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Referred to as the Pilgrim Pope, a pope of the folks, John Paul II hooked up together with his flock from the top to the bottom. He was once one in every of history's so much cherished popes between Catholics and non-Catholics alike, a guy whose indomitable spirit touched and taught us all. A yr with John Paul II showcases his most vital teachings in addition to his inspirational writings, in an everyday devotional structure that would motivate readers and deepen their reflections and meditations. With a foreword through Cardinal William W. Baum, head of the Holy See's significant detention center and previous archbishop of Washington DC, an creation by way of Bishop William Murphy, and a relocating eulogy composed for the pope's funeral through Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), A yr with John Paul II will take readers on a year-long non secular trip with this deeply spiritual and encouraging guy. Karol Wojyla was once born on could 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He survived the Nazi career in the course of global conflict II and was once ordained to the priesthood in 1946. He used to be appointed archbishop of Krakow by way of Pope Paul VI. On October sixteen, 1978, he ascended to the papacy, taking the identify John Paul II. in the course of his papacy he greeted an expected 16 million pilgrims on the Vatican's normal audiences. Pope John Paul II died in April 2005.

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From the beginning of my pontificate I have chosen to travel to the ends of the earth in order to show this missionary concern. My direct contact with peoples who do not know Christ has convinced me of the urgency of missionary activity, a subject to which I am devoting the present encyclical. The Second Vatican Council sought to renew the Church’s life and activity in the light of the needs of the contemporary world. The council emphasized the Church’s “missionary nature,” basing it in a dynamic way on the trinitarian mission itself.

Christians, especially on Sundays, are called to meet and listen to the Lord. This happens most completely through participation in the Holy Mass, and during sacred services, during which Christ prepares the Banquet of the Word and the Bread of Life for the faithful, but other moments of prayer and reflection, of rest and brotherhood can also be profitably combined to make the Lord’s Day holy. When through the action of the Holy Spirit God takes up his dwelling in the heart of believers, it becomes easier for them to serve the brethren.

Jesus says in the Gospel: “I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt. 25:36). He feels solidarity with your condition and encourages everyone who shares your problems. His death on the cross is also a supreme witness to love and acceptance. Crucified between two men condemned to the same punishment, he promises salvation to the good thief who repented: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). An act of extreme mercy, an extreme gift that can give confidence even to those who feel totally lost.

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