John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II), sometimes called John Paul the Great, born Karol Józef Wojtyła, reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was the second-longest serving Pope in history and the first non-Italian since 1523.
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As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
The worst prison would be a closed heart.
To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
It's better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flow silently through the soul and cleanses the heart.
The unworthy successor of Peter who desires to benefit from the immeasurable wealth of Christ feels the great need of your assistance, your prayers, your sacrifice, and he most humbly asks this of you.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition.
Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
The future starts today, not tomorrow.
It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman.
War is a defeat for humanity.
I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.
You are priests, not social or political leaders.
Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.
The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church.
a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.
What have I done with my baptism and confirmation? Is Christ really at the center of my life? Do I have time for prayer in my life? Do I live my life as a vocation and mission?
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty.
We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.
Christian holiness does not being sinless, but rather it means struggling not to give in and always getting up after every fall.
Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing.
Contraception contradicts the full truth of the sexual act as the proper expression of conjugal love.
He has chosen you, in a mysterious but real way, to make you saviors with Him and like Him. Yes, Christ calls you, but He calls you in truth. His call is demanding, because He invites you to let yourselves be 'captured' by Him completely, so that your whole lives will be seen in a different light.
It can therefore be said that, from the viewpoint of the doctrine of the faith, there are no difficulties in explaining the origin of man in regard to the body, by means of the theory of evolution.
Attention is riveted on what is tangible, useful, instantly available;
the stimulus for deeper thought and reflection may be lacking. Yet human beings have a vital need for time and inner quiet to ponder and examine life and its mysteries... Understanding and wisdom are the fruit of a contemplative eye upon the world, and do not come from a mere accumulation of facts, no matter how interesting.
The Rosary is my favorite prayer.
My desire is for the young people of the entire world to come closer to Mary.
She is the bearer of an indelible youthfulness and beauty that never wanes. May young people have increasing confidence in her and may they entrust their lives to her.
Let science tell us what and how. Let religion tell us who and why.
The measure of your success will be the measure of your generosity.
The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.
Offer Christ your heart in meditation and personal prayer which is the foundation of the spiritual life.
There must be a cooperation of all who believe in God, knowing that authentic religiousness - far from placing individuals and peoples in conflict with one another - rather pushes them together to build a world of peace.
The animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren. All animals are fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect and they are as near to God as men are.
Only a socially just country has the right to exist.
A man shows himself a true disciple of Christ by carrying the cross in his turn every day in the activity that he is called to perform.
When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to Christ, who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ, who is the fulfillness of humanity. And when you wonder about your role in the future of the world
The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and a theologically rich in Biblical content. I beg you to pray it.
Furthermore, because God created it, The human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve its splendour and its beauty.
Interdependence must be transformed into solidarity based upon the principle that the goods of creation are meant for all. That which human industry produces through the processing of raw materials with the contribution of work must serve equally for the good of all.
From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.
Confidently open your most intimate aspirations to the Love of Christ who waits for you in the Eucharist. You will receive the answer to all your worries and you will see with joy that the consistency of your life which He asks of you is the door to fulfill the noblest dreams of your youth.
The United Nations organization has proclaimed 1979 as the Year of the Child.
Are the children to receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?
Another key element of human ecology is the inviolability of human life, especially at its beginning and its end. The Holy See insistently proclaims that the first and most fundamental of all human rights is the right to life, and that when this right is denied all other rights are threatened. The assumption that abortion and euthanasia are human rights deserving legislative sanction is seen by the Holy See as a contradiction which amounts to a denial of the human dignity and freedom which the law is supposed to protect. A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying.
Look, I can surely say by now that I've got the antibodies to communism inside me. But when I think of consumer society, with all its tragedies, I wonder which of the two systems is better.
I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.
Violence is a crime against humanity, for it destroys the very fabric of society.
The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family --a domestic church.
Deepen you knowledge of Jesus which ends loneliness, overcomes sadness and uncertainty, gives real meaning to life, curbs passions, exalts ideals, expands energies in charity, brings light into decisive choices. Let Christ be for you the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.
Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.
The most faithful disciples of Christ have been builders of peace, to the point of forgiving their enemies, sometimes even to the point of giving their lives for them.