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Pope John Paul II

  • Polish saint
  • Born May 18, 1920
  • Died April 2, 2005

Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła; [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛv vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted his predecessor's name in tribute to him.


The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.




Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire.




Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.




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.




Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.




Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore... prove ultimately futile.




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.




As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.




I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing.




Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.




Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.




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.




Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.




The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.




Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.




Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.

Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.




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.




Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.




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.




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.




When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.




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.




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?




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.




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.




There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best.




The future starts today, not tomorrow.

The future starts today, not tomorrow.




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.

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.




Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.




Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.




From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.




War is a defeat for humanity.




You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.




Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.




I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.




An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.



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