us to Jesus. He is the executive editor of acquisitions at Loyola Press.
Published August 1, 2004 by Loyola Press. 112 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The Pope in Winter: The Dark Face of John Paul II's Papacy by John Cornwell 329pp, Viking, £20.

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“Massive in scope and length, and written with the Pope’s cooperation, Weigel’s biography is sure to be the definitive work on Pope John Paul II for years to come.

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“John Paul II: The Story of My Life, Collected Memories” (Pauline Books & Media, $18.95, paperback) by John Paul II, compiled by Gaeta, is not perfect, but it is 98 percent well done.

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The New York Review of Books

It is hard to think of a pope since the thirteenth century whose Church is more relevant to its age than his.

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The New York Review of Books

Newsstands offer 2012 calendars with “Saint Giovanni Paolo II,” John Paul biographies, John Paul key chains, John Paul refrigerator magnets—but also the latest issue of MicroMega magazine, whose title, “The Great Obscurantist,” gives away its critical stance toward Karol Woytyla.

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The New York Review of Books

According to witnesses, Maciel and his uncle had a gigantic row behind closed doors, and one witness, a Legionary who had known Maciel since childhood, told the psychoanalyst González that the bishop’s rage had to do with the fact that Maciel was locking himself up in the boarding house where he ...

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Ten pages of interesting black and white photographs are included in Stories of Karol, which was the inspiration behind the Hallmark Channel movie A Man Who Became Pope During his almost twenty-seven years as the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II pronounced or wrote approximately 15,000 discourses a...

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