Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me - a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.— Pope Benedict XVI
Promising Pope John Paul quotations
George W. Bush, who said to Pope John Paul II, Give us a visit, and bring the missus. Never got a dinner!
Pope John Paul II not only visited Nigeria twice but stood by the country in its fight against dictatorship and injustice.
It is with extreme sadness that we hear of the passing of the leader of the world's Catholics, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, who commanded the three paths of religious learning, philosophical thought and poetical and artistic creativity.
We have lost a very important religious figure who dedicated his life to peace and justice for all. [on the death of Pope John Paul II
In the John Paul II days, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had the advantage of staying in his cupboard - the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - exchanging views only with the Pope, and speaking publicly only through carefully written missives on doctrinal issues.
Pope John Paul II not only was a powerful spiritual leader for Catholics but also a world leader of extraordinary consequence during the last quarter-century.
Pope John Paul would be more popular if he called himself Pope John Paul George and Ringo.
Pope John Paul II's press secretary, who said, See, if only the Pope were Italian, he woulda shot back! Never got a dinner!
Confession is something we will never outgrow, even if we become the saints God made us to be. Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta were revered even during their lifetime; but both made frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I found myself immediately attracted to Pope John Paul II when, upon his election to the Papacy, his published speeches invariably called attention to the need for recognizing the dignity of the human being as a child of God.
The last person to be beatified by Pope John Paul II was Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 2003.
For us Catholics, John Paul II will be remembered as a traveling Pope .
.. and we should also remember he preached world peace. When the United States invaded Iraq, for example, John Paul II said it was an illegal and immoral act.
Pope John Paul, a man of peace and compassion, was one of the most revered leaders of our time.
The death of Pope John Paul II led many of different faiths and of no faith to acknowledge their debt to the Roman Catholic Church for holding on to absolutes that the rest of us can measure ourselves against.
Pope John Paul II brought hope to all corners of the world, to people of all faiths and backgrounds, with his powerful belief in the human spirit.
The emphasis on the "peripheries" is also a distinctively "Franciscan" way of expressing the pope's respect for untutored popular piety - a respect, I might add, that was shared by St. John Paul II.
[Pope Francis] did something that both his two predecessors had failed to do - John Paul II and Benedict. Francis met with the Russian patriarch of the Orthodox Church.
The hope is that papal calls for a New Pentecost, which go back to St.
John XXIII, and papal calls for a New Evangelization, which go back to Vatican II and especially to St. John Paul II, can come together. Pope Francis' vision is to bring together the reality of a New Pentecost with the urgency of a New Evangelization.
John XXI was a very great pope and he's the one who actually corrected the liturgy. He did so because of his friend Jules Isaac, a French Jewish historian who was a friend of John Paul, of John 23rd, and he convinced him and he changed the liturgy, no more Jew, the perfidious Jew and so forth and now, and don't speak any more of the Jews killing Christ. Things have changed.
Pope John Paul didn't die - he pre-boarded.
The Catholic Church [with Pope John Paul II] has lost its shepherd.
The world has lost a champion of human freedom.
Even if you're not a Catholic, even if you're not a Christian, in fact even if you have no religious faith at all, what people could see in Pope John Paul was a man of true and profound spiritual faith.
Public opinion aside, it will be up to the future pope to continue John Paul II's journey to sainthood. Many of the late pope's followers believe he is already there.
Over the last 2,000 years, 10,000 saints have been named, among them, 78 popes.
At the time of his death, Pope John Paul II had the distinction of naming 482 saints, more than all of his predecessors combined.
Those who saw Pope John Paul II either in person or through the mass media glimpsed a man who millions of Catholics believe may be one of the greatest popes in the history of the church.
In life, as in death, Pope John Paul II was one of the most visible people on Earth.
The pope has been called many things, historic figure, spiritual leader, moral force. But a growing chorus of voices has begun to refer to him as John Paul II the Great, in other words, as a saint.
Pope John Paul II was fascinated by the United States.
And I think he was initially surprised at the vigor of the Catholic Church in the United States. Maybe some of the press that we had gotten he found wasn't true. No, I think he suspected the church in the United States. Did he challenge us to some things? Sure, he did. But, no, I always - I think there was a good alliance. There was a good gel there.
Pope John Paul II himself was kind of a rather independent, creative man.
I remember being told by somebody who worked very close with him in preparation for his first visit to the United States in 1979, he studied our normative documents, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution. And he was amazed. He called his priests first thing in the morning and he said, he said, I thought America was a pagan country.
Pope John Paul II spoke with a lot of clarity and consistency.
But he always spoke with immense compassion. He's the one who said the best way to love somebody is to tell them the truth. So, he did that well.
I think, internally, we Catholics have known this for a long time.
I think we're just thrilled and grateful that the rest of the world now is sharing in the esteem and gratitude that we've had for Pope John Paul II for 26 and a half years.
I had the good fortune of living in Rome for seven years, from 1994 to 2001.
So, I kind of saw firsthand the impact that Pope John Paul II had on people.
Pope John Paul II is the great. Only two other popes had that title. Does that suggest there is going to be a move for canonization?
Around the globe, millions more are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Pope John Paul II .Could any other world leader have drawn so many people to one place?