This is an index of all files in the EWTN "John Paul II" Document Library as of 10/18/2013 sorted by library and title



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1. Papal Documents - JP890111.HTM - 'He descended into hell'
John Paul II

General Audience of Pope John Paul II on January 11, 1989

2. Papal Documents - JP951022.HTM - 'Lumen Gentium' Is Key to Council, Angelus
Pope John Paul II

10/22/95

3. Papal Documents - JP96YOUT.HTM - 'Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see'
John Paul II

This is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 12th World Youth Day to be held in Paris in 1997. In his Message the Pope invites us to reflect on these words of the Gospel in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. This file contains a translation of his Message, dated 15 August, which was written in Italian.

4. Papal Documents - JP2DILAM.HTM - Dilecti Amici
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed an Apostolic Letter, dated 31 March 1985, to the Youth of the Word, on the occasion of the International Youth Year. He took as his inspiration the words of Christ to young people in the Gospel, particularly the young man who asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" SALVATION CONSCIENCE COMMANDMENTS VOCATION SACRAMENTS MARRIAGE MATERIALISM CONSUMERISM EDUCATION WORK

5. Papal Documents - JP2OGNIQ.HTM - Ogni Qualvolta
Pope John Paul II

In August 1990, the Holy Father sent a Letter with the title Ogni Qualvolta to Bishop Paul Joseph Cordes, who was personally mandated to follow the apostolate of the Neocatechumenal Communities. At the time he was the Vice-President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The Holy Father recognized "the Neocatechumenal Way as an effective means of Catholic formation for society and for the present time". BAPTISM CHARISMS CATECHESIS EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY

6. Papal Documents - JP2SPIRI.HTM - Spiritus et Sponsa
Pope John Paul II

On the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Holy Father wrote this Apostolic Letter to review important thems of the Constitution, and to reflect on the degree of success achieved in its implementation. Introducing this document is a letter to Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. VATICAN II EUCHARIST DIVINE OFFICE LITURGY OF THE HOURS MUSIC SCRIPTURE WORD OF GOD PRAYER SUNDAY SILENCE

7. Papal Documents - JP2PR96.HTM - 1996 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests
Pope John Paul II

March 17, 1996.

8. Papal Documents - JPLENT96.HTM - 1996 Lenten Message
Pope John Paul II

'Give them something to eat' (Mt 14:16)

9. Papal Documents - JP970316.HTM - 1997 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests
John Paul II

For Holy Thursday 1997, given from the Vatican on March 16, 1997.

10. Papal Documents - JP2US.HTM - 1998 Ad Limina addresses to the U.S. Bishops
Pope John Paul II

Every five years diocesan bishops are required to make a visit "ad limina apostolorum" (to the 'doorstep' of the apostles), to pay their respects at the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul and to provide the Holy See with an accounting of their ministry during the previous 5 years.

Subjects include: spiritual hunger, proclaiming the truth, the mystery of the Church, the New Evangelization and catechesis, being men of supernatural faith and loyalty to Christ and the Church, priestly ministry and spiritual life, rights of students to the Church's teaching, the responsibility of lay people, consecrated life, forming consciences according to the objective moral order, encouraging those who defend life, fidelity to doctrinal foundations of the liturgical renewal and the role of law in the Church and marital nullity trials. LITURGY LATIN CHANT MASS EUCHARIST DOCTRINE PROLIFE UNITED STATES US

11. Papal Documents - JP2LNT04.HTM - 2004 Lenten Message
Pope John Paul II

With the theme, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me," the Holy Father's Lenten Message was issued for 2004. "Jesus' words call upon us to see how children are treated in our families, in civil society and in the Church." We are also reminded that believers must cultivate the "similicity and trust" of children, whose lot the Son of God chose to share, when He became little and poor. FAMILY AIDS ABUSE

12. Papal Documents - JP2UZHOR.HTM - 350th Anniversary of the Union of Uzhorod
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father celebrated the Union of Uzhorod (1646), which restored communion between an Orthodox Ruthenian community and the Catholic Church. The Pope encouraged Eastern Catholics to work for full, visible communion between the Catholic Church and all Orthodoxy. COUNCIL OF FLORENCE KOINONIA BYZANTINE RITE JUBILEE CYRIL METHODIUS

13. Papal Documents - JP2WWII.HTM - 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II
Pope John Paul II

Message of the Pope for the Anniverary. JOHN PAUL II WORLD WAR EUROPE

14. Papal Documents - JP2CONST.HTM - A Concilio Constantinopolitano I
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter to the Bishops of the World commemorating the 1600th anniversary of the First Council of Constantinople and the 1550th anniversary of the Council of Ephesus. GENERAL ECUMENICAL DOGMA DOCTRINE CREED

15. Papal Documents - JP2TB89.HTM - A Deeper Understanding of the Church and Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, looking more closely at the two-way analogy found in Ephesians 5, between the relationship of husband and wife and the relationship of Christ and His Church. MARRIAGE

16. Papal Documents - JP2TB119.HTM - A Discipline That Ennobles Human Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his reflections on Humanae Vitae, turning his attention to natural regulation of fertility, which is consistent with responsible parenthood, though artificial contraception is not. CHASTITY CONTINENCE NFP NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING LAW PROCREATION

17. Papal Documents - JP840828.HTM - A Discipline That Enobles Human Love
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 28, 1984. Seventh in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTRACEPTION FERTILITY REGULATION

18. Papal Documents - JP2TB27.HTM - A Fundamental Disquiet in All Human Existence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The shame experienced by man after his fall expressed a deeper shame, called "cosmic," reflecting a new disorder in his nature, by which not only was the relationship between man and woman affected, but the relationship between body and spirit. ORIGINAL SIN SEX

19. Papal Documents - JP971206.HTM - A Great History Still To Be Achieved
John Paul II

"The celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life which will be observed for the first time on 2 February, is intended to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels and, at the same time, is intended to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervour which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord", the Holy Father said in his Message for the first World Day for Consecrated Life. Here is a translation of his Message, which was written in Italian and dated Janurary 6, 1997.

20. Papal Documents - jp2testament.htm - A Life Entrusted to the Mercy of God
Pope John Paul II

This is a translation of excerpts of the Venerable John Paul II's Testament, written by the late Pontiff on 3 March 1979 and then integrated with subsequent additions. TOTUS TUUS MARTYRS PERSECUTION THIRD MILLENNIUM

21. Papal Documents - JP2JDE29.HTM - A Time of Grace for Every Family
Pope John Paul II

"The Jubilee...will be a favourable time to strengthen the bonds of affection in every family and to bring broken families together again", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 29 December 1999. In his talk, the Pope stressed the importance of the loving communion between husband and wife and between parents and children, of unfailing fidelity and openness to the gift of life, so that families may become ever more aware of their "important mission in the Church and in the world". MARRIAGE

22. Papal Documents - JP2DEC99.HTM - A Time of Grace for Every Family
Pope John Paul II

"The Jubilee...will be a favourable time to strengthen the bonds of affection in every family and to bring broken families together again", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, 29 December 1999. In his talk, the Pope stressed the importance of the loving communion between husband and wife and between parents and children, of unfailing fidelity and openness to the gift of life, so that families may become ever more aware of their "important mission in the Church and in the world". HOLY FAMILY MARRIAGE

23. Papal Documents - JP2EDPOL.HTM - Action Must Be Educational and Political
Pope John Paul II

In a letter to Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, Chairman of the US Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, the Holy Father commends the US Bishops on their recent statement, Living the Gospel of Life, and observes that the pro-life concern must be present in every aspect of the Church's pastoral activity. CULTURE OF DEATH

24. Papal Documents - JP2USPRO.HTM - Action must be educational and political
Pope John Paul II

In a letter in February 1999 to Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, the Holy Father reflects on the nature of authentic prolife action. ABORTION EUTHANASIA POLITICS DEMOCRACY PROTEST

25. Papal Documents - JJP2DCNS.HTM - Active Apostles of the New Evangelization
Pope John Paul II

On 18-20 February 2000, permanent deacons from around the world celebrated their Jubilee in Rome. At the Holy Father's audience with permanent deacons, he described their spirituality as one of service, which is threefold, catechetical, liturgical, and charitable. DEACONS HOLY DOOR CLERGY CONVERSION

26. Papal Documents - JP2ANTIL.HTM - Ad Limina Apostolorum: Bishops of Antilles
Pope John Paul II

On 7 May 2002, the Holy Father received the Bishops of the Antilles, for their visit ad limina Apostolorum. The Pope reminded the bishops that they are first and foremost priests, not corporate executives. He then spoke of the mission of the laity, which is to evangelize secular society, not to assume liturgical or administrative functions properly belonging to the priesthood. COMPLEMENTARITY INCULTURATION MISSIONARY SECULARIZATION CLERICALIZE VOCATIONS APOLOGETIC EVANGELIZATION

27. Papal Documents - JP2YOUTH.HTM - Ad Limina Apostolorum: Canadian Bishops – Quebec: Youth Need Sound Catechesis and Solid Sacramental Life
Pope John Paul II

An address,Thursday, 22 April, to the Bishops of Quebec, in which the Holy Father salutes their efforts to offer the young a renewed presentation of the faith, and to awaken their faith, especially within the framework of the family. The Pope also reminds the Bishops that the pastoral care of priestly vocations is an essential dimension of their ministry. WORLD YOUTH DAY ADOLESCENTS EDUCATION SPIRITUAL LIFE

28. Papal Documents - JP2ADTU.HTM - Ad tuendam fidem
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter of 15 July 1998, issued Motu Proprio, Ad Tuendam Fidem (To Protect the Faith) by which certain norms are inserted into the "Code of Canon Law" and into the "Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches." These changes reflect the content of the "Profession of Faith" promulgated in 1989 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the obligation of Catholics to believe "definitive teachings," and not just those defined by a solemn exercise of papal infallibility. DOGMA DOCTRINE MAGISTERIUM FAITH DISSENT OATH PROFESSION

29. Papal Documents - JP2APNUN.HTM - Address at Apostolic Nunciature, Astana
Pope John Paul II

In Astana on Sunday, 23 September, after the Mass at the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father gave this address at the Apostolic Nunciature to the Ordinaries of Central Asia, the Nuncio and the Papal Entourage. He spoke to them about the difficulties of their task of starting again. MARTYR EVANGEL COMMUNIS ECUMEN CONVERSION DIALOGUE

30. Papal Documents - JP2ARDAM.HTM - Address at Arrival in Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday afternoon, 5 May 2001, the Holy Father arrived in Syria at the international airport of Damascus, where he was met by various ecclesiastical and civil authorities, including the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Dr Bashar Al-Assad. The Holy Father spoke in English: "I come as a pilgrim of faith".  ECUMEN MUSLIM ORTHODOX

31. Papal Documents - JP2ETCHM.HTM - Address at Cathedral of Etchmiadzin
Pope John Paul II

On 25 September 2001, the Holy Father traveled from the airport to the Apostolic Cathedral of Etchmiadzin, where he joined in the ongoing ecclesial celebrations for the 1,700 years of Armenian fidelity to the Christian faith as a particular Church. He thanked Karekin II for his warm hospitality in receiving the Holy Father into his home. CHRIST GREGORY ILLUMINATOR ECUMEN

32. Papal Documents - JP2CONKZ.HTM - Address at Palace of Congress, Astana
Pope John Paul II

In his last public appearance, 24 September 2001, at the Palace of Congresses in Astana, the Holy Father addressed representatives from the world of culture, art and science. He condemned terrorism and expressed the Church's respect for Islam. ECUMEN EVANGEL TERROR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

33. Papal Documents - JP950520.HTM - Address at the Airport of Prague-Ruzyne, Czech Republic
Pope John Paul II

May 20, 1995 JOHN PAUL II CZECH REPUBLIC

34. Papal Documents - JP2AZERB.HTM - Address at the Presidential Palace, Azerbaijan
Pope John Paul II

On 22 May 2002, in Baku at the Presidential Palace, the Holy Father met with Religious Leaders and Representatives of Politics, Culture and the Arts. In his address the Holy Father highlighted the rich spiritual heritage of the culture of Azerbaijan, making a strong appeal for peace, respect and dialogue between the great monotheistic faiths. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MUSLIMS JEWS ORTHODOX DIGNITY PERSON BEAUTY HOLINESS

35. Papal Documents - JP2US95B.HTM - Address at Vespers, Newark Cathedral, October 4, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father offers encouragement to all the members of the Church in Newark and New Jersey, urging them to take an active part in the Church's mission of evangelization. He also affirms the role which the United Nations Organization is called to play in the service of world peace and solidarity.

36. Papal Documents - JP2BRICE.HTM - Address at Williams-Brice Stadium
Pope John Paul II

Given by Pope John Paul II at Columbia, S.C., on September 11, 1987. The Holy Father speaks about married life and the family. JOHN PAUL II BRICE STADIUM FAMILY MARRIAGE

37. Papal Documents - JP2CNGMD.HTM - Address of Holy Father on the Occasion of Receiving the Congressional Gold Medal
Pope John Paul II

On 8 January 2001, Pope John Paul II received a bipartisan delegation of 50 U.S. Congressmen and women, who presented him with the Congressional Gold Medal. In response, the Holy Father said that he had endeavored to "proclaim the word of God, which on the very first page of the Bible tells us that man and woman have been created in his very image and likeness. From this great truth, there flows all that the Church says and does to defend human dignity and to promote human life."

38. Papal Documents - JP2TRANS.HTM - Address of Holy Father to International Congress on Transplants
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father confirms the Church's positive attitude toward organ transplants, from willing donors, when the donor's death is certain. The Pope supplies clarification of the evidence sufficient for moral certainty that death has occurred. He also underlines the Church's rejection of human cloning to obtain organs. DIGNITY PERSON SOUL XENOTRANSPLANT

39. Papal Documents - JP850413.HTM - Address of John Paul II on the Apostleship of Prayer
Pope John Paul II

April 13, 1985

40. Papal Documents - JP2BUSH2.HTM - Address of the Holy Father to Pres. George W. Bush
Pope John Paul II

On 4 June 2004, the Holy Father received Mr George W. Bush, President of the U.S.A., together with his wife, Mrs Laura Bush, and entourage. The Pope recalled the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Rome and of the many American soldiers "who gave their lives for their Country and for the freedom of the peoples of Europe," and expressed his concern for the Middle East, international terrorism, and conditions in Africa. WORLD WAR II IRAQ ISRAEL PALESTINIANS

41. Papal Documents - JP950529.HTM - Address on 50th Anniversary of Pax Christi Movement
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father urges 'Pax Christi' to promote reconciliation on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. May 29, 1995. JOHN PAUL II PAX CHRISTI PEACE RECONCILIATION

42. Papal Documents - JP2FEED.HTM - Address on Breastfeeding
Pope John Paul II

Address of Friday, May 12, 1995 to the participants in a study session on breast-feeding, science and society organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society [of Great Britain]. JOHN PAUL II BREASTFEED INFANTS MOTHERS

43. Papal Documents - JP960113.HTM - Address on the occasion of the Exchange of Greetings with the Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul II

Saturday, January 13, 1996

44. Papal Documents - JP2SYRFA.HTM - Address to Catholic and Orthodox Faithful
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday evening 6 May 2001, the Holy Father went to the Syrian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George in Damascus where he met with clergy, religious men and women and important laity of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. "These will be the marks of our fidelity to God: to pray, to carry the Cross, to obey God's will, and to honour everyone as a brother or sister." ECUMEN

45. Papal Documents - JP2GRCAT.HTM - Address to Catholic Bishops of Greece
Pope John Paul II

In the late afternoon of Friday, 4 May 2001, after the visits to the President and the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens, the Holy Father met with the Catholic Bishops of Greece. "You are the 'frontier' Bishops: because of the particular conditions in which you are living, you greatly desire the obstacles which stand in the way of full union ... to be quickly overcome". ECUMEN ORTHODOX MEMORY

46. Papal Documents - JP2DIPLM.HTM - Address to Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul II

In an address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, gathered in the Apostolic Palace for the annual exchange of New Year's greetings, the Holy Father told the envoys that "it is up to the leaders of societies to safeguard the human race, ensuring that science is at the service of the human person, that people are never objects to be manipulated or to be bought and sold, that laws are never determined by commercial interests or by the selfish claims of minority groups". ECOLOGY TERROR PERSECUTION LIBERTY TECHNOLOGY ABORTION EUTHANASIA CULTURE

47. Papal Documents - JP2SYREC.HTM - Address to Ecumenical Gathering
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father together with His Beatitude Ignace I Hazim, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, His Holiness, Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, and other representatives of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities of the country met in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady in Damascus on Saturday evening of 5 May 2001. In his address, the Holy Father recalled the original unity of the first Christian communities in the Patriarchate of Antioch. SYRO-MALANKAR EASTER DATE

48. Papal Documents - JP2HINDU.HTM - Address to Hindu & Muslim Leaders
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II on Jan 21, 1995 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. JOHN PAUL II HINDU MUSLIM BUDDISM

49. Papal Documents - JP2HLYSN.HTM - Address to Holy Synod
Pope John Paul II

On the afternoon of Friday, 4 May 2001, the Holy Father went to the Palace of the Archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, to pay a formal visit to him and the Holy Synod. He addressed the Greek Orthodox authorities in English. "For all the occasions past and present, when sons and daughters of the Catholic Church have sinned by action or omission against their Orthodox brothers and sisters, may the Lord grant us the forgiveness we beg of him". PURIFICATION OF MEMORY ECUMEN PAUL VI ATHENAGORAS

50. Papal Documents - JP2UNJRS.HTM - Address to International Union of Catholic Jurists
Pope John Paul II

"For many of our contemporaries, the right to life, a primordial and absolute right which does not depend on positive law but on the natural right and dignity of every human being, is unrecognized or undervalued", the Holy Father said on Friday, 24 November 2000, to jurists taking part in a meeting of the International Union of Catholic Jurists organized for the Great Jubilee. The Pope emphasized that our "world needs men and women who courageously and publicly oppose the countless violations of rights which unfortunately continue to demean individuals and humanity". PARTICULARISM ROMAN LAW JURISPRUDENCE PERSON DIGNITY ABORTION EUTHANASIA

51. Papal Documents - JP1JOURN.HTM - Address to Journalists
Pope John Paul I

On 1 September 1978, John Paul I received, in the Hall of Benedictions, journalists accredited to the Holy See and the audio-visual personnel who had been present in Rome during the important events of the past days. He praised them for their coverage of the death of Paul VI and his own election, and urged them to strive for communion among men through social communication. MEDIA ETHICS

52. Papal Documents - JP2MCOLL.HTM - Address to Mariological Colloquium
Pope John Paul II

On 13 October 2000, the Holy Father met participants in the Eighth International Mariological Colloquium, who were studying the theme: "St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort: Trinitarian Spirituality in Communion with Mary"'. The Pope thanked the Lord for enabling him to experience theme of this colloquium, i.e., "that when the believer accepts Mary into his life in Christ and the Spirit, he is brought into the very heart of the Trinitarian mystery".

53. Papal Documents - JP2SYRMU.HTM - Address to Muslims of Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday evening, 6 May 2001, the Holy Father left the Syrian Orthodox cathedral to go to the Umayyad Great Mosque of Damascus, to visit the memorial of St John the Baptist with the Grand Mufti, Shiek Ahmad Kuftaro, and other Muslim authorities. The Holy Father addressed the Muslims in the courtyard of the mosque. ECUMEN INTERRELIGIOUS

54. Papal Documents - JP2CARDN.HTM - Address to New Cardinals
Pope John Paul II

Given Nov. 26 to the consistory in Rome at which the 30 new cardinals he named Oct. 30 received red hats. JOHN PAUL II CARDINALS COLLEGIALITY COMMUNION COMMUNICATION

55. Papal Documents - JP2PIO3.HTM - Address to Pilgrims - Beatification of Padre Pio
Pope John Paul II

On 3 May 1999, the Day of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the Holy Father addressed the thousands of pilgrims who had come to Rome for the event. For more information on this humble Capuchin friar, see our Padre Pio mini-site.

56. Papal Documents - JP2RTLIF.HTM - Address to Pontifical Academy for Life
Pope John Paul II

On 27 February 2002, the Holy Father addressed the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life on the theme: The nature and dignity of the human person as the foundation of the right to life. NATURAL LAW RIGHTS REASON

57. Papal Documents - JP2ACTHE.HTM - Address to Pontifical Academy of Theology
Pope John Paul II

In his address, 16 February 2002, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the International Forum of the Pontifical Academy of Theology on the relationship between theology and the magisterium. AQUINAS PHILOSOPHY ECCLESIAL COMMUNION

58. Papal Documents - JP2BUSH.HTM - Address to President Bush
Pope John Paul II

On Monday 23 July 2001, the Holy Father received in audience at Castel Gandolfo the President of the United States, Mr George W. Bush with his entourage and gave an address in English, in which he expressed his concern that the G8 program for globalization not leave less developed nations out of consideration, and that the President uphold America's traditional values in supporting the right to life. President Bush's response follows. SOLIDARITY DIGNITY BILL OF RIGHTS TECHNOLOGY ECONOMY TRADE EUTHANASIA INFANTICIDE EMBRYO STEM CELL

59. Papal Documents - JP2AMCON.HTM - Address to Second American Missionary Congress
Pope John Paul II

The Second American Missionary Congress was held in Guatemala City from 25 to 30 November 2003 on the theme: "Church in America, your life is mission". For this occasion the Holy Father sent a Message via Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and his Special Envoy at the Congress, addressed to Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, Archbishop of Guatemala. EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY HOLINESS

60. Papal Documents - JP2RMCL.HTM - Address to the Clergy of Rome
Pope John Paul II

In his address to the clergy of Rome, 14 February 2002, the Holy Father spoke on the shortage of priests. He denied that it was compensated for by increased apostolic commitment on the part of lay people. "On the contrary, he said, "the more numerous are the lay people who intend to live their own baptismal vocation generously, the more necessary are the presence and pastoral work of the ordained ministers." MISSION VOCATION FAMILY CATECHESIS

61. Papal Documents - JP1DPLMT.HTM - Address to the Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul I

On 31 August 1978, His Holiness John Paul I received the Diplomatic Corps in Audience. In reply to the speech of the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, the Pope spoke of the Vatican's complementary role in international diplomacy. SOCIAL HUMANANIT

62. Papal Documents - JP2LAITY.HTM - Address to the Participants of the Symposium...
Pope John Paul II

the Symposium on the Participation of the Laity Given in Rome by Pope John Paul II on April 22, 1994. LAITY MINISTRY PRIESTHOOD JOHN PAUL II

63. Papal Documents - JP2ACSCI.HTM - Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Pope John Paul II

On 13 November 2000, the Holy Father received participants in a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Addressing them, the Pope reflected on the meeting's theme, "Science and the future of mankind," with special attention to the humanistic dimension of science. TRUTH EPISTEMOLOGY ANTHROPOLOGY

64. Papal Documents - JP2RTA95.HTM - Address to the Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II's address to the Roman Rota on Friday February 10, 1995 for the traditional opening of the judicial year. JOHN PAUL II CONSCIENCE LAW ROMAN ROTA JUDICIAL

65. Papal Documents - JP2RROTA.HTM - Address to the Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Holy See's court of appeals (28 January 2002), the Holy Father reemphasized the indissolubility of marriage, and warned lawyers and judges against cooperating with clients who seek a divorce from unworthy motives. This is the full text of the address. ANNULMENT FAMILY NATURAL LAW CONVALIDATION VALIDITY NULLITY

66. Papal Documents - JP1SCRCL.HTM - Address to the Sacred College
Pope John Paul I

On 30 August 1978, the Holy Father, John Paul I, received the Sacred College of Cardinals in the Consistorial Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. He observed the diversity of nations reflected in the college and spoke of the office of Pope as "a sign and instrument" of the unity of the Church. PAPACY

67. Papal Documents - JP2MASCD.HTM - Address to the Society of Christian Doctrine
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday, 9 May 2001, the Holy Father venerated the relics of Bl. Dun Gorg Preca in the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at Hamrun. He was welcomed to the Church by the Superiors of the men's and women's branches of the Society of Christian Doctrine, founded by the new blessed in 1907 to train young people to gave a religious formation to others. At the end of the liturgy of the Word, the Holy Father addressed the members on planting the seed of God's Word. CATECHESIS EVANGEL

68. Papal Documents - JP2US95D.HTM - Address to the United Nations General Assembly, October 5, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations rganization on the occasion of the U.N.'s 50th anniversary. He reflects on the recent changes in the world situation and their significance for the future of humanity and the building of a true culture of freedom.

69. Papal Documents - JP2SYRYO.HTM - Address to Young People in Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Monday evening, 7 May 2001, in the Melkite Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady, the Holy Father met with young people for a session of prayer and personal witness. In his his address, delivered in French, he said, "Christ is calling you and awakening in you a desire to make your life something magnificent and beautiful". ECUMEN EVANGEL

70. Papal Documents - JP1.HTM - Addresses and Homilies
Pope John Paul I

This is a collection of John Paul I's words of faith and encouragement expressed during his short but inspiring reign.

71. Papal Documents - JP2TB35.HTM - Adultery According to the Law and as Spoken by the Prophets
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 20 August 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He examines the emphasis of the matrimonial law on the "procreative end of marriage," and of the prophets on the uniqueness of the spousal relationship between God and Israel, contrary to the prevailing polygamy. ONANISM NUDITY COVENANT

72. Papal Documents - JP2TB36.HTM - Adultery: A Breakdown of the Personal Covenant
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 27 August 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechetical cycle on Theology of the Body, on the subject of adultery. Adultery is a sin of the body, violating exclusive matrimonial rights between a man and a woman, which constitutes a breakdown of the personal covenant between them. MONOGAMY IDOLATRY HOSEA PROPHETS MARRIAGE

73. Papal Documents - JP951018.HTM - All Believers Have Right to Receive Catholic Doctrine In Its Integrity
Pope John Paul II

Address on October 18, 1995 of Pope John Paul II to a group of Brazilian Bishops.

74. Papal Documents - JP950712.HTM - All Must Strive for Goal of Full Unity
Pope John Paul II

General Audience July 12, 1995 The Holy Father continues his catechesis on the missionary activity of the Church, focusing on ecumenism and her commitment to restoring Christian unity. 'The Church's unity is expressed as fidelity to Christ, sustained and protected by Mary's maternal presence.' JOHN PAUL II UNITY ECUMENISM

75. Papal Documents - JP2STANI.HTM - An Eloquent Witness of Victory in Christ
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father sent a congratulatory Letter, dated 8 May 2003, to the Archdiocese of Kraków and the Church in Poland on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the canonization of St Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr and Patron of Poland since his canonization by Pope Innocent IV on 17 September 1253. SAINTS

76. Papal Documents - JP2JURIS.HTM - An Instrument of Wise Jurisprudence
John Paul II

On Saturday, 17 January 1998, the Holy Father received the Dean, Prelate Auditors and other officials of the Roman Rota, who were accompanied by the Rotal advocates, the students of the Studio Rotale and their relatives, for the opening of the judicial year. CANON LAW JUDGES MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL

77. Papal Documents - JP2TB95.HTM - Analogy of Spousal Love Indicates the Radical Character of Grace
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 29 September 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body by further examination of the spousal relationship between Christ and His Church in Ephesians 5. Of the various biblical analogies of the mystery of God's love, the marriage analogy most emphasizes God's gift of Himself to His people. ISRAEL COVENANT GRACE SACRAMENT

78. Papal Documents - JP2TB19.HTM - Analysis of Knowledge and of Procreation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 March 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body, by examining the meaning of the biblical statement that "Adam knew Eve his wife" (Gn 4:1-2). SEX MARRIAGE PERSON

79. Papal Documents - JP2ANGKZ.HTM - Angelus in Kazakhstan
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday, 23 September 2001, at the end of the Mass on the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus with the people gathered for the Mass. He greeted the people from various countries. Then he made an appeal for peace in the world. MARY MUSLIM

80. Papal Documents - JP95629A.HTM - Angelus Message, June 29, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. JOHN PAUL II BARTHOLOMEW I ORTHODOX EASTERN UNITY

81. Papal Documents - JP2ARMEN.HTM - Apostolic Letter for the 1,700th Anniversary of the Baptism of the Armenian People
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father honors the Armenians as the "first officially Christian people" in history, and recalls their fidelity down through the centuries in the face of persecution and martyrdom. The Pope looks forward to the day when the cordial relations between the Apostolic Church of Armenia and the Catholic Church will become full communion. ECUMEN GREGORY ILLUMINATOR

82. Papal Documents - JP2GRKCT.HTM - Apostolic Letter for the Third Centenary of Union of the Greek-Catholic Church if Romania with the Church of Rome
Pope John Paul II

On this occasion, the Holy Father recalls that the Romanians are a Latin people. Though heirs by geography of the Byzantine tradition, they overcame the division between East and West, being restored to complete communion with the Apostolic See. And in adopting the "values promoted by the Holy See," they have communicated to the entire Catholic world the "values of the Christian East." JUBILEE ECUMEN ORTHODOX SCHISM MARTYRS

83. Papal Documents - JP2CAMPO.HTM - Apostolic Letter of 25 December 2001
Pope John Paul II

On 15 August 2001, Bishop Licinio Rangel, together with 25 priests of the Union of St John Mary Vianney Campos, Brazil, addressed a letter to the Holy Father in which he expressed his full submission to the Catholic Church asking to be absolved from the excommunication incurred on 28 July 1991, when he accepted ordination to the office of Bishop without papal mandate. On the Solemnity of Christmas 2001, the Holy Father sent an Autograph Letter to Bishop Rangel, absolving him from the excommunication and receiving him back into full Catholic communion. The letter was presented on 18 January 2002 by Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. LEFEBVRE SSPX UNION ST JOHN MARY VIANNEY PAPACY ECCLESIA DEI

84. Papal Documents - JP2HUNG.HTM - Apostolic Letter to Catholic People of Hungary for Conclusion of Hungarian Millenium
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses the Hungarian people on the commemoration of the Baptism of their ancestors, a thousand years ago, through the work of St Stephen of Hungary, their king, whose virtues are the subject of the Pope's address. FAMILY EDUCATION PRAYER

85. Papal Documents - JP2APOST.HTM - Apostolos Suos
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of 21 May 1998, issued Motu proprio, on the theological and juridical significance of episcopal conferences. It contains norms on how and when their decisions become binding.

86. Papal Documents - JP2ARARM.HTM - Arrival at Yerevan, Armenia
Pope John Paul II

On 25 September 2001, the Holy Father arrived at the airport of Yerevan for his visit to Armenia. After greeting the President, civil authorities, and Diplomatic Corps, he thanked the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos, Karekin II, for his encouragement for this "spiritual journey." MARTYR GENOCIDE

87. Papal Documents - JP2ARUKR.HTM - Arrival Ceremony Address (23 June 2001)
Pope John Paul II

In his arrival address at the Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv, 23 June 2001, the Holy Father recalls the history of the Faith in Ukraine, and reassures the Orthodox he's not come to proselytize, but to bear common witness with fellow Christians to Christ. Also included, his prayer to Our Lady of Zarvaniza at the Church of St Nicholas. ECUMEN NAZI COMMUN CHERNOBYL

88. Papal Documents - JP2ARAST.HTM - Arrival in Astana
Pope John Paul II

At the Astana International Airport, on his arrival in Kazakhstan 22 September 2001, the Pope blessed the ground and then responded to the welcome of the President with this address in English. ISLAM ORTHODOX

89. Papal Documents - JP2ARMAL.HTM - Arrival in Malta
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's Jubilee pilgrimage to Malta "in the footseps of the Apostle Paul", began with ceremonies at Gudja International Airport, Malta, where he arrived from Syria at on Tuesday, 8 May 2001. On hand to welcome the Pope were Mr Guido Di Marco, President, and Archbishop Joseph Mercieca, with dignitaries of Church and State. "For two millennia you have been faithful to the vocation involved in that singular encounter [with St Paul]", he said.

90. Papal Documents - JP2TB61.HTM - Art Must Not Violate the Right to Privacy
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 29 April 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the limits beyond which art must not go in depicting masculinity or femininity. SHAME PORNOGRAPHY COMMUNION OF PERSONS NAKEDNESS NATURALISM

91. Papal Documents - JP2ARTST.HTM - Artistic Heritage Has Evangelizing Role
Pope John Paul II

On 31 March 2000, the Holy Father met with and addressed the members, consultors and staff of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, which was holding its plenary assembly. JUBILEE HUMAN ECUMEN LITURGY

92. Papal Documents - JP2BEATI.HTM - As An Everlasting Memorial
Pope John Paul II

The Apostolic Brief of Pope John Paul II declaring the Beatification of Msgr. Josemaria Excriva, founder of Opus Dei, on May 17, 1992. Uploaded by Robert Sheehan. OPUS DEI ESCRIVA BEATIFICATION

93. Papal Documents - JP2THIRD.HTM - As the Third Millennium Draws Near
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic letter Tertio millennio adveniente written by Pope John Paul II to 'ensure that the great challenge of the year 2000 is not overlooked.' Released on November 14, 1994. JOHN PAUL II THIRD MILLENNIUM YEAR 2000 JUBILEE EUCHARIST

94. Papal Documents - JP2MIL3.HTM - At the Beginning of the Third Millennium
Pope John Paul II

In his apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, signed at the end of the Mass of the Epiphany, 2001, at the close of the Great Jubilee, the Holy Father addressed some of the great challenges faced by Christians in the Third Millennium. These include the New Evangelization, Christian unity, growth in interreligious dialogue, defense of the family and the environment, and the ethical implications of biotechnology. PENITENCE YOUTH DAY ECUMEN HOLY LAND DEBT HOLINESS INCULTURATION MARTYRS VOCATIONS

95. Papal Documents - JP2AUGUS.HTM - Augustine of Hippo
Pope John Paul II

'Augustinum Hipponensem' Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the 16th centenary of the conversion of St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor, August 28, 1986. JOHN PAUL II AUGUSTINE CONFESSIONS

96. Papal Documents - JP97112B.HTM - Baptism Saves Us From Slavery to Sin
John Paul II

"Baptism frees man from original sin and forgives his sins, saves him from slavery to evil and is a sign of his rebirth in the Holy Spirit, it imparts to him a new life", the Holy Father said during the Mass he celebrated in the Sistine Chapel on January 12, 1997, before baptizing 19 babies of various nationalities.

97. Papal Documents - JP96MIDM.HTM - Be Faithful to God's Gift on Christmas Night
John Paul II

Homily given by the Holy Father at Midnight Mass on December 24, 1996.

98. Papal Documents - JP970205.HTM - Be Faithful Witnesses to the Father's Love
John Paul II

"God, our supreme good, is the source of all good things. I hope that you will all be 'good', that is, faithful witnesses to the love of our heavenly Father who fills us with so many gifts", the Holy Father said, speaking from his study window on Wednesday, February 5, 1997. The Wednesday General Audience was canceled because "influenza has come to the Pope's home" as he told pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square.

99. Papal Documents - JP970119.HTM - Be Reconciled to God and to One Another
John Paul II

"The true and ultimate reason for the division between Christians is human sin, which is a rebellion against God's will. Precisely for this reason the Second Vatican Council stated: 'There can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without interior conversion' (Unitatis redintegratio, n. 7). This is why a firm will to conform one's life to the Gospel, a will sustained by constant prayer, is required of all who wish to be effective builders of unity", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on January 19, 1997, as he reflected on the significance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

100. Papal Documents - JP961203.HTM - Be United to Christ and Peter's Successor
John Paul II

Address of Pope John Paul II to the Church in China, dated December 3, 1996, the memorial of St. Francis Xavier. The Pope commends Chinese Catholics on their fidelity and urges them to maintain full communion.

101. Papal Documents - JP97021.HTM - Bearing Witness to Christ in Secular Life
John Paul II

"The members of secular institutes ... express their full fidelity to the profession of the evangelical counsels in a form of life full of risks and often unforseeable demands, but rich in a specific and original potential", the Holy Father said in his talk to members of secular institutes on the occasion of the international symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution Provida Mater Ecclesia. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Italian on February 1, 1997.

102. Papal Documents - JP2BTMTR.HTM - Beatification Homily: Mother Teresa
Pope John Paul II

On 19 October 2003, the Pope John Paul II raised Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the honours of the altar, presiding at the Mass for her beatification in St Peter's Square. In his Homily the Pope praised this diminutive woman of Albanian descent (1910-1997), who founded the Missionaries of Charity to help "the poorest of the poor" in whose broken bodies she saw Our Lord Jesus Christ. MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY EVANGELIZATION RELIGIOUS

103. Papal Documents - JP950604.HTM - Beatification of Damien de Veuster
Pope John Paul II

June 4, 1995, Brussels, Belgium. JOHN PAUL II DAMIEN LEPER BEATIFICATION BELGIUM

104. Papal Documents - JJP2FRJA.HTM - Beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto
Pope John Paul II

In his homily in the beatification Mass at Fatima, the Holy Father celebrated the wisdom of simple children, to whom God was pleased to reveal His Blessed Mother, through whom He called the world to conversion. APPARITION REPARATION

105. Papal Documents - JP961103.HTM - Beauty Has Important Role In Eastern Spirituality
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Angelus, November 3, 1996.

106. Papal Documents - JP960117.HTM - Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, January 17, 1996

107. Papal Documents - JP2TB2.HTM - Biblical Account of Creation Analysed
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 September 1979, the Holy Father compared two accounts of man's creation from Genesis, establishing basic principles for his study of the Theology of the Body. METAPHYSICS BEING EXISTENCE MALE FEMALE IMAGE OF GOD

108. Papal Documents - JP96084B.HTM - Bishop's Martyrdom Must Become Seed of Love
John Paul II

August 4, 1996 The Holy Father condemns Algerian bomb attack and calls for peace and brotherhood.

109. Papal Documents - JP950613.HTM - Bishops Conference of Brazil
Pope John Paul II

Ad Limina Visit June 13, 1995 The Church's welfare demands careful selection of priesthood candidates. JOHN PAUL II BRAZIL PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SEMINARY

110. Papal Documents - JP2INDON.HTM - Bishops Conference of Indonesia
Pope John Paul II

On 29 March 2003, the Holy Father addressed the Bishops of the Indonesian Episcopal Conference in the Clementine Hall on the occasion of their Ad Limina visits to Rome. He stressed that war must never be allowed to divide world religions. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EDUCATION CATECHESIS INCULTURATION TERRORISM INTERRELIGIOUS FORMATION

111. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN1.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 1
Pope John Paul II

On 28 November 2003, the Holy Father spoke to the first group of French Bishops on their ad limina visit. He urged the Bishops to "pay attention to [their] own spiritual life," at a time when the Church was viewed negatively by secular society. The Pope also encouraged dioceses to work together in providing such services as catechesis. VOCATIONS COMMUNION YOUTH EUCHARIST EVANGELIZATION UNITY

112. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN2.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 2
Pope John Paul II

On 6 December 2003, the Holy Father received at the Vatican a second group of French Bishops on their visit ad limina Apostolorum. He encouraged them to face the crisis in priestly vocations with hope, making several suggestions as to how it may be met more effectively. PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SEMINARY DIOCESES CELIBACY RELATIVISM YOUTH

113. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN3.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 3
Pope John Paul II

On 18 December 2003, the Holy Father spoke in his Private Library to French Bishops from the Ecclesiastical Province of Marseilles and the Archbishop of Monaco on the essential role of committed consecrated persons in our day. Without the consecrated life, the Church would be deprived of many spiritual gifts, places to seek God, specific apostolates, and missionary motivation. RELIGIOUS ORDERS CHARISMS VOCATIONS SOLIDARITY EVANGELIZATION

114. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN4.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 4
Pope John Paul II

On 24 January 2004, the Holy Father spoke at the Vatican to a fourth group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. He focused on the "alarming situation" in their Country of the dwindling number of priests and the lack of vocations, encouraging them "to hope and to be ever more determined." DEACONS CELIBACY FRATERNITY LAITY

115. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN5.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 5
Pope John Paul II

On 30 January 2004, in his Private Library at the Vatican, the Holy Father spoke to the fifth group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. They came from the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Dijon and Tours and the Prelature of the Mission of France. In his talk, the Pope urged the Bishops to reaffirm the need for all Catholics to take part in the Sunday Eucharist. LAITY VOCATIONS YOUTH FAMILY MARRIAGE

116. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN6.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 6
Pope John Paul II

On 7 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Lyons and Clermont, France, the sixth group in the series of French Prelates currently making their ad limina visits to Rome. The Pope urged the Bishops to be open to new charisms, associations, and movements. He underlined the true nature of a diocese as a "family of communities." SYNODAL PROCESS FORMATION CATECHESIS MISSION COMMUNION LITURGY LAITY

117. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN7.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 7
Pope John Paul II

On 13 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to a seventh group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. They came from the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Bordeaux and Poitiers in Southwestern France. The Pope's theme was youth. He suggested that the diocesan community pay greater attention to the formation of young people at home and at school. EVANGELIZATION MEDIA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAMILY EDUCATION CHAPLAINCIES PRIESTS VOCATIONS HOLINESS

118. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN8.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 8
Pope John Paul II

On 20 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to an eighth group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome, from the Ecclesiastical Province of Paris and the Military Ordinariate of France and were led by Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris. The Holy Father focused in his Discourse on evangelization and catechesis and the need to inspire in their people a "new springtime". YOUTH CATECHISTS LITURGY

119. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN9.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 9
Pope John Paul II

On 27 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to the ninth and final group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. The Pope's talk focused on the role of the Church and Christians in France, in Europe and in the world. He also recommended that the Bishops pursue relations with the civil Authorities and with those elected to the national and European Parliaments, and especially Catholics. EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH VOCATION MISSION FREEDOM OF RELIGION INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AFRICA

120. Papal Documents - JP2SPN1.HTM - Bishops' Conference of Spain - 1
Pope John Paul II

On 24 January 2005, the Holy Father spoke to the first group of Bishops from Spain, from Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y Léon, Extremadura, Madrid, Navarra and the Basque Country, making their ad limina visit. The Pope reminded the Bishops of their country's deep Christian roots, warned against the secularist mentality that threatens religious liberty, and encouraged promotion of vocations. INDIFFERENTISM EUCHARIST UNITY EVANGELIZATION IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

121. Papal Documents - JP2SUDA1.HTM - Bishops' Conference of Sudan
Pope John Paul II

On 15 December 2003, the Holy Father met with members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference during their visit ad limina Apostolorum. In his Address the Pope spoke of two saints "whose lives are intimately connected with your land: Saint Josephine Bakhita and Saint Daniel Comboni". He also highlighted the importance of the formation of priests, both before and after ordination. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE EVANGELIZATION LAITY CATECHESIS CELIBACY INCULTURATION

122. Papal Documents - JP950607.HTM - Bl. Damien de Veuster - Witness to God's Presence in History
Pope John Paul II

June 7, 1995 JOHN PAUL II DAMIEN LEPER SAINTS

123. Papal Documents - JP951214.HTM - Blessed Is the People Founded on Love
Pope John Paul II

December 14, 1995 Homily of the closing Mass of the Synod for Lebanon.

124. Papal Documents - JP961204.HTM - Blessed Virgin Is Model of Perfect Love
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's General Audience, December 4, 1996 in which he focused on Mary's role in raising her Son Jesus. This was the 38th in the series on the Blessed Virgin.

125. Papal Documents - JP2BVM38.HTM - Blessed Virgin Is Model of Perfect Love
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 4 December 1996, the Holy Father focused on Mary's role in raising her Son Jesus. "Looking at the results, we can certainly conclude that Mary's teaching was deep and effective, and found very fertile soil in Jesus' human psychology", the Holy Father said. This was the 38th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER TEACHER JOSEPH WORK FORMATION

126. Papal Documents - JP2BVM63.HTM - Blessed Virgin Is Mother of the Church
Pope John Paul II

Mary as Mother of the Church was the topic of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 17 September 1997. "The title 'Mother of the Church' reflects the deep conviction of the Christian faithful, who see in Mary not only the mother of the person of Christ, but also of the faithful." This was the 63rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. CANA CALVARY CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX

127. Papal Documents - JP96058B.HTM - Blessed Virgin Was Filled with God's Grace
John Paul II

Holy Father's May 8, 1996 General Audience.

128. Papal Documents - JP2BVM19.HTM - Blessed Virgin Was Filled With God's Grace
Pope John Paul II

"Everything in Mary derives from a sovereign grace. All that is granted to her is not due to any claim of merit, but only to God's free and gratuitous choice", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 8 May 1996, as he examined the meaning of the title "full of grace" given to Mary by the Angel at the Annunciation. This was the 19th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. KECHARITOMENE MERCY

129. Papal Documents - JP2US95I.HTM - Blessing of the Office of the Permanent Mission, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

As the Holy Father dedicates the new facilities of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Organization, he recalls the purpose of the Mission and expresses gratitude for the support which the Path to Peace Foundation provides both to the Mission itself and to the Church's work of evangelization.

130. Papal Documents - JP2US95L.HTM - Blessing of the Office of the Permanent Mission, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

As the Holy Father dedicates the new facilities of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Organization, he recalls the purpose of the Mission and expresses gratitude for the support which the Path to Peace Foundation provides both to the Mission itself and to the Church's work of evangelization.

131. Papal Documents - JP2TB71.HTM - Body's Spiritualization Will Be Source of Its Power and Incorruptibility
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 February 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by concluding his study of St. Paul's teaching on the general resurrection. Resurrected man, no longer weakened through his resistance to the Spirit, will be fully vivified, attaining the fullness for which he was created. ESCHATOLOGY ADAM ANIMAL BODY SPIRITUAL HOLY SPIRIT

132. Papal Documents - JP2TB4.HTM - Boundary Between Original Innocence and Redemption
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 26 September 1979, the Holy Father considered a continuity between man's state of original innocence and the state of original sin, which left him open to the grace of redemption. PROTO-GOSPEL MESSIAH THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

133. Papal Documents - JP950521.HTM - Canonization of Bl. Jan Sarkander and Bl. Zdislava of Lemberk Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Pope John Paul II

May 21, 1995 JOHN PAUL II CZECHOLOVAKIA SARKANDER ZDISLAVA CANONIZATION APOLOGY

134. Papal Documents - JP2STEIN.HTM - Canonization of Edith Stein and Homily
Pope John Paul II

The formula of canonization of Blessed Edith Stein and the homily of the Holy Father on that occasion, 11 October 1998. TERESA BENEDICTA JEWS AUSCHWITZ POLAND MARTYR SAINT

135. Papal Documents - JP2ESCRV.HTM - Canonization of St. Josemaria Escriva
Pope John Paul II

In his homily at the canonization, the Holy Father stressed that St. Josemaría was led by the Spirit, had an apostolic vision, and didn't try to hide the centrality of the Cross. OPUS DEI WORK HOLINESS PRAYER

136. Papal Documents - JP2ANGEL.HTM - Catechesis on the Angels
Pope John Paul II

During the course of his catechesis on the Creed the Holy Father gave 6 Wednesday audience talks on the Holy Angels. ANGEL DEMON FALL SALVATION

137. Papal Documents - JP2US95M.HTM - Catholic Relief Services Message, October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Message, October 8, 1995 during his visit to the

138. Papal Documents - JP97223.HTM - Catholic Schools Offer Education Based on Gospel Values
John Paul II

Today, co-operation between family, parish and school is more necessary than ever, not to restrict the freedom of adolescents, but to mould it and enable it to make responsible and well-motivated choices, the Holy Father said at the Villa Flaminia Institute, a large Catholic school conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The Pope addressed the teachers and students of this school and the children of Holy Cross Parish in the Flaminio neighbourhood, where he made a visit on Sunday, February 23, 1997.

139. Papal Documents - JP951003.HTM - Celebrate and Serve Life!
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II audience on October 3, 1995 to the participants of the World Pro-Life Congress.

140. Papal Documents - JP970112.HTM - Celebrate the day of your Baptism!
John Paul II

"We should celebrate the day of our Baptism as we do our birthday! But how many of the baptized are fully aware of what they have received? We must give a new impetus to catechesis, to rediscover this gift which also means taking on a great responsibility", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, January 12, 1997, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

141. Papal Documents - JP2TB80.HTM - Celibacy for the Kingdom Affirms Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 May 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by concluding his considerations on Christ's words recommending continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Renunciation of marriage for the sake of the Kingdom affirms the value of what is renounced, in the gift of self to God. VIRGINITY CELIBACY FAMILY

142. Papal Documents - JP2TB79.HTM - Celibacy Is a Particular Response to the Love of the Divine Spouse
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further explaining continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven as the particular response of virginity/celibacy to the self-gift of the divine Spouse in the Paschal and Eucharistic Mystery. SEXUALITY MARRIAGE

143. Papal Documents - JP2CSAMU.HTM - Centenary of the Motu Proprio Tra Le Sollecitudini
Pope John Paul II

In a statement (dated 23 November 2003, feast of St. Cecilia, patroness of music) on the centenary of St. Pius X's Tra le Sollecitudini, On Sacred Music, Pope John Paul II affirmed that music used for sacred rites must have sanctity as its point of reference, and the more closely united it is to the liturgical action, the holier it will be. MASS EUCHARIST EXPERIMENTATION CHOIRS SCHOLA CANTORUM MODERN MUSIC ARTISTS

144. Papal Documents - JJP2CRSM.HTM - Chrism Mass
Pope John Paul II

At Mass in the morning on 20 April 2000, Holy Thursday, when holy oils for the year are consecrated, the Holy Father spoke on the priesthood of Christ, the common priesthood of the faithful, and the priesthood of the ordained ministry. JUBILEE TRIDUUM SACRAMENT

145. Papal Documents - JP2DENVR.HTM - Christ Alone Gives the Fullness of Divine Life
Pope John Paul II

The celebration of the eighth World Youth Day began on Saturday evening, 14 August 1993, with a Prayer Vigil in Cherry Creek State Park, Denver Colorado. The service was marked by Scripture readings, prayers, hymns and testimonies by young people from various nations. At three different moments of the celebration the Pope addressed the young people on themes suggested by the Scripture, focusing his remarks on Christ’s words "I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly". MEANING ABORTION LIFE ADDICTIONS

146. Papal Documents - JP2TB23.HTM - Christ Appeals to Man's Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 16 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by turning to Christ's teaching, in the Sermon on the Mount, on adultery in the heart. ETHOS DECALOGUE MORAL LAW

147. Papal Documents - JJP2PALM.HTM - Christ Became Obedient Unto Death
Pope John Paul II

Pilgrims from around the world gathered in St Peter's Square for the Palm Sunday liturgy celebrated by the Holy Father. In his homily, the Pope looked to the suffering Christ for the answer to life's problems. JUBILEE PASSION

148. Papal Documents - JP2TB48.HTM - Christ Calls Us to Rediscover the Living Forms of the New Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 December 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, with regard to adultery in the heart, by focusing on the ethos of redemption, which calls for temperance in the natural erotic attraction between a man and a woman. ESCHATOLOGY MARRIAGE LUST SEX PURITY

149. Papal Documents - JP2BVM41.HTM - Christ Calls Women to Share His Mission
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 8 January 1997, reflecting on the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, the Holy Father cited the the words of Simeon on Mary's part in the sufferings of Christ, and the zeal of Anna the prophetess. He said, "The primacy of Christ does not rule out but supports and demands the proper, irreplaceable role of woman." This is the 41st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. REDEMPTION COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX EVANGELIZATION

150. Papal Documents - JP970108.HTM - Christ Calls Women to Share His Mission
John Paul II

"The resurrection of many is a marvellous effect of the Redemption. This proclamation alone kindles great hope in the hearts of those to whom the fruit of the sacrifice already bears witness" the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, 8 January, as he focused on the co-operation of women in the work of Redemption. Here is a translation of the Pope's catechesis, which was the 41st in the series on the Blessed Virgin.

151. Papal Documents - JP2MDFL.HTM - Christ is the Mediator and Fullness of Revelation
Pope John Paul II

On 28 January 2000, the Holy Father received the members, consultors and staff of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who had just finished their plenary assembly in Rome. In his address, the Pope spoke of the uniqueness and universality of Christ's revelation and saving mediation, rejecting a current of thought that would relativize Christ and the Catholic Church. SALVATION INDIFFERENT

152. Papal Documents - JP2TB100.HTM - Christ Opened Marriage to the Saving Action of God
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 November 1982, the Holy Father reexamined Ephesians 5 in light of the words of the Gospel, in which Christ, speaking to the Pharisees and in the Sermon on the Mount, confirmed marriage as a sacrament instituted by the Creator at the beginning. It is the sign of God's original covenant, according to which man, both male and female, would be sanctified and adopted by God. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CREATION REDEMPTION

153. Papal Documents - JP961215.HTM - Christ Reveals Man to Himself
John Paul II

"Christ is the light because, in his divine identity, he reveals the Father's face. But he is so too because, being a man like us and in solidarity with us in everything except sin, he reveals man to himself", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on December 15, 1996.

154. Papal Documents - JP970223.HTM - Christ's Divine Life Fully Humanizes Us
John Paul II

"In raising us to the heights of his divine life, [Christ] does not take away our humanity, but on the contrary, he humanizes us, giving our personal and social life full meaning", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, February 23, 1997, as he reflected on the Gospel text for the Second Sunday of Lent.

155. Papal Documents - JP2BVM22.HTM - Christ's Grace Preserved Mary From Sin
Pope John Paul II

The explanation of how Mary's Immaculate Conception came to be accepted and explained by theologians was the topic of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 5 June 1996. The Immaculate Conception also shows how Christ not only frees us from sin but also preserves us from its power. This was the 22nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. AUGUSTINE DUNS SCOTUS HOLINESS ORIGINAL SIN

156. Papal Documents - JP2TB92.HTM - Christ's Redemptive Love Has Spousal Nature
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 8 September 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the fifth chapter of Ephesians, focusing on the meaning of the word "mystery," as it applies to God's plan, its revelation in Christ, Christ's relationship to the Church, and the sacraments of the Church. MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY SACRAMENTALITY

157. Papal Documents - JP960421.HTM - Christ's Resurrection Was A Concrete Event
John Paul II

Before reciting the Regina Caeli on Sunday, 21 April, the Holy Father reflected on the concrete reality of Christ's Resurrection as the basis of the Christian faith. He also called for peace in the Middle East and for a ban on the production and use of anti-personnel mines. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Italian.

158. Papal Documents - JP2TB67.HTM - Christ's Words on the Resurrection Complete the Revelation of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 16 December 1981, the Holy Father continued his focus on Christ's words about our condition after the general resurrection in his catechesis on theology of the body. Each person sharing in the beatific vision will have his own subjectivity perfected, and yet, in view of the Communion of the Trinity, experience a new depth of intersubjectivity which is the Communion of Saints. It will be virginal, and yet reveal the full nuptial meaning of the body, as a gift to God first, and through Him to others. MARRIAGE PSYCHOSOMATIC VIRGINITY

159. Papal Documents - JP2TB126.HTM - Christian Spirituality of Marriage by Living According to the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 November 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of Humanae Vitae for the light it sheds on the role of chastity in married life. The virtue of chastity not only regulates manifestations of affection, but opens the couple to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, by which they are enabled to achieve a communion of persons. MARRIAGE CONJUGAL ACT FEAR MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD NATURAL CYCLES OF FERTILITY CONTINENCE

160. Papal Documents - JP960901.HTM - Christianity Has Deeply Marked Culture of Peoples
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on September 1, 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the union between faith and culture.

161. Papal Documents - JJP2MRTR.HTM - Christians Have Been United in Suffering
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday evening, 7 May 2000, Pope John Paul II presided at the Ecumenical Commemoration of Witnesses to the Faith in the 20th Century. Joining the Holy Father at the ancient Colosseum of Rome were ecumenical representatives from various Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities and thousands of the faithful. In his homily, the Pope praised the witness of those of all communions, who gave their lives in the past century in imitation of their Lord. MARTYR

162. Papal Documents - JP2BVM56.HTM - Christians Look to Mary Queen
Pope John Paul II

"Mary is Queen not only because she is Mother of God, but also because, associated as the new Eve with the new Adam, she co-operated in the work of the redemption of the human race", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 23 July 1997, as he reflected on Mary's universal queenship. This was the 56th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ASSUMPTION CORONATION COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX

163. Papal Documents - JP951225.HTM - Christmas 1995 Message - Urbi et Orbi
Pope John Paul II



164. Papal Documents - JP961223.HTM - Christmas Carols Have Shaped Our History
John Paul II

"God is born, man's might is amazed: the Lord of heaven empties himself) The fire subsides, the splendour is veiled, the Infinite is encompassed", the Holy Father said to the Polish community of Rome, whom he received in audience on December 23, 1996, in Paul VI Auditorium for the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. The Pope based his talk on an 18th-century Polish Christmas carol, Bog sie rodzi (God is born), written by Franciszek Karpinski.

165. Papal Documents - JP2CHR94.HTM - Christmas Message
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Christmas message 'urbi et orbi' December 25, 1994. Pope John Paul discusses the family as the vital cell of the Church. As he closed the Year of the Family he called for members of familes everywhere to make a mutual gift of themselves for the good of their families and lamented that selfishness and violence tear the greater human family. JOHN PAUL II FAMILY URBI ET ORBI WAR

166. Papal Documents - JJP2XMAS.HTM - Christmas Midnight Mass
Pope John Paul II

In his homily, the Holy Father recalled the opening of the Holy Door on the same night a year ago, and the beginning of the Great Jubilee. He concluded with a prayer that God would "pour out [His] Spirit upon us, that the grace of the Incarnation may inspire in every believer a determination to respond more generously to the new life received in Baptism." HOLY LAND MIDDLE EAST

167. Papal Documents - JP950725.HTM - Church & Illegal Immigration
Pope John Paul II

July 25, 1995 for World Migration Day 1996

168. Papal Documents - JP2PARDN.HTM - Church Asks Pardon for her Members' Sins
Pope John Paul II

"Recognition of the community implications of sin spurs the Church to ask forgiveness for the 'historical' sins of her children", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 1 September 1999. This repentance corresponds "to a necessary requirement of the truth, which, in addition to the positive aspects, recognizes the human limitations and weaknesses of the various generations of Christ's disciples". HISTORY SCANDAL REPENTANCE

169. Papal Documents - JP2BVM54.HTM - Church Believes in Mary's Assumption
Pope John Paul II

"The Assumption is the culmination of the struggle which involved Mary's generous love in the redemption of humanity and is the fruit of her unique sharing in the victory of the Cross", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 2 July 1997, as he reflected on the Assumption of Mary as a truth of faith. This was the 54th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. RESURRECTION DORMITION

170. Papal Documents - JP960911.HTM - Church Commemorates Thousand-Year Old Roots
John Paul II

The Holy Father's General Audience message for September 11, 1996.

171. Papal Documents - JP97214.HTM - Church Defends Moral Rights of Citizens
John Paul II

The Church "will make use of all available means to defend life from conception to its natural end. For this reason, when radically unjust legislation is introduced, such as abortion and euthanasia, she will continue to be the faithful and staunch defender of the moral rights of citizens who seek to have their convictions respected", the Holy Father said to H.E. Mr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, when he received him in audience during his official visit on Friday, February 14, 1997. The Pope stated that it is the Christian message that sheds full light on man and authentic human progress.

172. Papal Documents - JP2BVM4.HTM - Church Grew In Understanding of Mary's Role
Pope John Paul II

"The sparse information on Mary's earthly life is compensated by its quality and theological richness, which contemporary exegesis has carefully brought to light", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 8 November 1995, in his fourth reflection in a series on the Virgin Mary. For the series, see Index Page. SCRIPTURE GOSPELS HOLY SPIRIT

173. Papal Documents - JP95118B.HTM - Church Grew in Understanding of Mary's Role
Pope John Paul II

11/8/95

174. Papal Documents - JP960925.HTM - Church has benefited from French Christianity
John Paul II

At the General Audience of September 25, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of his recent Pastoral Visit to France to mark the 15th centenary of the Baptism of King Clovis, stressing that the meaning of this sacrament was the basic inspiration of his spiritual pilgrimage.

175. Papal Documents - JP951026.HTM - Church Is Neighbor to the Rejected
Pope John Paul II

10/26/95

176. Papal Documents - JP950905.HTM - Church Must Face Challenge of Sects Throughout Latin America
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II address to the Bishops' Conference of Brazil during their Ad limina visit on September 5, 1995. "In ... Latin America, this need for ecumenical dialogue has become urgent, since we are facing the serious problem of the sects, spreading like an oil slick and threatening to undermine the structure of faith in many nations", the Holy Father said to the eighth group of Brazilian Bishops from the North Eastern Regions I and 4, whom he received in audience on the occasion of their ad limina visit to Rome.

177. Papal Documents - JP2ABR.HTM - Church Must Proclaim ‘Gospel of Life’
Pope John Paul II

Promulgated May 19, 1991. ABORTION EUTHANASIA JOHN PAUL II BISHOPS

178. Papal Documents - JP961127.HTM - Church Proclaims Mary 'Mother of God'
John Paul II

The Holy Father's General Audience of November 27, 1996 discusses the Blessed Virgin's title "Mother of God."

179. Papal Documents - JP2BVM37.HTM - Church Proclaims Mary Mother of God
Pope John Paul II

The Church "contemplates with wonder and celebrates with veneration the immense greatness conferred on Mary by the One who wanted to be her Son", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 27 November 1996, as he discussed the Blessed Virgin's title "Mother of God". This was the 37th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. INCARNATION THEOTOKOS EPHESUS NESTORIUS

180. Papal Documents - JP2BVM68.HTM - Church Urges Faithful to Venerate Mary
Pope John Paul II

The veneration of the Virgin Mary was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 29 October 1997. Quoting the Second Vatican Council, the Pope urged that "the cult ... of the Blessed Virgin, be generously fostered, and that the practices and exercises of devotion towards her, recommended by the teaching authority of the Church in the course of centuries, be highly esteemed". This was the 68th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ROSARY ANGELUS ICONOCLASM

181. Papal Documents - JP960804.HTM - Church Venerates Fathers of East and West
John Paul II

In his August 4, 1996, Angelus address the Holy Father reflected on the complementarity of the Eastern and Latin theological traditions, emphasizing their harmony and common faith.

182. Papal Documents - JP2TB118.HTM - Church's Position on Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 22 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his reflections on Humanae Vitae, by focussing on the "essence of the Church's doctrine on the transmission of life." The language of the body, in order to be true, as conforming to the moral order, should signify not only the unitive aspect, but the procreative aspect, of marriage. CONTRACEPTION SEX COMMUNION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

183. Papal Documents - JP2MOVIE.HTM - Cinema: Communicator of Culture and of Values
Pope John Paul II

Message issued by Pope John Paul II for the 1995 World Day of Communications, May 28. Released at the Vatican Jan. 24. JOHN PAUL II CINEMA MOVIE CULTURE

184. Papal Documents - JJP2POL.HTM - Closing Mass of Politicians' Jubilee
Pope John Paul II

In his homily, the Holy Father appealed to governors and legislators to discover "a new dimension of politics." He proposed that politics be conceived as a "service," that it be lived with integrity and morality, that "the true meaning of participation" by citizens be rediscovered, and that dialogue be used as "the irreplaceable instrument for every constructive confrontation." CICERO SHEMA CITIZEN THOMAS MORE

185. Papal Documents - JP97J25.HTM - Co-Operation of Priests and Laity Is Essential to Fostering Parish Life
John Paul II

"A parish's vocation can be defined only according to the Church's sacramental structure. It is here that Christ's presence in the paschal mystery is visibly signified.... No effort should be spared to make available the principal gifts, which are the sacraments, at every stage of our life", the Holy Father said to the third group of French Bishops to make their ad limina visit to Rome, when he received them on January 25, 1997.

186. Papal Documents - JP2ASXR.HTM - Common Christological Declaration Between Catholic Church and Assyrian Church of the East
John Paul II and Mar Dinkha IV

On Friday, 11 November 1994, His Holiness John Paul II, Bishop of Rome and Pope of the Catholic Church, and His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, signed a Common Christological Declaration. "Both of them consider this meeting as a basic step on the way towards the full communion to be restored between their Churches." ECUMENICAL MONOPHYSITE

187. Papal Documents - JP2XODLS.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Archbishop Christodoulos

The Holy Father and the Archbishop of Greece addressed European leaders from the Areopagus in Athens, urging them not to forget Europe's Christian heritage, in opting for a union of secular states. GLOBALIZATION EUROPEAN UNION

188. Papal Documents - JP2COMDE.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Archbishop Christodoulos

On Friday evening, 4 May 2001, at 6:30 p.m., the Holy Father met His Beatitude the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and Primate of Greece at the Areopagus where they listened to the reading of Acts 17:22-34, venerated the ikon of St Paul the Apostle and then listened to Cardinal Sodano who read in English the Common Declaration. In the Declaration, the Pope and Archbishop express their desire for unity among all Christians, their concern for justice to the poor, for peace, for a "globalization of brotherhood", and an acknowledgement from nations of the European Union of their Christian roots. ECUMEN

189. Papal Documents - JP2RMNIA.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II & Teoctist Patriarch of Romania

On 12 October 2002, Teoctist, the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Romania, and John Paul II signed a Common Declaration in which they pledged to take further steps along the path of collaboration and open dialogue toward full communion. UNITY ECUMENICAL ATHEISM EUROPE

190. Papal Documents - JP2COMDC.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Catholicos Karekin II

At Etchmiadzin, on 27 September 2001, the Holy Father and the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos, Karekin II, issued a joint challenge to the modern world to make a choice between good and evil. They committed themselves to the path to Christian unity so that Christian division might not undermine the witness the world needs today. ARMENIA MARTYR GENOCIDE ECUMEN EVANGEL

191. Papal Documents - JP2B1ECO.HTM - Common Declaration on Environmental Ethics
Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Bartholomew I

On 10 June 2002, at the conclusion of a symposium on ecology sponsored by Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, he and Pope John Paul II signed a historic joint document on the environment, an event filled with ecumenical overtones. CONVERSION SOLIDARITY PERSON CHILDREN NATURAL LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SUBSIDIARITY

192. Papal Documents - JP971224.HTM - Communicating Way, Truth and Life
John Paul II

"In the Church, the year 1997, as the first part of a three-year period of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, is being devoted to reflection on Christ, the Word of God, made man by the power of the Holy Spirit (cf. n. 30). Appropriately therefore the theme of World Communications Day is 'Communicating Jesus Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life'", the Holy Father said in his Message for the 31st World Communications Day, to be held on May 11, 1997. Here is the English text of his Message, which was dated January 24, 1997, the memorial of St. Francis de Sales patron of the Catholic press.

193. Papal Documents - JJP2CNCL.HTM - Concluding Liturgy of 47th International Eucharistic Congress
Pope John Paul II

The 47th International Eucharistic Congress closed on Sunday evening, 25 June 2000, with a solemn Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in St Peter's Square. Concelebrating with the Pope were Cardinals, Bishops and priests who had taken part in the Congress and were joined by thousands of the faithful from Rome and around the world. In his homily, the Holy Father spoke of the Old Covenant and how it was fulfilled in the New. PASSOVER SACRIFICE

194. Papal Documents - JP2TB128.HTM - Conclusion to the Series: Redemption of the Body and Sacramentality of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 November 1984, the Holy Father concluded his four-year catechesis on Theology of the Body with a summary of his conclusions. His catechesis was divided into two parts: the first was a study of Christ's words on marriage and their implications for the redemption of the body, and the second, an analysis of the sacramentality of marriage as presented in Ephesians 5, with added insights from Humanae Vitae. PERSONALISM

195. Papal Documents - JP2TB38.HTM - Concupiscence as a Separation From Matrimonial Significance of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 September 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. He gave a description of the inner effects of lust from the Wisdom tradition and then compared it with the teaching of Christ on "adultery in the heart." NUPTIAL MEANING PROCREATION

196. Papal Documents - JP960322.HTM - Confession Must Be Humble, Complete and Accompanied by Firm Purpose of Amendment
John Paul II

March 22, 1996 To Cardinal William W. Baum Major Penitentiary

197. Papal Documents - JP2RTBAP.HTM - Consecrated Life Is Rooted In Baptism
Pope John Paul II

Holy Father discusses consecrated life in his general audience of Oct. 26th 1994. Taken from the Nov. 2, 1994 issue of 'L'Osservatore Romano,' English edition. JOHN PAUL II CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS

198. Papal Documents - JP901208.HTM - Consecration of the Church and World To the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pope John Paul II

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1990.

199. Papal Documents - JP2TB34.HTM - Content of the Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 13 August 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He presented Our Lord's teaching against adultery "in the heart" as a return to the spirit of the law, whose letter had been stretched to allow polygamy. CASUISTRY MONOGAMY

200. Papal Documents - JP841107.HTM - Continence Deepens Personal Communion
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of November 7, 1984. Thirteenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTINENCE CONJUGAL

201. Papal Documents - JP2TB125.HTM - Continence Deepens Personal Communion
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience on 7 November 1984, Pope John Paul II continued his analysis of the virtue of continence in light of Humanae Vitae. The virtue of continence has "not only the capacity to contain bodily and sensual reactions, but even more the capacity to control and guide man's whole sensual and emotive sphere." EXCITEMENT EMOTION UNITIVE PROCREATIVE FATHERHOOD MOTHERHOOD COMMUNION OF PERSONS

202. Papal Documents - JP2TB74.HTM - Continence for the Sake of the Kingdom Meant to Have Spiritual Fulfillment
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 March 1982, the Holy Father continued his talks on celibacy/virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. It is a charismatic sign that in heaven people will no longer marry, because God will be everything to everyone. Departure from the Old Testament tradition of marriage and procreation was effected especially by the example of Christ himself. CONTINENCE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

203. Papal Documents - JP841031.HTM - Continence Frees One From Inner Tension
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of October 31, 1984. Twelfth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTINENCE CONJUGAL

204. Papal Documents - JP2TB124.HTM - Continence Frees One from Inner Tension
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 31 October 1984, the Holy Father continued his treatment of the virtue of continence in light of the teaching of Humanae Vitae. He distinguished between excitement, which tends toward the conjugal act, and emotion which is an affectionate response to the masculinity or femininity of the marital partner. Continence gives direction to both. THEOLOGY LANGUAGE OF THE BODY PROCREATION MARRIAGE FATHERHOOD MOTHERHOOD FAMILY

205. Papal Documents - JP2TB123.HTM - Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 October 1984, the Holy Father gave close examination to the virtue of continence, in light of the teaching of Humanae Vitae. Continence in marriage not only resists concupiscence, but enlarges the capacity of husband and wife to love each other. CHASTITY VIRTUES AFFECTION UNITIVE PROCREATIVE

206. Papal Documents - JP841024.HTM - Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of October 24, 1984. Eleventh in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONJUGAL CONTINENCE

207. Papal Documents - JP2COSM.HTM - Cosmology and Fundamental Physics
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II, in an address from 3 October 1981, to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, encourages the world scientific community in its research into the origin of the universe, and also in molecular biology, for the treatment of diseases. He warns however against any procedure that would undermine man's "most precious possession: the dignity of his person." COSMOGONY CREATION WAR NUCLEAR WEAPONS

208. Papal Documents - JP2BVM9.HTM - Council's Teaching on Mary
Pope John Paul II

The treatment of Mary as type and exemplar of the Church by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council was the subject of the Holy Father's weekly address at the General Audience of Wednesday, 13 December 1995. This was the ninth in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MEDIATRIX WOMAN OF FAITH

209. Papal Documents - JP951213.HTM - Council's Teaching on Mary Is Rich and Positive
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, December 13, 1995 The Holy Father reflects on the particular presence of Mary at the Second Vatican Council.

210. Papal Documents - JP2TB13.HTM - Creation as a Fundamental and Original Gift
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 January 1980, the Holy Father continued his study of the Theology of the Body, analyzing the consciousness of our first parents, in how they perceived each other, without shame in their nakedness, as good, and a mutual gift, part of the good gift of God's creation. COMPLEMENTARITY IMAGE OF GOD

211. Papal Documents - JP950806.HTM - Culture Needs Women's Genius
Pope John Paul II

8/6/95

212. Papal Documents - JP950625.HTM - Culture of Equality is Urgently Needed Today
Pope John Paul II

'The Gospel message about women however has lost none of its timeliness,' the Holy Father said in His Angelus reflection on June 25, 1995. JOHN PAUL II EQUALITY MEN WOMEN

213. Papal Documents - JP2GENMP.HTM - Dangers Of Genetic Manipulation
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address to members of the World Medical Association (October 29, 1983) JOHN PAUL II GENETIC MANIPULATION MEDICAL PHYSICIANS

214. Papal Documents - JP931013.HTM - Deacon Has Many Pastoral Functions
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, 13 October, 1993, the Holy Father continued his discussion of the diaconate, focusing this week on the deacon's role as a liturgical minister and as one who promotes the apostolate of the laity.

215. Papal Documents - JP931020.HTM - Deacons Are Called to Life of Holiness
Pope John Paul II

The spirituality of the deacon was the topic of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of October 20, 1993.

216. Papal Documents - JP951130.HTM - Deacons Are Configured to Christ the Servant
Pope John Paul II

Address of the Pope to those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy, November 30, 1995.

217. Papal Documents - JP931005.HTM - Deacons Serve the Kingdom of God
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II audience of October 5, 1993.

218. Papal Documents - JP2DEDSH.HTM - Dedication of the Shrine of Divine Mercy
Pope John Paul II

On 17 August 2002, the Holy Father consecrated the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Lagiewniki. During his homily, the Pope took the opportunity with a solemn Papal act to entrust the world to the mercy of God and expressed his burning desire that the message of God's merciful love may be made known to all. FAUSTINA CONVERSION REPENTANCE FORGIVENESS CALVARY

219. Papal Documents - JP2DEMOC.HTM - Democracy Must Be Based on Moral Norms
Pope John Paul II

"Democracy—Reality and Responsibility" was the theme of the Sixth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which was held in the Vatican on 23-26 February 2000. For the occasion the Holy Father sent the academicians a Message, in which he stressed the importance of absolute moral norms as "the unshakable foundation and solid guarantee of a just and peaceful human coexistence, and hence of genuine democracy". SUBSIDIARITY PERSON RELATIVISM TOTALITARIAN ECUMEN

220. Papal Documents - JP961108.HTM - Democracy Without Values Threatens Peace
John Paul II

"The central theme of your plenary assembly is the relationship between democracy and values, to which I have frequently referred. It involves a range of the most timely and decisive issues for preserving and improving democratic systems", the Holy Father said to the those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace when he received them in audience on Friday, 8 November. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in French. Taken from the November 20, 1996 issue of L'Osservatore Romano.DEMOCRAT DEMOCRATIC DEMOCRACY

221. Papal Documents - JP2US95O.HTM - Departing Remarks, October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II

During his visit to the United Nations and the United States.

222. Papal Documents - JP2KZDEP.HTM - Departure From Astana
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father delivered his farewell address, 25 September 2001, at the International Airport in Astana, where he expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and success of his visit, and urged the people to be "committed to respect for life". SOLIDARITY DIALOGUE ISLAM

223. Papal Documents - JP2SYRDE.HTM - Departure From Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Tuesday morning, 8 May 2001, at the international airport of Damascus, the Holy Father took his formal leave from the Syrian Arab Republic in a ceremony at which he gave the following address. "The world looks to the Middle East with hope and concern, expectantly awaiting every sign of constructive dialogue ...." PEACE ISRAEL MUSLIM

224. Papal Documents - JP2TB40.HTM - Depersonalizing Effect of Concupiscence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 September 1980, the Holy Father further examined "adultery in the heart," spoken of by Our Lord in His Sermon on the Mount. When a woman is looked at lustfully by a man, she ceases to be regarded as a subject of personal attraction or communion, but only as an object of sexual satisfaction. And when this "intention" reaches the will, the man himself becomes enslaved. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

225. Papal Documents - JP97LENT.HTM - Developing Special Concern for the Homeless
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Lent 1997 message for the first year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000

226. Papal Documents - JP961124.HTM - Devotion to Mary Gave Direction to Their Lives
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Angelus, November 24, 1996.

227. Papal Documents - JP2BVM50.HTM - Devotion to Mary Is Based on Jesus' Will
Pope John Paul II

"The words, 'Behold, your mother!', express Jesus' intention to inspire in his disciples an attitude of love for and trust in Mary, leading them to recognize her as their mother, the mother of every believer", the Holy Father said at the General Audience on 7 May 1997. This was 50th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

228. Papal Documents - JP2DAPEA.HTM - Dialogue Between Cultures for a Civilization of Love and Peace
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father observes a "growing hope that relationships between people will be increasingly inspired by the ideal of a truly universal brotherhood," and warns that "unless this ideal is shared, there will be no way to ensure a stable peace." CULTURE MEDIA WEST HUMAN NATURE COMMUNICATION MIGRATION SOLIDARITY JUSTICE LIFE EDUCATION RECONCILIATION CATHOLICITY

229. Papal Documents - JP2DIAL.HTM - Dialogue calls for conversion of heart
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on 30 October 1998. NON-CHRISTIAN BUDDHISM HINDUISM JEW JUDAISM MOSLEM MUSLIM ISLAM

230. Papal Documents - JP950823.HTM - Dialogue with Reform Communities
Pope John Paul II

8/23/95

231. Papal Documents - JP2RELIG.HTM - Dialogue With the Great World Religions
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience on Wednesday, 19 May, the Holy Father spoke of the Church's esteem for "whatever is true and holy" in all religions, while stating that interreligious dialogue "cannot be limited to the search for a least common denominator". The Christian must always bear witness to what is distinctive in God's definitive revelation in Jesus Christ. ECUMENISM RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE MYSTICISM INDIFFERENTISM

232. Papal Documents - JP2DIES.HTM - Dies Domini
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter on Sunday The Day of the Lord. Bishop Marini, pointing out that this letter "has its reference point in Vatican Council II, in particular on the conciliar liturgical reform," said: "'Dies Domini' on making Sunday holy, is placed above all in the framework of the preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. ... The Pope indicates Sundays as a qualifying element of the identity of a Christian and of the Church which is presented to the generation of the new millennium. ... The better one celebrates Sunday, the better the Jubilee will be celebrated."

233. Papal Documents - JP97016.HTM - Different Traditions Can Be Mutually Enriching
John Paul II

"Let us invoke the grace of deeper relations of understanding and communion between Christians of the East and West. Indeed, not only must different liturgical traditions not become an obstacle to unity, but they must be an incentive to reciprocal knowledge and enrichment', the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on January 6, 1997, the feast of Epiphany.

234. Papal Documents - JP96D12.HTM - Disregard of Family Threatens Society
John Paul II

"A child's greatest poverty is to be deprived of the love, protection and tender warmth of a family", the Holy Father said to the Bishops who serve as Presidents of Latin American Episcopal Commissions for the Family, whom he received in audience on December 12, 1996, during a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family.

235. Papal Documents - JP2BYZKY.HTM - Divine Liturgy (Byzantine Rite) at Kyiv
Pope John Paul II

In his homily at Chayka Airport, 25 June 2001, the Holy Father calls for a fulfillment of the Savior's words in the Upper Room, "that they may all be one," in the reunion of Catholicism and Orthodoxy. ECUMEN PENTECOST PAPACY

236. Papal Documents - JP2BEATF.HTM - Divine Liturgy (Byzantine Rite) With Beatifications
Pope John Paul II

In his beatification homily, 27 June 2001, at the Hippodrome, Lviv, the Holy Father honors 28 Ukrainian Greek-Catholics, who died for the Faith, as examples of the "highest measure of service of God and of the Church." "They have shown that love is stronger than death." MARTYR

237. Papal Documents - JP96101.HTM - Divine Sonship is Our Inheritance
Pope John Paul II

Homily for January 1, 1996 the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, and the 29th World Day of Peace, celebrated in St Peter's Basilica.

238. Papal Documents - JP2THERE.HTM - Divini Amoris Scientia
Pope John Paul II

This apostolic letter of 19 October, 1997, proclaimed St. Therese of Lisieux a Doctor of the Church. SAINT FLOWER PRAYER WAY

239. Papal Documents - JP2DIVPE.HTM - Divinus Perfectionis Magister
Pope John Paul II

This Apostolic Constitution, published 25 January 1983, streamlined the process by which a candidate for canonization is investigated, relieving the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of some of the responsibility, and entrusting more to diocesan authorities. BEATIFICATION PETITIONER POSTULATOR SERVANT OF GOD MARTYRDOM RELATORS CONSULTORS PROMOTOR OF THE FAITH MIRACLES CULT

240. Papal Documents - JP97111.HTM - Do Not Lose Heart As You Preach Christ's Gospel to the Indifferent
John Paul II

"It is by listening to what 'the Spirit says to the Churches' (Rv 2:7) that [the Bishop] can exercise his responsibilities, starting with an open and well-disposed discernment of the successes or failures, of the dynamic initiatives or unfortunate passivity which mark the progress of the People of God", the Holy Father said to the first group of French Bishops to make their ad limina visit when he received them in audience on January 11,1997.

241. Papal Documents - JP2TB69.HTM - Doctrine of the Resurrection according to St. Paul
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 27 January 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further examining St. Paul's teaching, in 1 Corinthians 15, on the general resurrection. The resurrection of the body completes man's redemption from the effects of sin. CREATION COSMOS DEATH

242. Papal Documents - JP2DOLEN.HTM - Dolentium Hominum
Pope John Paul II

With this Apostolic Letter, issued Motu Proprio, 11 February 1985, the Holy Father established the Pontifical Commission for the Apostolate of Health Care Workers. The Commission has the task of stimulating and fostering the work of study, formation, and action carried out by the various international Catholic organizations in the health care field. SICK SUFFERING DOCTORS NURSES PARAMEDICS PHARMACISTS

243. Papal Documents - JP2TB29.HTM - Dominion Over the Other in the Interpersonal Relation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. Because of their sin, the man and woman feel shame toward each other, their communion is weakened, and he will exercise dominion over her. EQUALITY LUST MALE FEMALE

244. Papal Documents - JJP2URBI.HTM - Easter Sunday, Urbi et Orbi
Pope John Paul II

On a warm, bright Easter Sunday morning, 23 April 2000, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Square with the thousands of pilgrims who had come to Rome for Easter of the Holy Year. At the end of the solemn liturgy, the Pope read his Message Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world). PEACE RACISM XENOPHOBIA

245. Papal Documents - JP960929.HTM - Eastern Spirituality Emphasizes the 'Heart'
John Paul II

The Holy Father's Angelus message for September 29, 1996.

246. Papal Documents - JP960811.HTM - Eastern Theology Has Enriched the Whole Church
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on August 11, 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the development of Eastern theology and stressed the importance of having a positive outlook.

247. Encyclicals - JP2EUCHA.HTM - Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Pope John Paul II

Signed by the Holy Father at the Mass of the Lord's Supper, 17 April 2003, this encyclical replaced his customary Holy Thursday letter to priests, and was addressed to the whole of the Catholic Church. His exposition of the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church is intended to remedy the liturgical abuses and heterodox teachings that are found in some places. "It is my hope that the present Encyclical Letter will effectively help to banish the dark clouds of unacceptable doctrine and practice, so that the Eucharist will continue to shine forth in all its radiant mystery." EUCHARISTIC PASCHAL MYSTERY TRIDUUM SACRIFICE BANQUET PRESENCE MASS COMMUNION ADORATION APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION PRIESTHOOD ECUMENICAL ART ARCHITECTURE CULTURE MARY

248. Papal Documents - JP2AFRIC.HTM - Ecclesia in Africa
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II made public on September 15, 1995. The theme of this apostolic exhortation is the evangelizing mission of the Church in Africa as the year 2000 approaches.

249. Papal Documents - JP2AMER.HTM - Ecclesia in America
Pope John Paul II

The Apostolic Exhortation The Church in America was issued on 23 January 1999 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalulpe in Mexico City. It is the Pope's response to the Synod of the Bishops of America held in Rome in 1997 and should be considered the millennial program of Catholic life and evangelization for the Church in America - the single continent stretching from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

250. Papal Documents - JP2ASIA.HTM - Ecclesia in Asia
Pope John Paul II

On 6 November 1999, in New Delhi, India, the Holy Father officially closed the work of the Synod for Asia by promulgating the Apostolic Exhortation The Church in Asia. The work of the Synod is intended to guide the Church in Asia into the Third Millennium, in its evangelization of that continent. NEW EVANGELIZATION JUBILEE THIRD MILLENNIUM

251. Papal Documents - JP2ECEUR.HTM - Ecclesia in Europa
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Exhortation, published 28 June 2003, the Holy Father summarizes the conclusions of the 2nd Synod of Bishops for Europe, 1999, offering guidance to a new Europe, aided by the Gospel. The Pope appeals to European Catholics to live the Gospel to the utmost, as he detects in the Church in Europe symptoms of worldliness. He invites the faithful not to lose their Christian identity, to recover the interior life, and to maintain communion. He urges a "healthy cooperation" between Church and State, to promote agreement on "values expressed in law and in life." He warns that the European Union "will not have solidity if it is reduced to the geographic and economic dimension only." HOPE REVELATION SECULARISM LAICISM SOLIDARITY FAMILY RELATIVISM CULTURE AGNOSTICISM MEDIA MESSIANISM MILLENARIANISM COMPLEMENTARITY MARTYRDOM HOLINESS ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS COMMUNITIES INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE ECUMENISM PERSON DIGNITY EUCHARIST CHARISMS VOCATIONS MISSION BISHOPS PRIESTS CELIBACY CONSECRATED LIFE LAITY WOMEN PROCLAMATION CATECHISM SENSUS FIDEI JEWS ISLAM EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION YOUTH LITURGY SACRAMENTS RECONCILIATION PRAYER LORD'S DAY MARRIAGE MARY

252. Papal Documents - JP2OCEAN.HTM - Ecclesia in Oceania
Pope John Paul II

On 22 November 2001, Pope John Paul II made cyberhistory with the first publication of an official document on the Internet. The apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in Oceania" has the conclusions of that continent's Synod of Bishops, held in Rome in 1998. COMMUNIO KOINONIA AUSTRALIA PAPUA NEW ZEALAND NEW GUINEA MELANESIA POLYNESIA MICRONESIA MISSION EVANGEL INCULTURATION KERYGMA HUMAN RIGHTS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LIFE ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION HEALTH SCRIPTURE LITURGY EUCHRIST PENANCE ANOINTING SICK LAITY YOUTH MARRIAGE FAMILY WOMEN PRIEST DEACON CONSECRATED MARY

253. Papal Documents - JP2ARMEC.HTM - Ecumenical Liturgy, Yerevan
Pope John Paul II

On 26 September 2001, the Holy Father took part in a liturgy of prayer for unity at the newly consecrated Cathedral of St Gregory in Yerevan, where he and the Catholicos, Karekin II, venerated the relic of St Gregory the Illuminator. The Holy Father hopes for a stronger ecumenical dialogue, in view of how little separates the Armenian Church from the Catholic Church. UNITY HEALING MEMORIES

254. Papal Documents - JP961207.HTM - Ecumenism Is Now An Urgent Task for the Catholic Church
John Paul II

"An increasingly intense fraternal life between the communities of the different rites will call all our Christian brothers and sisters to unite around their Lord; it will also be a Gospel witness for all your compatriots", the Holy Father said to the members of the Episcopal Conference of Romania whom he received in audience on 7 December 1996, during their ad limina visit to Rome.

255. Papal Documents - JP950523.HTM - Ecumenism of Martyrs and Saints
Pope John Paul II

May 23, 1995. Address to the official delegation from Bulgaria visiting Rome to celebrate the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. JOHN PAUL II MARTYRS SAINTS ECUMENISM EASTERN ORTHODOX

256. Papal Documents - JP950903.HTM - Enhance Women's Role in Church Life
Pope John Paul II

9/3/95

257. Papal Documents - JP2ENTHU.HTM - Enthusiastic Faith Alone Is Not Enough
Pope John Paul II

In his address (1 June 1998) to the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, holding their eighth international meeting in Rome, the Holy Father stated that, to avoid subjectivism and mature in faith, it is necessary to grow in knowledge of its truths. RENEWAL MAGISTERIUM CHARISMS

258. Papal Documents - JP2CATH.HTM - Epiphany Celebrates Church's Catholicity
Pope John Paul II

On 6 January, the Solemnity of Epiphany, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica and ordained 12 new Bishops, who will serve in 11 different countries around the world. In his homily, delivered on this occasion, the Pope says that the new Pastors represent the universality of the Church on the feast which celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the nations. EPISCOPATE CONSECRATION

259. Papal Documents - JP950820.HTM - Equal Opportunity Still Urgently Needed
Pope John Paul II

8/20/95

260. Papal Documents - JP2TB46.HTM - Eros and Ethos Meet and Bear Fruit in the Human Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 November 2004, the Holy Father explained that the warning of Christ against looking lustfully at a woman is less an accusation than an appeal, that what the heart desires (eros) should also be what is right (ethos). SEX PLATO PHILOSOPHY THEOLOGY OF THE BODY EROTIC ETHICS

261. Papal Documents - JP2TB41.HTM - Establishing the Ethical Sense
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 1 October 1980, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the words of Our Lord, in His Sermon on the Mount, concerning adultery in the heart. It is not merely a matter of lusting after a woman who is not one's wife, but of looking at her in a way dismissive of her dignity as well as of one's own. MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY SEX

262. Papal Documents - JP960731.HTM - Eternal Son of God Is Also Born of Mary
John Paul II

The profound relationship between Mary's virginity and the mystery of the Incarnation was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of July 31, 1996.

263. Papal Documents - JP2BVM28.HTM - Eternal Son of God Is Also Born of Mary
Pope John Paul II

The profound relationship between Mary's virginity and the mystery of the Incarnation was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 31 July 1996. Through the Redemption accomplished by her Son, Mary becomes the spiritual mother of all those who receive new birth to eternal life. The 28th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. VIRGINAL CONCEPTION ANNUNCIATION

264. Papal Documents - JP970105.HTM - Eternal Word Fully Entered Human Family
John Paul II

"By becoming man, the Eternal Word of God fully entered the human family putting himself in the lineage of a specific family tradition", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, 5 January 1997, as he reflected on the ancestry of Jesus and the title "son of David" he is given in the Gospels.

265. Papal Documents - JP2TB24.HTM - Ethical and Anthropological Content of the Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 23 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. He examined the meaning of adultery, which is a breach in the unity of husband and wife, even if only by an interior act ("adultery in the heart"). He cited the case of David and Bathsheba. MARRIAGE SEX UNITIVE

266. Papal Documents - JP2TB62.HTM - Ethical Responsibilities in Art
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 May 1981, the Holy Father concluded his reflections on looking lustfully (from the Sermon on the Mount) with respect to artistic depictions of the human body. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CULTURE PORNOGRAPHY NAKEDNESS SUBLIMATION CONCUPISCENCE CHASTITY

267. Papal Documents - JP2EUROP.HTM - Europe Must Rediscover Shared Values
Pope John Paul II

On 6-7 May celebrations were held in Budapest, Hungary, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe, the oldest institution formed to overcome political divisions in the wake of World War II. For the occasion, the Holy Father sent a Message, whose theme was the dignity of the human person. "The focal point of our common European heritage—religious, juridical and cultural—is the singular and inalienable dignity of the human person." As European nations have striven for political unity, so they must overcome religious differences, which undermine the individual and dissipate the energies of peoples. RIGHTS FREEDOMS BUDAPEST DECLARATION TOTALITARIANISM BALKANS KOSOVO

268. Encyclicals - JP2EVANG.HTM - Evangelium Vitae
Pope John Paul II

The Encyclical Gospel of Life, on the value and inviolability of human life. Given in Rome on March 25, 1995. JOHN PAUL II ENCYCLICAL LIFE SEX ABORTION EUTHANASIA ELDERLY DYING VIOLENCE

269. Papal Documents - JP97202A.HTM - Every Human Life Is Sacred
John Paul II

"Life, one's own and that of others cannot be disposed of at will: it belongs to the Author of life. Love inspires the culture of life, while selfishness inspires the culture of death", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, February 2, 1997, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, as well as the first World Day for Consecrated Life and, in Italy, Pro-Life Day.

270. Papal Documents - JP2TB83.HTM - Everyone Has His Own Gift from God, Suited to His Vocation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by further examination of St. Paul's statement that it is better to choose continence than to marry. While the gift of continence allows an undivided love for God, the grace of marriage is a true gift, suited to that state in life. CELIBACY

271. Papal Documents - JP95716A.HTM - Faith is the Greatest Gift
Pope John Paul II

Homily given July 16, 1995 at Mass in St. Lorenzo's parish in Les Combes, Val d'Aosta. JOHN PAUL II FAITH EUCHARIST

272. Papal Documents - JP2EDUC.HTM - Faith offers complete vision of man
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Catholic Education on 26 October 1998. SCHOOL COLLEGE UNIVERSITY SEMINARY

273. Papal Documents - JP2BVM67.HTM - Faithful Have Filial Devotion to Mary
Pope John Paul II

"When the faithful call upon Mary as 'Mother of God' and contemplate in her the highest dignity conferred upon a creature, they are still not offering her a veneration equal to that of the divine Persons. There is an infinite distance between Marian veneration and worship of the Trinity and the Incarnate Word", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 22 October 1997, as he spoke about the nature of the Church's devotion to Mary. This was the 67th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ADORATION CANA COMFORTER ADVOCATE HELPER

274. Papal Documents - JP840808.HTM - Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 8, 1984. Fifth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE FERTILITY CONTRACEPTION

275. Papal Documents - JP2TB117.HTM - Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 8 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his analysis of Humanae Vitae, in comparing natural regulation of fertility with contraception. There is an essential difference between the two, the former following the lead of nature, the latter obstructing it. BIRTH CONTROL THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

276. Papal Documents - JP2FAMIL.HTM - Familiaris Consortio (On the family)
Pope John Paul II

Familiaris Consortio was issued on December 15, 1981. In this apostolic exhortation, John Paul II covers the situation of the Christian family in the modern world, God's plan for marriage and the family, the role of the Christian family and the pastoral care of the family. MAN JESUS CHILDREN LOVE WOMEN MEN CHURCH LIFE EDUCATION PRAYER DONATION GIFT VIRGINITY CELIBACY

277. Papal Documents - JP2CRPUS.HTM - Families Draw Their Life From the Eucharist
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday, 19 June 2003, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass for the Solemnity of "Corpus Christi" in the square of the Basilica of St John Lateran, and took part in the traditional procession to St Mary Major after Mass. In his Homily, the Pope pointed out that Christian families discover the source of their unity and love in the Eucharist, which "lights up our journey". EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

278. Papal Documents - JP960509.HTM - Family Must Be Focus of Pastoral Care
John Paul II

The Holy Father's address to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, to mark the celebration of their 15th anniversary, given on May 9, 1996.

279. Papal Documents - JP2FRWL.HTM - Farewell Address to the People of Ukraine
Pope John Paul II

In bidding farewell, 27 June 2001, at the International Airport in Lviv, the Holy Father urged Ukraine to become a part of Europe, whose historical role and capability of "spreading civilization" depends on the sharing of the "complementary values" of the peoples of East and West.

280. Papal Documents - JP2ARMFR.HTM - Farewell to Armenia
Pope John Paul II

On 27 September 2001, the Holy Father said farewell before boarding the plane back to Rome. He reiterated his gratitude to the President and the Catholicos, and to all who helped make his visit a success, and also pledged his moral support as Armenia engages in the task of rebuilding after the disaster of totalitarianism. MARTYR DIGNITY PERSON SOLIDARITY

281. Papal Documents - JP2MALFA.HTM - Farewell to Malta
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday evening, 9 May 2001, the Holy Father departed for Rome from the International Airport of Gudja. His farewell address was in English. "The future of peace in the world depends on strengthening dialogue and understanding between cultures and religions. Continue in your traditions". LIFE PERSON FAMILY SOLIDARITY

282. Papal Documents - JP960908.HTM - Fathers of the East Knew How to Listen to Spirit of God
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on September 8, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of the repeated demand for spirituality and the contribution of Eastern Christianity.

283. Papal Documents - JP2FETUS.HTM - Fetal Life Must Be Protected and Nurtured
Pope John Paul II

On 3 April 2000, the Holy Father addressed participants in an international congress on the "Fetus as a Patient", organized by the Gynaecological and Obstetrical Clinic of Rome's "La Sapienza" University, approving fetal therapies while condemning artificial means of reproduction. FERTILIZ GENETIC EMBRYO

284. Papal Documents - JP2FIDEI.HTM - Fidei Depositum
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution promulgating the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Issued 11 october, 1992. DOCTRINE DOGMA CREED DEPOSIT FAITH

285. Papal Documents - JP961229.HTM - Fidelity of Husband and Wife Stands Like a Solid Rock on which Children's Trust Rests
John Paul II

"The message that comes from the Holy Family is first and foremost a message of faith: the house of Nazareth is a home which truly centers on God", the Holy said before he prayed the Angelus on December 29, 1996.

286. Encyclicals - JP2FIDES.HTM - Fides et ratio
Pope John Paul II

The Pope's encyclical addresses the question of whether "faith and reason" (the encyclical's title) are compatible. He also undertakes a critical analysis of the state of contemporary philosophy, which has fallen in many cases into relativism and subjectivism, encouraging a recovery of the authentic nature of this important discipline, especially as it relates to theology. In addition to being a magisterial statement, in this encyclical the Pope's great personal competence in philosophy and acquaintance with the current situation is clearly evident.

287. Papal Documents - JP96-904.HTM - Fifth Centenary of First American Baptisms
John Paul II

Holy Father's Letter addressed to the Bishops of the Dominican Republic for the fifth centenary of the first Baptisms conferred in the New World.

288. Papal Documents - JP970210.HTM - Filipino Families Are Seeking Sound Doctrine, Grace and Human Empathy
John Paul II

"It is to the majority of the faithful who struggle each day to live up to the demands of their Christian dignity in marriage and the family that pastoral efforts are principally directed . . . . They look to their spiritual guides for the support of sound doctrine, the grace of the sacraments and the human empathy which will sustain them in the never easy mission of being a true 'domestic church', the first community to be evangelized, so that it in turn can be the proximate and immediate evangelizer of its members", the Holy Father said on February 10, 1997 to the third group of Philippine Bishops to make their ad limina visit to Rome. The Pope's talk focused on the family and the promotion of social justice.

289. Papal Documents - JP2JOURN.HTM - First Address to Journalists
Pope John Paul II

During his first meeting with the representatives of the international press on 21 October 1978, the Holy Father commended them on their coverage of recent events, the death of Paul VI, the election and death of John Paul I, and his own election, and encouraged them to use the freedom of information and expression which they enjoy to "sets facts in their true significance for the Church and for mankind." COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA

290. Papal Documents - JP1ANGAD.HTM - First Angelus Address
Pope John Paul I

In his first Angelus address, the Holy Father reflected on his election as Pope and how he chose a double name.

291. Papal Documents - JP2ANGL1.HTM - First Angelus With the Faithful
Pope John Paul II

On 22 October 1978, in his first Angelus with the faithful as Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II recalled that, with the Blessed Virgin's fiat to the Angel of the Annunciation, the Church was conceived, with the conception of the Word made flesh. INCARNATION

292. Papal Documents - JP2PIJO.HTM - Five Men Linked by a Desire for Holiness
Pope John Paul II

On 3 September 2000, the Holy Father presided at a solemn concelebrated Mass in St Peter's Square, at which he beatified five servants of God: Popes Pius IX and John XXIII, Archbishop Tommaso Reggio of Genoa, Fr William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianists, and Dom Columba Marmion, Abbot of Maredsous and a noted spiritual author. Here is the Holy Father's homily. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION VATICAN MARTHA MARIANIST

293. Papal Documents - JP2FRANC.HTM - Follow the Example of Francis Faithfully
Pope John Paul II

On 9 August 2003, the Holy Father met with participants of the Third International Convention of "Young People to Assisi", held in Assisi from 3-10 August. He told the participants that as Francis encountered Christ in the poor and lepers, "so too you, faithfully following his example, will be able to welcome the Redeemer and to serve him... in every suffering and marginalized person". FRANCISCANS SAN DAMIANO

294. Papal Documents - JPSUMMIT.HTM - Food Security Results from Ethic of Solidarity
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Address to World Food Summit November 13, 1996.

295. Papal Documents - JP2UZHHO.HTM - For the 350th Anniversary of the Union of Uzhhorod
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II issued April 18, 1996.

296. Papal Documents - JP244ITA.HTM - For the 44th Italian Catholic Social Week
Pope John Paul II

On the occasion of the 44th Italian Catholic Social Week, 7-10 October 2004, the Holy Father, inspired by the theme of the Week, "Democracy: new scenes, new powers", sent a Message to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar of Rome. The Pope's message stressed that "authentic democracy" must centre on the person and acknowledge the truth, which "is the best antidote to ideological fanaticism in scientific, political and even religious circles." SUBSIDIARITY GOVERNMENT SOCIETY POLITICS RELATIVISM

297. Papal Documents - JP2WMS78.HTM - For the 78th World Mission Sunday: 17 October 2004
Pope John Paul II

On 29 April 2004, the Message of the Holy Father for the 78th World Mission Sunday (17 October 2004) was released by the Vatican. With his theme of "Eucharist and Mission," the Pope stresses the need to "re-launch the mission 'ad gentes' with courage, starting with the proclamation of Christ, Redeemer of every human person", and to draw the strength of resolve in this task from the Most Holy Eucharist. EVANGELIZATION MASS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

298. Papal Documents - JP2UKRN.HTM - Fourth Centenary of the Union of Brest
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II for the Fourth Centenary of the Union of Brest. Issued November 12, 1995. EASTERN ORTHODOX BYZANTINE

299. Papal Documents - JP2FREED.HTM - Freedom of Conscience and of Religion
Pope John Paul II

September 1, 1980. John Paul submits a few special considerations on human rights, especially freedom of conscience, to the authorities of the Helsinki Final Act's signatory countries, with a view to encouraging a serious examination of the present situation of this liberty so as to ensure that it is effectively guaranteed everywhere. DIGNITY PRAYER PARENTS SCHOOLS MEDIA CIVIC DISCRIMINATION

300. Papal Documents - JP2SUB.HTM - From Subiaco Shines a Beacon of Faith
Pope John Paul II

The Benedictine monastic family is preparing to celebrate the 1,500th anniversary of the foundation of St Benedict's first monastery at Subiaco, Italy. For the occasion the Holy Father sent a Message to the Abbot, Dom Mauro Meacci, in which he speaks of the centrality of prayer and reflection on God's Word in monastic life. RULE INTERIORIZATION LECTIO DIVINA

301. Papal Documents - JP950830.HTM - Full Christian Unity Can Be Achieved
Pope John Paul II

8/30/95

302. Papal Documents - JP2TB12.HTM - Fullness of Interpersonal Communication
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 19 December 1979, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body, analyzing the absence of shame in our first parents, despite their nakedness, and its bearing on their communication with each other. COMMUNION PERSONS

303. Papal Documents - JP950531.HTM - General Audience
Pope John Paul II

May 31, 1995 'The difficulties that sometimes accompany the development of evangelization highlight a delicate problem, whose solution is not to be sought in purely historical or sociological terms: the problem of the salvation of those who do not visibly belong to the Church.' JOHN PAUL II EVANGELIZATION SALVATION

304. Papal Documents - JP950524.HTM - General Audience
Pope John Paul II

May 24, 1995 The Pope devotes this catechesis to the Pastoral Visit he made to Czecholovakia and Poland and links this visit to the document 'Tertio millennio adveniente.' JOHN PAUL II CZECHOLOVAKIA POLAND ECUMENISM

305. Papal Documents - JP950503.HTM - General Audience May 3, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Pope speaks on the fundamental commitment of the Church to evangelization and how missionaries fulfill the principle that the whole Church is missionary. JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS EVANGELIZATION

306. Papal Documents - JP2F2295.HTM - General Audience of February 22, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II continues his discussion of consecrated life speaking on the role of male religious who do not receive Holy Orders. JOHN PAUL II RELIGIOUS INSTITUTES LAY BROTHERHOOD

307. Papal Documents - JP2F295.HTM - General Audience of Wednesday, February 15, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II continues his catechesis on consecrated life, speaking about religious priests. JOHN PAUL II CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS PRIESTS

308. Papal Documents - JP2PS150.HTM - General Audience, 26 February 2003
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience, commenting on Psalm 150, in which all resources of the Temple were called upon to offer worthy praise to God, the Holy Father called for an examination of conscience that would rid our churches of ugly texts and music. WORSHIP LITURGY PRAYER SAINTS

309. Papal Documents - JP2TBIND.HTM - General Audiences: John Paul II's Theology of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audiences, from September 1979, intermittently over a period of three years, and again in 1988, Pope John Paul II explained his Theology of the Body. Starting with the creation of man and woman as recorded in the Book of Genesis, he drew all the implications of that record for human love in the plan of God. This is an index page (in development) for the Holy Father's series of teachings on this subject. MARRIAGE UNITIVE MALE FEMALE SEX PROCREATION PERSONS METAPHYSICS BEING EXISTENCE IMAGE OF GOD ADAM MYTH ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN PROTO-GOSPEL MESSIAH SOLITUDE ANTHROPOLOGY LOGIC FREE WILL COVENANT PRAXIS COMMUNION CORPORALITY MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD MASCULINITY FEMININITY ADAM EVE MARY EUSEBEIA WISDOM REDEMPTION BEATITUDES HOLINESS LUST CHASTITY UNCHASTITY MODESTY TEMPERANCE PIETY FAMILY PEDAGOGY CULTURE OBJECTIVIZATION NUDITY PORNOGRAPHY NATURALISM NAKEDNESS SUBLIMATION LIFE DEATH REVELATION PHARISEES LEVIRATE LAW PLATO ARISTOTLE THOMAS AQUINAS GRACE SOUL SPIRIT PSYCHOSOMATIC ESCHATOLOGY BEATIFIC VISION WIVES HUSBANDS CHILDREN MASTERS SLAVES SERVANTS COMMUNIO PERSONARUM PROPHETISM FIDELITY ADULTERY CONJUGAL ACT CYCLES OF FERTILITY CONTINENCE FEAR

310. Papal Documents - JP2PELCZ.HTM - God Demands No More Than We Can Give
Pope John Paul II

On 18 May 2003, the Holy Father canonized four Saints at a Mass in St Peter's Square: Bl. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, Bishop of Przemysl, Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; Bl. Ursula Julia Ledochowska, virgin, Foundress of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony; Bl. Maria De Mattias, virgin, Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ; Bl. Virginia Centurione Bracelli, widow, Foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge on Mount Calvary, and of the Daughters of Our Lady on Mount Calvary. HOLINESS MARY

311. Papal Documents - JP97216.HTM - God has made a new covenant in Christ
John Paul II

"At the beginning of Lent, Christ's victory over the devil gives us an indication of how to defeat evil with asceticism, of which fasting is an expression, in order to live this season in a genuine way", the Holy Father said, during Mass he celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent, February 16, 1997, at the Roman Parish of St Andrew Avellino.

312. Papal Documents - JP2MATR.HTM - God Himself Is the Author of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

On 1 February 2001, the Holy Father received the Prelate Auditors, officials and advocates of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota for the opening of the new judicial year. The Pope took the occasion to speak of marriage as a natural institution, stressing: "When the Church teaches that marriage is a natural reality, she is proposing a truth evinced by reason for the good of the couple and of society, and confirmed by the revelation of Our Lord". FAMILY NATURE SACRAMENT PERSON CULTURE LAW

313. Papal Documents - JP2BVM17.HTM - God Is Ever Faithful to His Covenant
Pope John Paul II

In the General Audience of 24 April 1996, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Blessed Virgin by focusing on the the spousal imagery of husband and wife used in the Old Testament to portray the Covenant relationship between God and Israel. This was the 17th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. SALVATION HISTORY INFIDELITY IDOLATRY HOSEA

314. Papal Documents - JP2STWRD.HTM - God Made Man the Steward of Creation
Pope John Paul II

The effort to prevent ecological catastrophe was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of Wednesday, 17 January 2001. The Pope reminded his listeners that man's lordship over creation is not "absolute, but ministerial: it is a real reflection of the unique and infinite lordship of God. Hence man must exercise it with wisdom and love, sharing in the boundless wisdom and love of God". ECOLOGY PARADIS NYSSA BUBER

315. Papal Documents - JP97101A.HTM - God Never Tires of Loving and Forgiving Us
John Paul II

"It is hard and sometimes even appears to be impossible to forgive, but it is the only way, because all revenge and all violence give rise to further revenge and violence", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Wednesday, 1 January, World Day of Peace.

316. Papal Documents - JP951119.HTM - God Will Judge the World With Justice
John Paul II

November 19, 1996 Pope John Paul II reflects on the "last things".

317. Papal Documents - JP961221.HTM - God's Grace Will Nourish Your Love
John Paul II

"But what is salvation? We must rediscover the rich meaning of this word that is central to the Christian proclamation, that is evoked by the very name of Jesus: God saves", the Holy Father said on Saturday, 21 December 1996, when he received in audience the members of the Roman Curia for the annual exchange of Christmas greetings. The Holy Father reviewed the year's principal events and appealed to "all who have power and responsibility not to draw back from the critical emergencies".

318. Papal Documents - JJP2COM.HTM - God's Law Is Written on the Human Heart
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 1 March 2000, the Holy Father reflected on his recent journey to Egypt, the first stage of his Jubilee Pilgrimage, speaking especially of its high point, the visit to Mount Sinai, where God gave His law to Moses. COMMANDMENTS BEATITUDES MORAL

319. Papal Documents - JP2TB43.HTM - Gospel Values and Duties of the Human Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 15 October 1980, the Holy Father continued his analysis of "adultery in the heart" by distinguishing condemnation of lust from a condemnation of the body. MANICHAEISM GNOSIS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY MASCULINE FEMININE

320. Papal Documents - JP970215.HTM - Great Jubilee Will Benefit All Humanity
John Paul II

The Church's gaze ... is turned to the Year 2000, which is a highly significant date, a Holy Year of special importance for many of our contemporaries, the Holy Father said to members of the Regional Board and Council of the Lazio region, whom he received in audience on Saturday, February 15, 1997. The Pope spoke of the need for Church and government officials to work together in planning for the Great Jubilee.

321. Papal Documents - JP2US95N.HTM - Greeting in Baltimore Cathedral October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II

during his visit to the United Nations and the United States.

322. Papal Documents - JP2US95J.HTM - Greeting in St. Patrick's, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Following the recitation of the Rosary, the Holy Father greets those present, addressing special words to Religious and to Catholic families. Recognizing the particular difficulties which these two groups encounter in living out their vocations, he encourages Religious in their witness to the newness of life in Christ and asks families to grow in unity and to foster God's gift of life. He especially commends family prayer and recourse

323. Papal Documents - JP2US95C.HTM - Greeting to the United Nations Staff, October 5, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses a special greeting to the staff members of the United Nations Organization and expresses the Church's support for their work on behalf of international justice and peace. In the international order, the Church is the voice of human conscience, proclaiming that the human person must be the true focus of all social, political and economic activity. His Holiness encourages the staff members to allow re

324. Papal Documents - JP2MSSZL.HTM - Grow in Faith and Missionary Zeal
Pope John Paul II

On the afternoon of Christmas Day, the Holy Father opened the Holy Door in the Basilica of St John Lateran and led the faithful into the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, where he celebrated Second Vespers of the Solemnity of Christmas. The Pope expressed the hope that the mystery of Christmas would fill the hearts of Rome's diocesan community with lasting light and recalled that they had entered through the Holy Door, "which represents Christ himself." HOLY YEAR JUBILEE

325. Papal Documents - JP2SPYR.HTM - Grow in Love of Christ and His Church as St. Paul Tells Us
Pope John Paul II

In his Message to those taking part in the Convention in Speyer, Germany, a follow-up to the meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in St Peter's Square on the eve of Pentecost last year, the Holy Father urged them to be committed to a common witness. He rejoiced to see how new movements and communities "feel the need to come together in ecclesial communion...to share the gifts they have received, support one another in difficulty and cooperate to face the challenges of the new evangelization together." ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS SPEYER CONVENTION CHARISMS

326. Papal Documents - JP2HEAVN.HTM - Heaven, Hell and Purgatory
Pope John Paul II

In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of the spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. ESCHATOLOGY SALVATION PURIFICATION DAMNATION

327. Papal Documents - JP2URB1.HTM - His First Urbi et Orbi Address
Pope John Paul II

On the morning of Tuesday 17 October 1978, the day after his election as Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass together with the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. At the end of the Mass, His Holiness addressed the cardinals and the world, pledging fidelity to Vatican II. ECCLESIOLOGY PAPACY BISHOPS COLLEGIALITY MAGISTERIUM ECUMENISM

328. Papal Documents - JP2HEART.HTM - His Heart is the Heart of the Church
Pope John II

In his message for the Centenary of the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Father calls on all believers, inspired by the "living image of the infinite love of Christ", to participate in the work of salvation. Their consecration commits believers to join in the "missionary activity of the Church herself, because it answers the desire of Jesus' Heart". LEO XIII VATICAN II EUCHARIST

329. Papal Documents - JP2HLYCT.HTM - Holy City is Mother of All Churches
Pope John Paul II

In a letter to the Patriarch, Auxiliary Bishops, priests and deacons, men and women religious, and the faithful of the Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem for Latins, the Holy Father recalls the importance of Jerusalem to all Christians. SHRINE ISRAEL PALESTIN FRANCISCAN

330. Papal Documents - JP951231.HTM - Holy Family Radiates Example of True Love
John Paul II

Given on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 31, 1996. The Holy Father adds a new title to the Litany of Loretto, Queen of the Family.

331. Papal Documents - JP2JA18B.HTM - Holy Father Greets Delegations From 22 Churches and Ecclesial Communities
Pope John Paul II

Following the Ecumenical Celebration held on 18 January 2000 at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls, the Holy Father went to the Benedictine Abbey attached to the basilica for a luncheon with the members of the delegations from various Churches and Ecclesial Communities that had participated in the service. At the end of the fraternal meal the Pope expressed his gratitude to all the delegations and to the Benedictine monks who hosted the gathering. JUBILEE ECUMENICAL

332. Papal Documents - JJP2MRNT.HTM - Holy Father to Maronite Pilgrims
Pope John Paul II

On 10 February 2000, the Holy Father received members of the Maronite community, who had come to Rome for the Jubilee of Maronites. In his address, the Pope commended the See of Antioch for its fidelity to the See of Rome, in commitment to the unity of the Church. ST MARON EVANGELIZATION LEBANON

333. Papal Documents - JP2HT95.HTM - Holy Father's 1995 Letter to Priests For Holy Thursday
Pope John Paul II

The Pope discusses the important role of women in priests' life. Released April 7, 1995 by the Vatican. JOHN PAUL II HOLY THURSDAY WOMEN PRIESTS

334. Papal Documents - JP2ROTA.HTM - Holy Father's Address to Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

On 21 January 2000, the Holy Father addressed officials of the Roman Rota in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace. The Pope spoke of the possible juridical effect of the current divorce mentality on marital consent and reiterated the Church's constant teaching that a ratified consummated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power, not even the Roman Pontiff's. MAGISTERIUM ANNULMENT TRIBUNAL

335. Papal Documents - JP2PTRNS.HTM - Holy Father's Apostolic Letter: Three Co-patronesses of Europe
Pope John Paul II

In December 1980, the Holy Father declared the brothers Cyril and Methodius co-patrons of Europe, with St Benedict. Now (Oct '99) the Pope has designated three patronesses, Sts Bridget of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. "Three great saints, three women who at different times—two in the very heart of the Middle Ages and one in our own century—were outstanding for their fruitful love of Christ's Church and their witness to his Cross." SANCTITY PROPHECY HOLOCAUST

336. Papal Documents - JJP2CORP.HTM - Holy Father's Homily for Corpus Christi
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday evening, 22 June 2000, thousands of the faithful gathered in front of the Basilica of St John Lateran for the Holy Father's Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi. The Holy Father's homily was centred on the three themes suggested by the Scripture readings of the feast: the institution of the Eucharist, the sacrifice of Melchizedek and the multiplication of the loaves. At the end of Mass the Pope, prelates, clergy, religious and lay faithful escorted the Blessed Sacrament in solemn procession to the Basilica of St Mary Major, where Benediction was celebrated. EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

337. Papal Documents - JJP2LENT.HTM - Holy Father's Message for Lent 2000
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father highlights the special character of Lent in the year of the Great Jubilee. It is a time for all the faithful to "renew their fidelity to Christ and proclaim his mystery of salvation with renewed ardour in the new millennium." PILGRIM HOLY LAND CONVERSION PERSON

338. Papal Documents - JP2LNT03.HTM - Holy Father's Message for Lent 2003
Pope John Paul II

Published 6 February, the Lenten Message of the Holy Father for 2003 has for its theme, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Ac 20,35). He draws a close connection between the virtue of charity and the new evangelization, and shows the need for charity to form the basis for social assistance. SOLIDARITY COMPASSION

339. Papal Documents - JP2LNT05.HTM - Holy Father's Message for Lent 2005
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II in his Message for Lent 2005 exhorted the faithful to express their affection and respect for the elderly, in the face of proposals to introduce euthanasia. In a text from the Book of Deuteronomy "Loving the Lord ... Means Life to You, and Length of Days," the Holy Father expresses the hope that this Lent will help "to deepen the awareness of the role that the elderly are called to play in society and in the Church." MORTIFICATION MEDICINE PALLIATIVE CURES SOLIDARITY

340. Papal Documents - JP2HL2K.HTM - Holy Land Pilgrimage
Pope John Paul II

From 20 to 26 March 2000, Pope John Paul II made a personal and apostolic pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He visited Mt. Nebo and Wadi Al Kharrar in Jordan, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Mt Tabor, Tabgha and Capernaum in Israel, and Bethlehem in the territory of the Palestinian Authority. In addition to celebrating Catholic liturgies in the Basilicas of the Annunciation, Nativity and Holy Sepulcher, on the Mt. of Beatitudes and in Amman Stadium, the Holy Father met with various dignitaries such as King Abdullah, Yassar Arafat, President Weizman and Prime Minister Barak and conducted ecumenical and religious meetings with Jewish rabbis, Moslem muftis, Orthodox and Catholic Patriarchs and bishops, and other Christians. Among the most moving events were his visits to the Holocaust Memorial, the Western Wall and the Dheisheh refugee camp.

341. Papal Documents - JP2UKRBE.HTM - Holy Mass (Latin Rite) and Beatifications
Pope John Paul II

On 26 June 2001, at the Hippodrome, Lviv, the Holy Father beatified the servants of God, Józef Bilczewski and Zygmunt Gorazdowski, whose lives were an unceasing response to Our Lady's call for obedience to her Son, "Do whatever he tells you." UKRAINE

342. Papal Documents - JP2KYIV.HTM - Holy Mass (Latin Rite) at Kyiv
Pope John Paul II

On 24 June 2001, the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, the Holy Father's homily at Chayka Airport, Kyiv, recalls the baptism of St. Volodymyr and his countrymen, which "began the flowering of Christian life" in "the land of the ancient Rus'." UKRAINE BYZANTINE

343. Papal Documents - JP2CHM95.HTM - Holy Thursday Chrism Mass
Pope John Paul II

On the morning of Holy Thursday, April 13, 1995, Pope John Paul II celebrated the traditional Chrism Mass and gave this homily. JOHN PAUL II PRIESTS CHRISM HOLY THURSDAY

344. Papal Documents - JP2HSCHL.HTM - Home and school must work together
Pope John Paul II

On 6 June 1998 the Holy Father met the Italian Association of Parents of Catholic Schools. He encouraged them to work with teachers in providing a Christian education for their children and once again called on the Italian State to give full parity to Church-run schools. EDUCATION PAROCHIAL

345. Papal Documents - JP2LOURD.HTM - Homily and Other Words of the Holy Father, at Lourdes 2004
Pope John Paul II

During his pilgrimage to Lourdes, 14-15 August 2004, the Holy Father gave the homily for Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption. He spoke of the joy of the Blessed Mother, as expressed in the Magnificat, for being "looked upon" by God in her lowliness, for the service she was able to give her cousin Elizabeth, and for the blessedness promised to those of "low degree." Also the Holy Father's Introduction to Recitation of the Rosary, Introduction to the Torchlight Procession, and the Angelus message. WOMEN YOUTH FREEDOM SILENCE

346. Papal Documents - JP2US95F.HTM - Homily at Aqueduct Racetrack, October 6, 1995
Pope John Paul II

In the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Holy Father invokes the Holy Spirit, the active agent of the Church's mission of evangelization, and challenges his listeners to recognize that the true 'progress of peoples' is linked to evangelization. He asks if there is room in America for the mystery of God's Kingdom and its message of life and salvation. Emphasizing the urgent need to honor and defend marriage and family life for the good of soc

347. Papal Documents - JP2ASTAN.HTM - Homily at Astana, Kazakhstan
Pope John Paul II

On 23 September 2001, in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father celebrated Mass and gave the homily. In his homily he reminded Catholics that "Christians are both inhabitants of this world and citizens of the Kingdom of heaven. They commit themselves wholeheartedly to the building of earthly society, but they remain focused upon the good things of eternity ..." MUSLIM ORTHODOX INTERRELIGIOUS EVANGEL

348. Papal Documents - JP2PIO.HTM - Homily at Beatification of Padre Pio
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday 2 May 1999, Pope John Paul II beatified Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, giving this homily. For more information on this humble Capuchin friar, see our Padre Pio mini-site.

349. Papal Documents - JP2US95H.HTM - Homily at Central Park, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father rejoices at the presence of so many young people who have responded to the promptings of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit's work in human history is reflected in the first three Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. The Spirit makes believers children of God (the Annunciation), prompting them to reach out to others (the Visitation) and to draw near to the Incarnate Son of God (the Nativity). His Holiness encourages the young people t

350. Papal Documents - JP2US95E.HTM - Homily at Giants Stadium, October 5, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father points out the Church's responsibility for proclaiming God's Kingdom and calls upon the Catholic laity to take their part in the new evangelization, bearing witness to their faith in their daily lives. He encourages Americans to be faithful to their best tradition as an hospitable and generous society. Christians in particular are called to defend those whose right to life is threatened or denied.

351. Papal Documents - JP960206.HTM - Homily at Holy Christ Shrine
Pope John Paul II

February 6, 1996 during his Pastoral Visit to Guatemala. Hail, O Cross of Christ, sign of our victory over sin and death!

352. Papal Documents - JJP2SUPP.HTM - Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper
Pope John Paul II

On Holy Thursday, 2000, the Holy Father recalled the Jewish Passover, which relives the exodus from Egypt, and the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery, to which Christ gave new meaning: the New Covenant, sealed by God with the Death and Resurrection of his Son. EUCHARIST PRIESTHOOD

353. Papal Documents - JJP2REGI.HTM - Homily at Regina Coeli Prison
Pope John Paul II

On 9 July 2000, the Holy Father celebrated the Jubilee in Prisons by visiting Rome's "Regina Coeli" Prison, where he celebrated Mass. In his homily, the Pope stressed the spiritual sense of the liberation that Christ came to bring us, liberation from sin. PERSON REHABILITATION RETRIBUTION CLEMENCY

354. Papal Documents - JP2JA18A.HTM - Homily at St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls
Pope John Paul II

On 18 January 2000, the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Holy Father presided at an Ecumenical Celebration at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls and opened the Holy Door of the fourth and last of Rome's patriarchal basilicas. Present were Metropolitan Athanasios, of Heliopolis and Thera, and Dr George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, with representatives of over 20 Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities. During the service the Pope preached on the theme of Christian unity. ECUMENISM JUBILEE BAPTISM EVANGELIZATION

355. Papal Documents - JP2BEGIN.HTM - Homily at the Beginning of His Pastoral Ministry
Pope John Paul II

In his first homily as Supreme Pontiff, 22 October 1978, John Paul II, reflected on St. Peter's confession and the words of Christ founding His Church on Peter. According to the Lord's will, Peter came to Rome, as have his successors. QUO VADIS PAPACY TRIREGNUM TIARA

356. Papal Documents - JP2PIOCN.HTM - Homily at the Canonization of Padre Pio
Pope John Paul II

At the canonization Mass for Padre Pio, 16 June 2002, the Holy Father recalled the "spirituality of the Cross lived by the humble Capuchin friar from Pietrelcina." FRANCISCAN STIGMATA CONFESSION CHARITY PRAYER

357. Papal Documents - JP2WY10B.HTM - Homily at the Closing Mass of the 10th World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father exhorted young people to 'build bridges of dialogue and communication with your parents' and 'to break down the barriers which have been raised between generations!' The Pope warned young people against falling into 'subtle but real forms of moral slavery' by abusing drugs, alcohol or 'the beautiful gift of sexuality.' This homily was given on January 15 in Manila, the Philippines. JOHN PAUL II WORLD YOUTH D

358. Papal Documents - JJP2ESTV.HTM - Homily at the Easter Vigil
Pope John Paul II

According to the Holy Father, "all the 'work' of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 is in some way linked to this night of Vigil, which brings to fulfilment the night of the Lord’s Nativity. Bethlehem and Calvary evoke the same mystery of the love of God ..." PASSOVER INITIATION

359. Papal Documents - JP2MRCNG.HTM - Homily Closing Marian Congress
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday, 24 September 2000, the Holy Father presided at a solemn Eucharistic concelebration in St Peter's Square closing the International Mariological-Marian Congress, on the theme: "The Mystery of the Trinity and Mary." In his homily, the Pope reflected on the Marian instruction in Jesus' act of identifying with a child, and saying, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me". PRIMACY HUMILITY

360. Papal Documents - JJP2BSHP.HTM - Homily for Jubilee of Bishops
Pope John Paul II

The Jubilee of Bishops concluded on Sunday morning, 8 October 2000, with a solemn Mass in St Peter's Square and the Act of Entrustment to Mary Most Holy. Concelebrating with the Pope were 76 Cardinals and over 1,400 Bishops from around the world. APOST MAGISTERIUM

361. Papal Documents - JJP2FAM.HTM - Homily for Jubilee of Families
Pope John Paul II

In his homily, the Holy Father celebrated God's great gift of the family, where human beings may live in communion with each other through the gift of self, after the example of the Family of Nazareth. MARRIAGE ADOPTION SOCIETY

362. Papal Documents - JJP2WORK.HTM - Homily For Jubilee Workers
Pope John Paul II

The Jubilee of Workers was celebrated on 30 April-l May with the theme: "Work for All: Paths of Solidarity and Justice". Over 200,000 working men and women gathered on the grounds of the University of Rome Tor Vergata for Mass celebrated by the Holy Father, whose homily concerned the meaning and value of work. LABOR SOCIAL GLOBAL ECON

363. Papal Documents - JP2WY10A.HTM - Homily for World Youth Day's Prayer Vigil
Pope John Paul II

The Pope responding to questions raised by youth that young people 'are not being sent to proclaim some abstract truth.' He said, 'The Gospel is not a theory or an ideology! The Gospel is life! Your task is to bear witness to this life.' This homily was delivered on January 14, 1995, at Luneta Park in Manila, the Philippines. JOHN PAUL II WORLD YOUTH DAY MANILA VOCATION MARY

364. Papal Documents - JP2US95K.HTM - Homily in Orioles Park at Camden Yards, October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II



365. Papal Documents - JP212995.HTM - Homily of January 29, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's homily on Sunday, January 29 at the solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at which he beatified Rafael Guizar Valencia, Modestino of Jesus and Mary, Genoveva Torres Morales and Grimoaldo of the Purification. JOHN PAUL II VALENCIA MODESTINO MORALES GRIMOALDO BEATIFY

366. Papal Documents - JP2CLAUD.HTM - Homily of the Canonization Mass for Saint Claude La Colombiere
Pope John Paul II



367. Papal Documents - JP1CATHE.HTM - Homily on Taking Possession of His Cathedral
Pope John Paul I

On 23 September 1978, Pope John Paul I took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St John Lateran, as Bishop of Rome. After the gospel of the Mass which followed the ceremony of taking possession, the Pope delivered the homily. POOR AUTHORITY LAITY LEO GREGORY LITURGY

368. Papal Documents - jp2beat102598.htm - Homily: Beatification of Zefirino Agostini, Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão, Faustino Míguez and Theodore Guérin
Pope John Paul II

Thousands of pilgrims from Italy, Brazil, Spain, France and the United States filled St Peter's Square on Sunday morning, 25 October 1998, as the Holy Father beatified four servants of God: Zefirino Agostini, Antônio de Sant'Anna Galvão, Faustino Míguez and Theodore Guérin. Basing his homily on the liturgical readings for the 30th Sunday of the Year, the Pope presented the new blesseds as concrete examples of what God accomplishes in the lives of those who humble themselves and generously follow the way of the Gospel. HUMILITY

369. Papal Documents - JP2JUAND.HTM - Homily: Canonization Mass of Blessed Juan Diego
Pope John Paul II

On 31 July 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized Blessed Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, in a Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. In his homily, the Holy Father recalled how it was in Juan Diego that two worlds met, and that he became the "catalyst for the new Mexican identity, closely united to Our Lady of Guadalupe." TEPEYAC TILMA INDIANS SPANISH INCULTURATION EVANGELIZATION

370. Papal Documents - JP2PEDRO.HTM - Homily: Canonization of Brother Pedro de San José de Betancur
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II presided at the canonization of Pedro de San José Betancur on 30 July 2002 in Guatemala. Although Brother Pedro was born in Spain, the people of Guatemala claim him as their own. Upon his arrival in the New World, when he reached Guatemala, he announced, "This is where I am going to live and die." He is revered as a forceful defender of the rights of native Indian peoples. SAINT BETHLEMITE LATIN AMERICA

371. Papal Documents - JP2CNSLF.HTM - How Great A Good Is Consecrated Life!
Pope John Paul II

Given by the Pope on February 2, 1995, the Feast of the Presentation at the solemn Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica attended by thousands of consecrated men and women. JOHN PAUL II RELIGIOUS CLERGY PRIESTS PRESENTATION

372. Papal Documents - JP2CONJG.HTM - Human Life Must Originate in the Conjugal Act
Pope John Paul II

On 27 August 1999, the Holy Father received participants in an international study week organized by the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In his address to them, the Pope urged "deeper reflection on God's plan for the person, marriage and the family," in order to meet challenges to the family posed by contemporary attitudes. SEXUAL PROCREATION REPRODUCTION

373. Papal Documents - JP970211.HTM - Human sickness is call to conversion
John Paul II

For the human person sickness is also a call to conversion, to entrust oneself entirely to Christ, the one source of salvation for every man and for the whole man. The Holy Father this in an address at the end of Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica for World Day of the Sick on February 11, 1997.

374. Papal Documents - JP950805.HTM - Human Society is Not Built by Destroying the...
Pope John Paul II

...Person, Make Every Effort to Avoid New Tragedies (Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary) August 5, 1995

375. Papal Documents - JP961231.HTM - Human Time Shares in God's Eternity
John Paul II

"Since God sent his Only-Begotten Son so that we might receive adoption as children (cf. Gal 4:5), there can be no greater task for us than to be totally at the service of the divine plan", the Holy Father said at the Vespers he celebrated in the Roman church of St. Ignatius on Tuesday, 31 December 1996. During the service, which for the third year has been transferred from the Church of the Gesu where it is traditionally held because of the unfinished restoration work, the Pope also reflected on Rome's involvement in the final preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

376. Papal Documents - JP960524.HTM - I Appeal to World's Scientific Authorities: Halt the Production of Human Embryos!
John Paul II

Given by Pope John Paul II to those attending a Symposium on "Evangelium vitae and Law", and the 11th International Colloquium on Roman and Canon Law, when he received them in audience on Friday, 24 May.

377. Papal Documents - JP961101.HTM - I Thank God for My Priesthood and Pray That He Will Send More Labourers into His Harvest
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Homily for Mass Commemorating his 50th Jubilee November 1, 1996.

378. Papal Documents - JP2SHEP.HTM - I Will Give You Shepherds
Pope John Paul II

'Pastores Dabo Vobis' Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II on the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day. Given on March 25, 1992. It covers the challenges facing priestly formation, the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood, the spiritual life of the priest, priestly vocation in the Church's pastoral work, the formation of candidates for the priesthood and the ongoing formation of priests. JOHN PAUL II PRIESTS FORMATI

379. Papal Documents - JP961117.HTM - Icons Show the Human Face of God
John Paul II

The Holy Father's Angelus address of November 17, 1996. The Pope continued his series of meditations on the heritage of the Eastern Churches, reflecting this week on the importance of icons.

380. Papal Documents - JP2BVM23.HTM - Immaculate Conception Defined by Pius IX
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 12 June 1996, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Immaculate Conception, this time discussing the dogmatic definition of the doctrine by Pope Pius IX. This was the 23rd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ORIGIN SIN HOLINESS REDEMPTION

381. Papal Documents - JP2TB115.HTM - Importance of Harmonizing Human Love with Respect for Life
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 25 July 1984, the Holy Father continued his reflections, linking Humanae Vitae with the theology of human love in God's plan. The Theology of the Body, offering confirmation of the moral norm in the Encyclical, prepares us to consider more deeply, from a pastoral perspective, the difficulty of complying with the norm. PROCREATION

382. Papal Documents - JP840725.HTM - Importance of Harmonizing Human Love with Respect for Life
Pope John Paul II

General Audience of Pope John Paul II of July 25, 1984, third in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE GUADIUM ET SPES MARRIAGE PAUL VI

383. Papal Documents - JP1PRAYR.HTM - In Prayer is the Hope for Peace
Pope John Paul I

In his Angelus message for 10 September 1978, Pope John Paul I called for prayer for the three presidents, Carter, Begin, and Sadat, in their Camp David peace talks. In passing, the Holy Father cited Isaiah the Prophet in ascribing maternal care to God the Father. Some have sought support here for their attempts to overthrow the whole weight of Scripture and Tradition, which consistently refers to God in masculine terms, and to the first Person as Father. Tradition also acknowledges that in God is found the source of all that is good in creation, including maternal love. FEMINISM ISRAEL EGYPT

384. Papal Documents - JP2TB7.HTM - In the Very Definition of Man, the Alternative Between Death and Immortality
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 31 October 1979, the Holy Father addressed again the solitude in which man was created, in relation to other creatures, but also with regard to his freedom of moral choice. The alternatives of death and immortality lay with him. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY PRAXIS PERSON WILL

385. Papal Documents - JP1INAUG.HTM - Inauguration Homily
Pope John Paul I

On the evening of Sunday, 3 August 1978, Pope John Paul I was chief celebrant at the Mass for the inauguration of his ministry as Supreme Pastor of the Catholic Church. After the Gospel, which was sung first in Latin and then in Greek, the Pope gave the homily, the first part of which was in Latin as being the official language of the Church. PETER PAPACY

386. Papal Documents - JP961128.HTM - Incarnation Inspires Christian Genius
John Paul II

"I trust that in the light of [the Year 2000], your Pontifical Academies will be able to make an original contribution to creating a renewed Christian humanism, presenting the humanity of Christ as a model for the generations of the new millennium", the Holy Father said at the first joint public session of all the Pontifical Academies, which he attended on November 28, 1996. During his address he announced the creation of the annual Pontifical Academies Prize, "to support promising talents or initiatives which will emerge in the various cultural fields you cultivate...".

387. Papal Documents - JP2JUBIL.HTM - Incarnationis mysterium
Pope John Paul II

The Papal Bull of Indiction of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, released on the First Sunday of Advent and the first day of the Year of the Father, 29 November 1998, in anticipation of the beginning of the Jubilee on Christmas Eve 1999. Attached are the conditions established for the gaining of the Jubilee Indulgence.

388. Papal Documents - JP2INDE.HTM - Inde a Pontificatus
Pope John Paul II

Published 25 March 1993, this Apostolic Letter, issued Motu Proprio, united the Pontifical Council for Culture with the Pontifical Council for Non-Believers in a new Pontifical Council for Culture. It was the Holy Father's purpose to foster dialogue with unbelievers "in the privileged area of culture, a fundamental dimension of the spirit, which ... unites [people] in what is most truly theirs, namely, their common humanity." A close relationship is to be maintained also with the Pontifical Commission for Preserving the Church's Patrimony of Art and History. CURIA EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION

389. Papal Documents - JP2TB99.HTM - Indissolubility of Sacrament of Marriage in Mystery of the Redemption of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 27 October 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on marriage in light of Ephesians 5. Man and woman becoming one flesh in marriage, as signifying the relationship between Christ and His Church, is a sign of the redemption of the body at the end of time. DIVORCE SACRAMENTS CREATION ESCHATOLOGY

390. Papal Documents - JP2INDLG.HTM - Indulgences Are Expressions of God's Mercy
Pope John Paul II

The Catholic teaching on indulgences was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 29 September 1999. "The starting-point for understanding indulgences is the abundance of God's mercy revealed in the Cross of Christ." "The meaning of indulgences must be seen against this background of man's total renewal by the grace of Christ the Redeemer through the Church's ministry." PENANCE CONVERSION SATISFACTION MERIT

391. Papal Documents - JP950730.HTM - Initial Education in Family Relies on 'Feminine Genius'
Pope John Paul II

July 30, 1995

392. Papal Documents - JP2INQUI.HTM - Inquisition requires calm, objective analysis
Pope John Paul II

On 31 October 1998 the Holy Father addressed the International Symposium on the Inquisition, organized by the Central Committee for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, and which was held at the Vatican.

393. Papal Documents - JP970222.HTM - Institutions Must Focus on the Person
John Paul II

"Renewed attention is being given to the tasks and responsibilities of public administration. This widespread sensitivity to institutions is accompanied by a growing demand for participation in the running of public affairs, and the desire to give increasing importance to autonomous local bodies.... There is a growing desire to take part in the decisions concerning the future of the whole community and, at the same time, an increasing awareness that no institution can be 'used', but must be 'served' with selfless dedication," the Holy Father said to members of the Provincial Board and Council of Rome at their annual meeting on Saturday February 22, 1997.

394. Papal Documents - JP2INAES.HTM - Instruction on the Holy Eucharist
Pope John Paul II

Inaestimabile Donum Instruction concerning worship of the Eucharistic Mystery prepared by the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, approved and confirmed by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Promulgated on March 17, 1980. EUCHARIST ABUSE COMMUNION WOMEN EXPOSITION JOHN PAUL II

395. Papal Documents - JP951125.HTM - Integral Vision of Health Care
Pope John Paul II

Address to Italian Catholic Doctors November 25, 1995

396. Papal Documents - JP2INTER.HTM - Inter Munera Academiarum
Pope John Paul II

In this Apostolic Letter, published 28 January 1999, the Holy Father renewed and revised the statutes of the Pontifical Roman Theological Academy and the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas. THOMISM METAPHYSICAL REALISM

397. Papal Documents - JP2TB42.HTM - Interpreting the Concept of Concupiscence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 8 October 1980, the Holy Father concluded his analysis of adultery in the heart, by observing that it is an attitude of a man toward a woman (or vice versa) which reduces the communion of persons to satisfaction of an instinct. One may be guilty of this attitude towards one's own spouse. MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY LUST

398. Papal Documents - JP960131.HTM - Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled in Incarnation
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, January 31, 1996

399. Papal Documents - JP2BVM13.HTM - Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled in Incarnation
Pope John Paul II

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel" (Is 7:13-14). These well-known words from the prophet Isaiah were the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 31 January 1996, as he continued with his 13th reflection on Mary's role in salvation history. For the series, see Index Page. ALMAH PARTHENOS VIRGIN BIRTH

400. Papal Documents - JP960915.HTM - Jesus of Nazareth is Heart of Christian Faith
John Paul II

The Holy Father's Angelus message for September 15, 1996.

401. Papal Documents - JP2BVM44.HTM - Jesus Works Miracle at Mary's Request
Pope John Paul II

"Mary's request: 'Do whatever he tells you', keeps its ever timely value for Christians of every age.... It is an exhortation to trust without hesitation, especially when one does not understand the meaning or benefit of what Christ asks", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 26 February 1997, as he spoke of Mary's role at the wedding in Cana. This is the 44th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. INTERCESSION WEDDING FAITH PRAYER

402. Papal Documents - JP970226.HTM - Jesus Works Miracle At Mary's Request
John Paul II

Mary's request: 'Do whatever he tells you', keeps its ever timely value for Christians of every age.... It is an exhortation to trust without hesitation, especially when one does not understand the meaning or benefit of what Christ asks, the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, February 26, 1997, as he spoke of Mary's role at the wedding in Cana.

403. Papal Documents - JP2ARMNN.HTM - Joint Communiqué
Pope John Paul II and Catholicos Karekin II

On 9 November 2000, the Holy Father welcomed His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, with Armenia's Minister for Religious Affairs and an entourage of Bishops from Armenia and other nations. After meeting privately in the Pope's library, they published this Joint Communiqué. GREGORY ILLUMINATOR APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION COMMUNION ECUMEN GENOCIDE

404. Papal Documents - JP2DIM1.HTM - Joint Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Dimitrios I

Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I signed a joint declaration on 7 December 1987, expressing satisfaction at the progress made toward unity between Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and their commitment to collaboration for the good of humanity. ECUMENICAL HUMAN DIGNITY COMMUNION

405. Papal Documents - JP2US95G.HTM - Joseph's Seminary (New York), October 6, 1995'.
Pope John Paul II

During the celebration of Vespers at the Major Seminary in Dunwoodie, the Holy Father speaks of the wisdom of God in his plan of salvation for the world. The Seminary is to form priests in this wisdom, thus preparing them to proclaim the truth of the Gospel before the world and reflect the love, compassion and mercy of Jesus Christ.

406. Papal Documents - JJP2CATE.HTM - Jubilee and Catechists and Religion Teachers
Pope John Paul II

Under a brilliantly sunny sky, thousands of catechists and religion teachers from around the world gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 10 December 2000, to celebrate their Jubilee with the Holy Father. The Pope said to them: "Go! Like the Baptist, prepare the way for the Lord who comes" so that "all flesh may see in Christ the salvation of God". EVANGELIZATION TRADITION CATECHISM

407. Papal Documents - JJP2ART.HTM - Jubilee Celebration for Artists
Pope John Paul II

On 17-19 February artists from around the world came to Rome for their Jubilee celebration. In his address, after the Mass on Friday, the Holy Father called for a "return to that fruitful alliance between the Church and artists which has deeply marked the path of Christianity in these two millenniums." BEAUTY HOLINESS

408. Papal Documents - JJP2LRNG.HTM - Jubilee for Men and Women of Learning
Pope John Paul II

The Jubilee for Men and Women from the World of Learning was held in the Vatican from 23 to 25 May. Following the Mass on the last day, the Holy Father addressed the participants, urging them to bear witness to their fidelity to Christ and to develop a "culture and a scientific approach which will always let God's providential presence and intervention be disclosed". CREATION SCIENCE TECHNOLOG PERSON

409. Papal Documents - JJP2SACE.HTM - Jubilee for Priests and 80th Birthday of Holy Father
Pope John Paul II

In his homily celebrating the Great Jubilee for priests, the Pope recalled his Holy Land pilgrimage, when he offered Mass in the Cenacle, where the priesthood "arose from the mind and heart of Christ." He prayed for all priests, and asked the faithful to pray also. EUCHARIST SACRIFICE MARTYRS

410. Papal Documents - JJP2ROME.HTM - Jubilee for the Diocese of Rome
Pope John Paul II

On 28 May 2000, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of the Diocese of Rome. Bishops, priests, religious and thousands of the faithful participated in the solemn liturgy for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. In his homily, the Pope emphasized Rome's unique vocation and its particular mission in the Jubilee Year. PETER PAPACY

411. Papal Documents - JJP2LAY.HTM - Jubilee of Apostolate of the Laity
Pope John Paul II

On 26 November 2000, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of the Apostolate of the Laity. Thousands of lay people from around the world participated in the solemn liturgy. Thirty-five years after the close of the Council, the Holy Father said, "we must return to the Council. We must once again take the documents of the Second Vatican Council in hand to rediscover the great wealth of its doctrinal and pastoral motives". EVANGELIZATION MISSION LUMEN GENTIUM MARTYR

412. Papal Documents - JJP2CONS.HTM - Jubilee of Consecrated Life
Pope John Paul II

An estimated 40,000 consecrated men and women from every part of the world joined John Paul II for Mass in St Peter's Square on 2 February 2000, for the Jubilee of Consecrated Life. In his homily, the Holy Father gave words of encouragement. EVANGELIZ MONAST COMMUNIT

413. Papal Documents - JJP2CRFT.HTM - Jubilee of Craftsmen
Pope John Paul II

On 19 March, the Second Sunday of Lent, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of Craftsmen. In his homily he proposed St Joseph as their model and patron. CULTURE FAMILY

414. Papal Documents - JJP2PLIC.HTM - Jubilee of Italian Police Officers
Pope John Paul II

On 20 January, the feast of St Sebastian, the Holy Father met members of the Italian Municipal Police Forces, who were celebrating the Jubilee on their patron's feast day. The Pope congratulated them on the contribution they make to social order and urged them to cultivate a concern for individuals and renewed fidelity to the Gospel. SOLIDARITY URBAN LAW

415. Papal Documents - JJP2JOUR.HTM - Jubilee of Journalists
Pope John Paul II

From 1 to 4 June 2000 the Jubilee of Journalists was celebrated in Rome with 7,000 media professionals and their family members from every continent of the globe. On Sunday morning, 4 June, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray celebrated Mass for the media professionals in the Paul VI Hall, and afterwards they were addressed by the Holy Father. GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY ETHIC COMMUNICATION PERSON

416. Papal Documents - JJP2AGRI.HTM - Jubilee of the Agricultural World
Pope John Paul II

On 12 November 2000, the Holy Father celebrated a solemn Mass with thousands of farmers from around the world who had come to Rome to observe their Jubilee. In his homily the Pope said: "God entrusted the earth to human beings 'to till it and keep it' (cf. Gn 2:15)", but he reminded them that "when this principle is forgotten and they become the tyrants rather than the custodians of nature, sooner or later the latter will rebel". CREATION ECOLOGY TECHNOLOGY EUCHARIST

417. Papal Documents - jp2jubafpol.htm - Jubilee of the Armed Forces and the Police
Pope John Paul II

Thousands of members of the armed forces and the police from all over the world gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 19 November 2000, to celebrate their Jubilee with the Holy Father who presided at a solemn Eucharistic concelebration for them. The Pope thanked them for their commitment and reminding them that "countless people look to you and trust in you, in the hope of being able to enjoy a life of serenity, order and peace." SECOND COMING LAST JUDGMENT MILITARY HUMANITARIAN INTERFERENCE PEACE

418. Papal Documents - JJP2DSBL.HTM - Jubilee of the Disabled
Pope John Paul II

On 3 December 2000, the First Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Jubilee of the Disabled at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls. Thousands of the disabled from around the world participated in the sacred liturgy. In his homily the Pope told his listeners that the Church "would like to draw closer to you and to your families, knowing that inattentiveness sharpens suffering and loneliness, whereas faith shown in love and generosity gives strength and meaning to life". HANDICAP REDEMPTION SECOND COMING DIGNITY SOLIDARITY

419. Papal Documents - JJP2ELDR.HTM - Jubilee of the Elderly
Pope John Paul II

At the Mass concelebrated on Sunday, 17 September 2000, in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of the Elderly, the Holy Father described old age as "a time of grace which is an invitation to be more closely united to Christ's saving mystery and to participate more deeply in his plan of salvation." In his homily he speaks of the special contributions and opportunities of the elderly. SUFFERING SENIOR

420. Papal Documents - JJP2ENTR.HTM - Jubilee of the Entertainment World
Pope John Paul II

Thousands of theatre and cinema actors, television and radio personalities, circus performers, amusement park workers, street artists and members of musical bands gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 17 December 2000, for the Jubilee of the Entertainment World. The Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent, and in his homily, he said, "Society should be grateful to those who produce and present intelligent and relaxing broadcasts and programmes.... Spreading authentic joy can be a genuine form of social charity". COMMUNICATION MEDIA

421. Papal Documents - JJP2RMCR.HTM - Jubilee of the Roman Curia
Pope John Paul II

On 22 February 2000, the feast of the Chair of. St Peter, the Cardinals, Bishops, priests, religious and laity who assist the Holy Father in his Petrine ministry through their work in the Roman Curia celebrated their Jubilee with the Pope. They walked in procession through the Holy Door of the Vatican Basilica and then participated in a solemn concelebrated Mass at the Altar of the Confession. Holy Father gave the homily in Italian. PAPACY PRIMACY CONVERSION

422. Papal Documents - JP970130.HTM - Jubilee Will Focus World Attention on Rome
John Paul II

"With renewed vigour the Church wishes to present to every Christian living in Rome and to all its citizens the message of salvation which is incarnate in the person, words and deeds of Jesus Christ', the Holy Father said to the Hon. Francesco Rutelli, Mayor of Rome, and to the members of the city's Capitoline Administration, whom he received in audience on January 30, 1997. The theme of the Pope's speech was the importance of preparing Rome properly for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

423. Papal Documents - JP2DEBT.HTM - Jubilee Year Calls for Urgent Debt Relief
Pope John Paul II

In September 1999, the Holy Father received the organizers and supporters of the "Jubilee 2000 Debt Campaign", who are working to reduce the crushing debt of the poorest countries of the world. In his address, the Pope observed that scientific progress was widening the gap between rich and poor nations, and will continue to widen unless debt relief is accorded by the rich to the poor in the Year of Jubilee. INEQUALITY POVERTY PERSONS

424. Papal Documents - JP960122.HTM - Judges Cannot Bend the Objective Norm or Interpret Divine Law in an Arbitrary Way
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address to the officials of the Roman Rota given on January 22, 1996.

425. Papal Documents - JP2TB50.HTM - Justification in Christ
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 17 December 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the conflict between "flesh" and "spirit" in the teaching of St. Paul. The lusts of the worldly man can be overcome by his spirit when empowered by the Holy Spirit. FRUITS WORKS VIRTUES SARX ARETE

426. Papal Documents - JP2RESP.HTM - Keener Awareness of Shared Responsibility
Pope John Paul II

On 7 April 2000, the Holy Father addressed Mr Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, and the Administrative Committee on Coordination of the United Nations system, on the subject of solidarity in globalization. LIFE FAMILY PERSON ECONOMY JUSTICE

427. Papal Documents - JP2TB21.HTM - Knowledge-Generation Cycle and Perspective of Death
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 26 March 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He further examined biblical "knowledge," as the nuptial relationship before the fall, a mutual, disinterested gift of self between spouses, contrasting it with the same relationship as a remedy for death after the fall. EROS MASCULINE FEMININE SEX

428. Papal Documents - JP970227.HTM - Known and Loved by People of Rome
John Paul II

Cardinal Ugo Poletti, former Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, died on 25 February at the age of 82. I recall with great feeling the many meetings I had with him and the enthusiasm with which he spoke of the Diocese, the priests, the religious, the laity, the problems of the ordinary people, of the lights and shadows discernible in the rapid changes in the texture of urban life, the Holy Father said in the homily he preached at the funeral Mass celebrated for the late Cardinal on Thursday, February 27, 1997.

429. Papal Documents - JP2LAETM.HTM - Laetamur magnopere
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II from 15 August 1997, promulgating the Latin typical edition of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." CATECHETICS CATECHETICAL

430. Papal Documents - JP2TB106.HTM - Language of the Body Strengthens the Marriage Covenant
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 26 January 1983, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the "language of the body" as expressed in the marriage covenant between spouses. They "reread" the language of the body in their living together as a communion of persons. MAN WOMAN PROPHETISM MATRIMONY

431. Papal Documents - JP1LAST.HTM - Last Document of Pope John Paul I
Pope John Paul I

In his last document, a letter dated 28 September 1978, to Bishop Hugh Aufderbeck, Apostolic Administrator of Erfurt-Meiningen, John Paul I recalled the venerable history of the Church of St. Severus, whose seventh centenary the Bishop was then celebrating.

432. Papal Documents - JP2LASTM.HTM - Last Messages of the Holy Father
Pope John Paul II

Two messages, sent by the Holy Father to the faithful, one on Good Friday, to the faithful following the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, the other to all taking part in the Easter Vigil Mass. In the first, he spoke on the sanctification of suffering, and in the second, on the "blazing light of the Risen Christ." TRIDUUM DEATH RESURRECTION

433. Papal Documents - JP960214.HTM - Latin America Is Truly Blessed with Faith
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, February 14, 1996.

434. Papal Documents - JP2RGHTS.HTM - Laws must support rights of family
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father gave this address to members of the Forum of Catholic Family Associations of Italy whem he received them in audience on 27 June 1998. MARRIAGE FAMILY LAW STATE RIGHTS

435. Papal Documents - JP2FSSP.HTM - Legitimate diversity must not divide
Pope John Paul II

On 26 October 1998 the Holy Father addressed a group of pilgrims in Rome for beatification ceremonies, as well as members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and others celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Motu Proprio Ecclesia dei, permitting the celebration of the Mass and other sacraments according to the liturgical books of 1962. LATIN TRIDENTINE LITURGY FSSP SSPX

436. Papal Documents - JP2DYPRD.HTM - Let Us Forgive and Ask Forgiveness
Pope John Paul II

On 12 March 2000, the Holy Father celebrated a Mass of Penitence, in which a Universal Prayer was offered, asking God's forgiveness for all sins committed in the name of the Church. This is the homily he gave at the Mass. LENT JUBILEE RECONCILIATION

437. Papal Documents - JP960101.HTM - Let Us Give Children a Future of Peace
Pope John Paul II

Message for the World Day of Peace, January 1, 1996.

438. Papal Documents - JP2COMEV.HTM - Let Us Offer the World New Signs of Hope
Pope John Paul II

At a commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Encyclical "Evangelium vitae," the Holy Father observed how "policies and laws opposed to life are causing societies to decline, not only morally but demographically and economically." The Encyclical's message is not only a prescription for moral rebirth, but a formula for civil salvation. CONTRACEPTION ABORTION EUTHANASIA DEATH

439. Papal Documents - JP2ASDEC.HTM - Letter and Decalogue of Assisi for Peace
Pope John Paul II

A month after the Assisi Meeting 24 January 2002, the Holy Father sent a Letter dated 24 February to all Heads of State and Governments of the world to make known the "Decalogue of Assisi for Peace". In his Letter the Pope said that "humanity must choose between love and hatred." TERRORISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE SOLIDARITY FAMILY

440. Papal Documents - JP2LTRPR.HTM - Letter of His Holiness to Priests 2000
Pope John Paul II

A special feature of the Pope's yearly letter to priests on Holy Thursday, in the Year of the Great Jubilee, was its signing in the Cenacle in Jerusalem, where the priesthood was instituted, and where the Holy Father had come on pilgrimage. EUCHARIST PASSOVER APOSTLES PERSONA CHRISTI ORDER

441. Papal Documents - JP2NEWM.HTM - Letter on the Occasion if the 2nd Centenary of the Birth of Cardinal John Henry Newman
Pope John Paul II

On the second centenary of the birth of the Venerable Servant of God John Henry Newman, the Holy Father joins his "Brother Bishops of England and Wales, the priests of the Birmingham Oratory and a host of voices throughout the world in praising God for the gift of the great English Cardinal and for his enduring witness." FAITH REASON ANGLICAN

442. Papal Documents - JP2ARTIS.HTM - Letter to Artists
Pope John Paul II

This letter of the Pope to Artists was released on 4 April 1999, Easter Sunday. ART SCULPTURE

443. Papal Documents - JP2BPS79.HTM - Letter to Bishops for Holy Thursday 1979
Pope John Paul II

A letter from the Holy Father to all the Bishops of the Church, for the first Holy Thursday of his pontificate, in which he encourages his brothers in the episcopate to show fatherly solicitude for priests, for "their spiritual advancement" and "perseverance in the grace of the sacrament of the priesthood." TRIDUUM COLLEGIALITY CELIBACY HOLY ORDERS

444. Papal Documents - JP2CHRIS.HTM - Letter to Children
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Letter to Children in the Year of the Family, 1994. It was dated Dec 13 and released at the Vatican Dec. 15. JOHN PAUL II CHILDREN CHRISTMAS

445. Papal Documents - JP2FAMLT.HTM - Letter to Families
Pope John Paul II

Gratissimam Sane, released February 22 at the Vatican. This letter marks the 1994 celebration of the International Year of the Family. The Pope speaks directly to every family throughout the world about the beauty and power of their witness to humanity. JOHN PAUL II FAMILY MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD MARRIAGE

446. Papal Documents - JP2CLINT.HTM - Letter to President Clinton
Pope John Paul II

Released on April 5, 1994 by the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. Pope John Paul from the draft document for next September's International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt a 'distrubing surprise.' This file is the text of the letter sent to President Clinton. JOHN PAUL II CLINTON POPULATION CONFERENCE ABORTION CONTRACEPTION CAIRO

447. Papal Documents - JP2PR79.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 1979
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's first Holy Thursday Letter to Priests in which he addresses such topics as the pressure on priests to become more like the laity, the shortage of vocations, fidelity till death, and the meaning of celibacy. PRIESTHOOD OF LAITY DIRECTION OF SOULS PERSONALISM PRAYER CONVERSION FORMATION MARY

448. Papal Documents - JP2HT99.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 1999
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul's annual letter to priests, on the occasion of the anniversary of the institution of the Sacred Priesthood. Given in the Year of the Father.

449. Papal Documents - JP2HLYTH.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2001
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father chooses the theme of sacramental reconciliation for his Holy Thursday letter to priests. The mercy of God is shown not only in this Sacrament, but in the ministers of this Sacrament, who are called from among sinful men as Peter was. Priests are called to minister God's mercy with a "sense of endless thanksgiving." PENANCE CONFESSION CATECHE

450. Papal Documents - JP2HLTHR.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2002
Pope John Paul II

In his annual message to priests, on the paschal anniversary of the institution of the priesthood, the Holy Father draws attention to the close connection between the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Holy Eucharist presumes communion with Christ, which, if broken, must be restored by Penance. GENERAL CONFESSION ABSOLUTION PENITENTS ZACCHAEUS SEVERITY LAXITY MYSTERIUM INIQUITATIS

451. Papal Documents - JP2HTH05.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2005
Pope John Paul II

His Letter to Priests this year was written by the Pope from his hospital bed at the Gemelli Hospital. It is a meditation on the words of Eucharistic consecration, and the meaning these words should have for the priest. "For us," writes the Holy Father, "the words of institution must be more than a formula of consecration: they must be a formula of life." MASS PRO MULTIS TRANSUBSTANTIATION SALVATION MISSION MEMORIAL

452. Papal Documents - JP2PR04.HTM - Letter to Priests, Holy Thursday 2004
Pope John Paul II

In his 25th Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, the Holy Father underlined the close relationship between Priesthood and the Eucharist, such that "the same mystery of sanctification and love, the work of the Holy Spirit, which makes the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, is at work in the person of the minister at the moment of priestly ordination." Priests who love the Eucharist are most effective at leading others to the priesthood. VOCATIONS HOLY ORDERS MASS ALTAR SERVERS

453. Papal Documents - JP2ELDER.HTM - Letter to the Elderly
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II issued this letter to the elderly on 1 October 1999. In it he speaks of the blessings of mature years and the contributions which the elderly continue to make. AGED INFIRM GERIATRIC SENIOR

454. Papal Documents - JP2GER.HTM - Letter to the German Bishops
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father sent a Letter to the Bishops' Conference of Germany, asking that Church-run counseling centers no longer issue a certificate that may be subsequently used to procure an abortion not punishable by German law. The letter was written in German and dated 11 January 1998. ABORTION GERMANY CLINICS

455. Papal Documents - JP2TB52.HTM - Life in the Spirit Based on True Freedom
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 January 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further examination of St. Paul's teaching on life according to the Spirit. It is purity of heart, which is the necessary condition for charity and true freedom. LAW LUST SELF-CONTROL TEMPERANCE HOLINESS

456. Papal Documents - JP960406.HTM - Light Shines in the Risen Christ
John Paul II

Easter Vigil Homily April 6, 1996

457. Papal Documents - JP2LITER.HTM - Literacy Is Essential Duty for Man's Future
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II's 1995 Lenten message given on September 7, 1994. The Pope reflects on the 'terrible affliction' of illiteracy and expresses his appreciation for those involved in its alleviation. JOHN PAUL II ILLITERACY LITERACY EDUCATION

458. Papal Documents - JP960503.HTM - Liturgy Preserves Faith Experience of Generations
John Paul II

Holy Father's address to those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on May 3, 1996.

459. Papal Documents - JP950614.HTM - Local Churches Have Missionary Task
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, June 14, 1995 'The Universal Church exists within the local Churches, while they express the universal character of the Catholic Church in their life as individual communities.' JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS EVANGELIZATION

460. Papal Documents - JP2FUT.HTM - Look to the Future in Perspective of Past
Pope John Paul II

On Tuesday, 22 June, the Holy Father received in audience those taking part in the symposium on The Last 100 Years of Evangelization in Latin America, organized by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America to commemorate the first centenary of the continent's Plenary Council. Recalling that the Popes have always had a special apostolic concern for Latin America, the Holy Father cites Leo XIII's Apostolic Letter Cum diuturnum, convoking the Latin American Bishops to their First Plenary Council in Rome (1899).

461. Papal Documents - JP2TB97.HTM - Loss of Original Sacrament Restored with Redemption in Marriage-Sacrament
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 13 October 1982, Pope John Paul II continued his exposition of the fifth chapter of the Letter to the Ephesians, by relating Christ's redemptive love to marriage as instituted in the beginning, when it was a sacrament of God's gift of Himself to man and woman at their creation. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY ORIGINAL SIN MYSTERY COVENANT

462. Papal Documents - JP2DYING.HTM - Love and Solidarity for the Dying
Pope John Paul II

In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Life on 27 February 1999, the Holy Father once again condemns euthanasia and assisted suicide. DEATH DYING DIGNITY

463. Papal Documents - JP2TB110.HTM - Love Is Ever Seeking and Never Satisfied
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 June 1984, the Holy Father concluded his analysis of the Song of Songs in connection with his catechesis on Theology of the Body. On the basis of a love which is both spiritual and sensual, the significance of the body is reread, and their union becomes the sign of the mutual gift of self. MARRIAGE AGAPE

464. Papal Documents - JP2TB111.HTM - Love Is Victorious in the Struggle Between Good and Evil
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 27 June 1984, the Holy Father examined the Book of Tobit for the light it sheds on Theology of the Body. Here the devotion of the spouses is expressed not in words of loving transport, as in the Song of Songs, but in the "choices and the actions that take on all the weight of human existence in the union of the two." MARRIAGE SACRAMENT

465. Papal Documents - JP960818.HTM - Love of Mary Shared by East and West
John Paul II

In this Angelus address on August 18, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of the devotion to Our Lady and to the saints that is shared by the Eastern and Western Churches.

466. Papal Documents - JP961225.HTM - Love One Another as Brothers and Sisters
John Paul II

Christmas Message and Blessing to City and World Urbi et Orbi, 1996

467. Papal Documents - JP2TB25.HTM - Lust is the Fruit of the Breach of the Covenant With God
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He examined the three-fold lust, of the flesh, of the eyes, and the pride of life, by which man broke God's original covenant. ELOHIM ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN

468. Papal Documents - JP2TB30.HTM - Lust Limits Nuptial Meaning of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 25 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The sin of Adam and Eve distorted the "nuptial meaning of the body," its masculinity/femininity, which was meant to shape their communion. Their relationship was corrupted by lust, which includes the desire to possess the other, rather than receive him/her as a free gift. SEX DOMINATION

469. Papal Documents - JP951124.HTM - Magisterium Exercises Authority in Christ's Name
Pope John Paul II

Address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 11/24/95

470. Papal Documents - JP961226.HTM - Make Room for the Son of God Who Is Given to Us at Christmas
John Paul II

"The Only Begotten One who comes into the world invites every believer to choose the path of life . . .This is the profound meaning of his coming among us", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on December 26, 1996.

471. Papal Documents - JP2MALBE.HTM - Malta Mass of Beatification
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday, 9 May 2001, the Holy Father presided at Mass in Granaries Square, Floriana, for the beatification of three Servants of God, the first Maltese to be raised to the honours of the altar: Fr George Preca, founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine, Ignatius Falzon, a devout layman, and Sr Maria Adeodata Pisani, professed nun of the Order of St Benedict. The Pope recalled the famous devotion and missionary zeal of the Maltese. Concluding remarks after the Mass recalled those he had wished to meet though unable. EVANGEL RELIGIOUS unable to meet

472. Papal Documents - JP2TB16.HTM - Man and Woman: A Mutual Gift for Each Other
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 February 1980, the Holy Father reexamined the nuptial meaning of the body, in the mutual gift of self by our first parents, in the context of their original innocence. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY COMMUNION PERSONS DONATION SHAME SEX

473. Papal Documents - JP2TB9.HTM - Man Becomes the Image of God by Communion of Persons
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 November 1979, the Holy Father located the image of God, in which man was created, not only in the solitude of his humanity, but also in the communion of persons, in the creation of the first man and woman in relation to each other. MASCULINE FEMININE COMMUNION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CORPORALITY

474. Papal Documents - JP2TB107.HTM - Man Called to Overcome Concupiscence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 9 February 1983, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the "language of the body," expressed in the marriage covenant, but now with consideration of its misreading in the man of concupiscence. He/she is called by Christ to return from sin to chastity in rereading the truth of the body in the mystery of redemption. ADULTERY COMMUNION OF PERSONS ORIGINAL SIN

475. Papal Documents - JP2TB18.HTM - Man Enters the World as a Subject of Truth and Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 20 February 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body. Created in the image of God, man (Adam and Eve) entered the world as a primordial sacrament, a sign to the visible world of the invisible mystery hidden in God, the mystery of truth and love, the mystery of divine life, in which man really participates. MARRIAGE PROCREATION SUBJECTIVITY OBJECTIVITY SHAME

476. Papal Documents - JP2TB6.HTM - Man's Awareness of Being a Person
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 24 October 1979, the Holy Father linked "man's original solitude," as different from and superior to other living creatures, with consciousness of his body. ANTHROPOLOGY FREE WILL COVENANT THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

477. Papal Documents - JP2SCIEN.HTM - Man's dignity stems from his spiritual nature
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father gave this address on 27 October 1998 to the members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered to discuss modern concepts of nature. MAN THEOLOGY PHILOSOPHY SCIENCE ANTHROPOLOGY METAPHYSICS

478. Papal Documents - JP2MANE.HTM - Mane Nobiscum Domine
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Letter, published 8 October 2004, the Holy Father reinforced the importance of this sacrament for the life of Catholics. He suggested that the celebration of Sunday Mass be intensified, as well as Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, the rosary and Eucharistic processions, especially on the feast of Corpus Christi. These are ways of "witnessing with greater force to the presence of God in the world." Therefore, he asks Catholics not to be afraid to speak of God and to "bear proud witness to our faith." WORLD YOUTH DAY MILLENNIUM SUNDAY ROSARY MYSTERYS OF LIGHT WORD SACRAMENT SCRIPTURE BIBLE MEAL SACRIFICE REAL PRESENCE MUSIC COMMUNION MASS LORD'S DAY MISSION SOLIDARITY

479. Papal Documents - JP2MARIT.HTM - Marital Act must be Total Gift of Person
John Paul II

A letter to the Centre for Research and Study on the Natural Regulation of Fertility of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, which held a convention 28 February - 1 March 1998. HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE SEX SEXUALITY INTERCOURSE PERSONALISM

480. Papal Documents - JP2TB86.HTM - Marital Love Reflects God's Love for His People
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body by laying the groundwork for an examination of St. Paul's teaching on marriage in the fifth chapter of Ephesians. Marriage, as a sacrament, signifies the relationship between Christ and His Church, and before that, the spousal love between God and his chosen people. WIVES HUSBANDS

481. Papal Documents - JP2TB98.HTM - Marriage an Integral Part of New Sacramental Economy
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 20 October 1982, the Holy Father continued his commentary on Ephesians 5, to give further insights into his Theology of the Body. Marriage is so fundamental to the order of redemption established by Christ that "all the sacraments of the new covenant find their prototype in marriage as the primordial sacrament." SACRAMENTAL ECONOMY SCHOLATICISM

482. Papal Documents - JP2TB63.HTM - Marriage and Celibacy in the Light of the Resurrection of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 November 1981, the Holy Father began a new segment of his catechesis on theology of the body, basing his talk on the words of Christ to the Sadducees on the general resurrection. "These words are of fundamental importance for understanding marriage in the Christian sense and also the renunciation of conjugal life for the kingdom of heaven." PHARISEES LEVIRATE LAW

483. Papal Documents - JP2TB77.HTM - Marriage and Continence Complement Each Other
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his instruction on the relationship between marriage and continence. Those called to either state fulfill their calling in a spiritual paternity or maternity toward those in their care. And the nature of both is conjugal, being expressed in the total gift of oneself. CELIBACY VIRGINITY

484. Papal Documents - JP2TB22.HTM - Marriage in the Integral Vision of Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. Only by going back to the "beginning," as Christ did in answering the Pharisees on divorce, can we get a total vision of man, male and female, and only so can we adequately understand marriage and procreation. COMMUNION ANTHROPOLOGY

485. Papal Documents - JP2TB96.HTM - Marriage Is the Central Point of the Sacrament of Creation
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 6 October 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of fifth chapter of the Letter to the Ephesians, for the light it sheds on marriage as the "primordial" sacrament in the state of man's original innocence. SIN THEOLOGY OF THE BODY HOLINESS

486. Papal Documents - JP2TB10.HTM - Marriage One and Indissoluble in First Chapters of Genesis
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 November 1979, the Holy Father spoke on the communion of the first man and woman, how it renewed their original unity before separation in creation, and revealed the meaning of their bodies by their complementarity. MALE FEMALE SEX PROCREATION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY PERSONS

487. Papal Documents - JP2TB101.HTM - Marriage Sacrament an Effective Sign of God's Saving Power
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 1 December 1982, the Holy Father drew together texts from the Gospel, Romans, and I Corinthians to shed further light on marriage as presented in Ephesians 5. This primordial sacrament prepares for the eschatological hope of the general resurrection in procreating sons and daughters who are to participate in the resurrection, and thus experience the redemption of the body. CONCUPISCENCE

488. Papal Documents - JP950702.HTM - Martyrdom Unites Us With All Believers
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's homily given at the Mass during which he canonized Marek Krizin, Stefan Pongracz and Melichar Grodziecky of Kosice. July 2, 1995 JOHN PAUL II SLOVAKIA MARTYRS KOSICE

489. Papal Documents - JP951001.HTM - Martyrdom: A Special Gift of the Spirit, Beatification of Martyrs of...
Pope John Paul II

...French Revolution and Spanish Civil War October 1, 1995

490. Papal Documents - JP960919.HTM - Martyrs in the Vendee Courageously Remained Faithful to Christ's
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II in France to Young People--September 19, 1996. The Holy Father praises the martyrs of the Vendee, who gave their lives during the French Revolution rather than renounce the freedom and independence of the Church.

491. Papal Documents - JP2BVM30.HTM - Mary and Joseph Lived Gift of Virginity
Pope John Paul II

The grace to live both the charism of virginity and the gift of marriage, which was given to Mary and Joseph, was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 21 August 1996. Although Joseph did not physically generate the Lord, his was a very real fatherhood. This is the 30th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. HOLY FAMILY

492. Papal Documents - JP960821.HTM - Mary and Joseph Lived Gift of Virginity
John Paul II

The grace to live both the charism of virginity and the gift of marriage, which was given to Mary and Joseph, was the Holy Father's subject at his General Audience, August 21, 1996.

493. Papal Documents - JP2BVM53.HTM - Mary and the Human Drama of Death
Pope John Paul II

Reflecting on the Dormition of the Mother of God, at the General Audience of 25 June 1997, the Holy Father said, "The experience of death personally enriched the Blessed Virgin: by undergoing mankind's common destiny, she can more effectively exercise her spiritual motherhood towards those approaching the last moment of their life." This was the 53rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ASSUMPTION

494. Papal Documents - JP970115.HTM - Mary Co-operates by Personal Obedience
John Paul II

"At the temple in Jerusalem, in this prelude to his saving mission, Jesus associates his Mother with himself, no longer is she merely the One who gave him birth, but the Woman who through her own obedience to the Father's plan, can co-operate in the mystery of Redemption", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 15, 1997, as he reflected on the finding of Jesus in the temple. Here is a translation of his catechesis, which was the 42nd in the series on the Blessed Mother.

495. Papal Documents - JP2BVM42.HTM - Mary Co-operates by Personal Obedience
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 15 January 1997, the Holy Father reflected on the finding of Jesus in the temple and its meaning for His Mother. "At the temple in Jerusalem, in this prelude to his saving mission, Jesus associates his Mother with himself; no longer is she merely the One who gave him birth, but the Woman who through her own obedience to the Father's plan, can co-operate in the mystery of Redemption." This is the 42nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. HIDDEN LIFE JOSEPH FATHER COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX FIAT

496. Papal Documents - JP2MCOOP.HTM - Mary Cooperates in God's Saving Plan
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 12 January 2000, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's place in our journey to the Father, who "desired Mary's presence in salvation history". The Virgin Mother has a mediating role, but one subordinate to the Saviour's. Her cooperation is founded on Christ's mediation and her sharing in his work takes nothing from him as the unique Mediator. MEDIATRIX COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX

497. Papal Documents - JP2BVM25.HTM - Mary Freely Co-operated in God's Plan
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 3 July 1996, the Holy Father spoke of Our Lady's response to the angel's announcement that she would be the mother of the Messiah. The Pope said: "Mary is asked to assent to a truth never expressed before. She accepts it with a simple yet daring heart." This was the 25th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION INCARNATION ZECHARIAH FAITH

498. Papal Documents - JP960703.HTM - Mary Freely Cooperated in God's Plan
John Paul II

In St. Luke's Gospel, Elizabeth's greeting to Mary presents her as the one whose faith makes her the model of all who live according to the beatitudes. Papal audience of July 3, 1996.

499. Papal Documents - JP2BVM60.HTM - Mary Fully Adhered to Revealed Truth
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 20 August 1997, as he reflected on Mary's virginity as a model for the Church, the Holy Father said, "Having fully adhered to the Word of the Lord, Mary represents for the Church an unsurpassable model of 'virginally integral’ faith, for with docility and perseverance she accepts the revealed Truth whole and entire." This was the 60th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. CHASTITY CELIBACY

500. Papal Documents - JP2BVM46.HTM - Mary Had Role in Jesus' Public Ministry
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 12 March 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's role in Jesus' public ministry. He said, "Separation did not mean distance of heart, nor did it prevent the Mother from spiritually following her Son ... as she had done during Jesus' hidden life in Nazareth." This was 46th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. MISSION CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX

501. Papal Documents - JP2BVM66.HTM - Mary Has Always Been Specially Venerated
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 15 October 1997, the Holy Father reflected on the development of Marian devotion in the history of the Church. "The Second Vatican Council, in stressing the particular character of Marian devotion, says: 'Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her Son, as the most holy Mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ: she is rightly honoured by a special cult in the Church'" (Lumen gentium, n. 66). This was the 66th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. NEW EVE THEOTOKOS DORMITION ASSUMPTION PR0TOEVANGELIUM

502. Papal Documents - JP2BVM40.HTM - Mary Has Role in Jesus' Saving Mission
Pope John Paul II

"Beginning with Simeon's prophecy, Mary intensely and mysteriously unites her life with Christ's sorrowful mission: she was to become her Son's faithful co-worker for the salvation of the human race", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 18 December 1996, reflecting on the significance of Simeon's predictions at the Presentation in the temple. This is the 40th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX SUFFERING SERVANT PROPHECY

503. Papal Documents - JP961218.HTM - Mary Has Role in Jesus' Saving Mission
John Paul II

In his General Audience of December 18, 1996, the Holy Father reflects on the significance of Simeon's predicitons at the Presentation in the temple.

504. Papal Documents - JP2MARY1.HTM - Mary has universal spiritual motherhood
Pope John Paul II

In his Wednesday Audience of 24 September 1998 the Holy Father explained the meaning of Mary's titles of: Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix (as taught by Vatican II).

505. Papal Documents - JP2BVM64.HTM - Mary Has Universal Spiritual Motherhood
Pope John Paul II

The Blessed Virgin, "having entered the Father's eternal kingdom, closer to her divine Son and thus closer to us all, can more effectively exercise in the Spirit the role of maternal intercession entrusted to her by divine Providence", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 24 September 1997, as he discussed Mary's motherhood in the order of grace. This was the 64th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ADVOCATE HELPER BENEFACTRESS MEDIATRIX

506. Papal Documents - JP970305.HTM - Mary Is Active in Her Son's Mission
John Paul II

By emphasizing Mary's initiative in the first miracle and then recalling her presence on Calvary at the foot of the Cross, the Evangelist helps us understand how Mary's co-operation is extended to the whole of Christ's work the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, March 5, 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role at Cana and her co-operation in her Son's messianic mission.

507. Papal Documents - JP2BVM45.HTM - Mary Is Active in Her Son's Mission
Pope John Paul II

"By emphasizing Mary's initiative in the first miracle and then recalling her presence on Calvary at the foot of the Cross, the Evangelist helps us understand how Mary's co-operation is extended to the whole of Christ's work", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 5 March 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role at Cana and her co-operation in her Son's messianic mission. This was the 45th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MARRIAGE NEW EVE COVENANT EUCHARIST INTERCESSION

508. Papal Documents - JP950815.HTM - Mary is Church's Pattern; Mary is First to Receive Glory
Pope John Paul II

(Feast of the Assumption), 8/15/95

509. Papal Documents - JP2BVM55.HTM - Mary Is First Creature to Enjoy Eternal Life
Pope John Paul II

Reflecting on Mary's Assumption in the Tradition of the Church, at the General Audience of 9 July 1997, the Holy Father drew implications for our own resurrection. He said, "By looking at her, the Christian learns to discover the value of his own body and to guard it as a temple of God, in expectation of the resurrection." This was the 55th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION WOMEN NEW EVE HEAVEN

510. Papal Documents - JP2BVM59.HTM - Mary Is Model for Church's Motherhood
Pope John Paul II

"In contemplating Mary, the Church imitates her charity, her faithful acceptance of the Word of God and her docility in fulfilling the Father's will. By following the Blessed Virgin's example, she achieves a fruitful spiritual motherhood", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 13 August 1997. This was the 59th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. NEW EVE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

511. Papal Documents - JP951101.HTM - Mary Is Model of Care for the Sick
Pope John Paul II

Message for the 4th World Day of the Sick 1996, November 1, 1995.

512. Papal Documents - JP2BVM6.HTM - Mary Is Model of Persevering Silence
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience on 22 November 1995, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Virgin Mary with a reflection on significant aspects of her personality, in particular, her quiet humility and loving obedience. This is the sixth in a series. For the series, see Index Page. FAITH HOPE SILENCE HUMILITY PURITY ECUMENICAL

513. Papal Documents - JP2BVM58.HTM - Mary Is Outstanding Figure of Church
Pope John Paul II

As he reflected on Mary as "the Church's type and outstanding model in faith and charity," at the General Audience of 6 August 1997, the Holy Father said, "The plan of salvation which orders the prefigurations of the Old Testament to fulfilment in the New Covenant likewise determines that Mary would live in a perfect way what was later to be fulfilled in the Church." This was the 58th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. TYPES

514. Papal Documents - JP2BVM1.HTM - Mary Is Pattern of Church's Holiness
Pope John Paul II

"The Blessed Virgin is the perfect realization of the Church's holiness and its model", the Holy Father said in the first of a series of reflections on Mary's role in the Church at the General Audience of Wednesday, 6 September 1995. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER HOLY SPIRIT FAMILY PRAYER

515. Papal Documents - JP2BVM57.HTM - Mary Is Pre-eminent Member of Church
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 30 July 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary as a pre-eminent member of the Church from its origins. He said, "Mother of the only begotten Son of God, Mary is Mother of the community which constitutes Christ's mystical Body and guides its first steps." This was the 57th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER OF THE CHURCH DAUGHTER OF THE FATHER TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

516. Papal Documents - JP2DVLV.HTM - Mary is the Image of the Heavenly Church
Pope John Paul II

In his homily at the dedication of the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love, the Holy Father likens the new building to the Church on earth, whose members are living stones, cemented together by charity, and to the Church in heaven. Mary is the image and first- fruits of the heavenly Church, where love is fulfilled in communion with the Blessed Trinity. ROME PIUS XII WORLD WAR II

517. Papal Documents - JP960505.HTM - Mary Is the Mother Who Intercedes for Everyone
John Paul II

Angelus message for May 5, 1996.

518. Papal Documents - JP2BVM2.HTM - Mary Is the Virgin Mother of God
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 13 September 1995, the Holy Father continued the catechesis he had begun the previous week on the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this talk he discussed the mystery of Mary's virginal motherhood and the title officially attributed to her by the Council of Ephesus in 431. This was the second in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. THEOTOKOS VIRGIN BIRTH CELIBACY

519. Papal Documents - JP950913.HTM - Mary Is the Virgin Mother of God
Pope John Paul II

9/13/95

520. Papal Documents - JP96-815.HTM - Mary Leads Us to Eucharist
John Paul II

The Holy Father's August 15, 1996 message to those attending the 19th International Marian Congress in Czestochowa, Poland, on August 24-26.

521. Papal Documents - JP2BVM32.HTM - Mary Offers Sublime Model of Service
Pope John Paul II

"Mary makes the Father's will the inspiring principle of her whole life, seeking in it the necessary strength to fulfil the mission entrusted to her", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 4 September 1996, as he reflected on Mary's response to the angel at the Annunciation. This was the 32nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. SERVANT

522. Papal Documents - JP960904.HTM - Mary Offers Sublime Model of Service
John Paul II

Mary makes the Father's will the inspiring principle of her whole life, seeking in it the necessary strength to fulfill the mission entrusted to her", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of September 4, 1996, as he reflected on Mary's response to the angel at the Annunciation, an act of free submission to God.

523. Papal Documents - JP2BVM52.HTM - Mary Prays for Outpouring of the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 28 May 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's presence in the Upper Room at Pentecost. He said, "In contemplating Mary's powerful intercession as she waits for the Holy Spirit, Christians of every age have frequently had recourse to her intercession ... to receive the gifts of the Paraclete in greater abundance." This was the 52nd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. PARACLETE INCARNATION

524. Papal Documents - JP950701.HTM - Mary Prepares Hearts for Conversion
Pope John Paul II

July 1, 1995 The Holy Father visited the Shrine of the Sorrowful Virgin in Sastin, where he celebrated Mass in front of the basilica. JOHN PAUL II MARY CONVERSION

525. Papal Documents - JP2BVM18.HTM - Mary Responds to God With Spousal Love
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 1 May 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the Angel's greeting to Mary at the Annunciation and Mary's role as the new "daughter of Zion" . She represents all humanity, called to the marriage banquet which celebrates God's Covenant with His people. This is the 18th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. HAIL MARY ISRAEL SALVATION PROPHECY INCARNATION

526. Papal Documents - JP960501.HTM - Mary Responds to God with Spousal Love
John Paul II

General Audience of May 1, 1996.

527. Papal Documents - JP961018.HTM - Mary Says: 'Do Whatever He Tells You'
John Paul II

Message for 1997 World Day of the Sick (February 11, 1997, Fatima) Pope John Paul II October 18, 1996

528. Papal Documents - JP951206.HTM - Mary Shed Light on the Role of Women
John Paul II

At the General Audience of December 6, 1995, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Virgin Mary, calling particular attention to her as the model for woman's role in the contemporary world. His address was the eighth in the series on the Blessed Virgin.

529. Papal Documents - JP2BVM8.HTM - Mary Sheds Light on Role of Women
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 6 December 1995, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Blessed Mother, calling attention in light of the equality of the sexes to the distinctiveness of femininity, as exemplified in the Virgin Mary. This was the eighth address in the series. For the series, see Index Page. FEMININISM HUMILITY MOTHERHOOD VIRGINITY CIVILIZATION

530. Papal Documents - JP960814.HTM - Mary Shines As A Sign of Certain Hope
John Paul II

August 14, 1996 The Holy Father reflects on how the messianic expectations were fulfilled in Mary.

531. Papal Documents - JP951129.HTM - Mary Shows Us God's Respect for Women
John Paul II

The Pope's catechesis on Mary and the value of woman at the General Audience of November 29, 1995, was the seventh in the series on the Blessed Mother.

532. Papal Documents - JP2BVM7.HTM - Mary Shows Us God's Respect for Women
Pope John Paul II

"The figure of Mary shows that God has such esteem for woman that any form of discrimination lacks a theoretical basis", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 29 November 1995, in his seventh reflection in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. FEMINISM VOCATION DIGNITY EQUALITY

533. Papal Documents - JP2BVM35.HTM - Mary Sings the Praises of God's Mercy
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 6 November 1996, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Virgin Mary with a reflection on her song known as the Magnificat. "With her wise reading of history, Mary leads us to discover the criteria of God's mysterious action. Overturning the judgements of the world, he comes to the aid of the poor and lowly." This was the 35th in his series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. HUMILITY

534. Papal Documents - JP2BVM47.HTM - Mary United Herself to Jesus' Offering
Pope John Paul II

"With our gaze illumined by the radiance of the Resurrection, we pause to reflect on the Mother's involvement in her Son's redeeming Passion, which was completed by her sharing in his suffering", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 2 April 1997, as he reflected on Mary's participation in the mystery of Redemption and her presence at the foot of the Cross. This was 47th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX

535. Papal Documents - JP2BVM20.HTM - Mary Was Conceived Without Original Sin
Pope John Paul II

The perfection of holiness that Mary enjoyed from the first moment of her conception, defined by the Church only after a long period of doctrinal reflection, was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 15 May 1996. This was the 20th in his series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. SANCTIFYING GRACE NEW CREATION EVE

536. Papal Documents - JP2BVM24.HTM - Mary Was Free From All Personal Sin
Pope John Paul II

The doctrine of Mary's perfect holiness was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 19 June 1996. This truth asserts "that Mary, free from original sin, was also preserved from all actual sin and that this initial holiness was granted to her in order to fill her entire life." This was the 24th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION KECHARITOMENE GOSPELS

537. Papal Documents - JP951025.HTM - Mary Was United to Jesus on the Cross
Pope John Paul II

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538. Papal Documents - JP2BVM3.HTM - Mary Was United to Jesus on the Cross
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 25 October 1995, the Holy Father returned to his catechesis on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her participation in her Son's saving work. Down the centuries the Church’s tradition has appreciated ever more profoundly Mary’s role in her Son’s redemptive mission. The third in a series. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX REDEMPTION SALVATION

539. Papal Documents - JP2BVM51.HTM - Mary Was Witness to Whole Paschal Mystery
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 21 May 1997, the Holy Father reflected on the question of whether the Lord appeared to Mary after his Resurrection, concluding that "the unique and special character of the Blessed Virgin's presence at Calvary and her perfect union with the Son in his suffering on the Cross seem to postulate a very particular sharing on her part in the mystery of the Resurrection." This is the 51st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. EASTER

540. Papal Documents - JP970129.HTM - Mary's 'Hidden Life' Is Example to Mothers
John Paul II

"We can conclude that the atmosphere of tranquillity and peace in the house of Nazareth and their constant seeking to fulfil God's plan gave an extraordinary and unique depth to the union of mother and son", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 29, 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role in the hidden life of Christ. The Pope also referred to our lives, "hidden with Christ in God".

541. Papal Documents - JP960815.HTM - Mary's Assumption Reminds Us That Our True Dwelling Place Is in Heaven
John Paul II

August 15, 1996 Holy Father's Angelus reflection for the feast of the Assumption.

542. Papal Documents - JP2BVM29.HTM - Mary's Choice Inspires Consecrated Virginity
Pope John Paul II

"Mary's virginal life inspires in the entire Christian people esteem for the gift of virginity and the desire that it should increase in the Church as a sign of God's primacy over all reality", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 7 August 1996, as he continued his reflection on Mary's choice of virginity, the fruit of the Holy Spirit's grace. This was the 29th of the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION RELIGIOUS CONSECRATION CELIBACY CHASTITY

543. Papal Documents - JP2BVM48.HTM - Mary's Co-operation Is Totally Unique
Pope John Paul

At the General Audience of 9 April 1997, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the role of the Blessed Mother, calling attention to her unique "role of co-operator in the Redemption, which she exercised throughout her life and in a special way at the foot of the Cross." This was the 48th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX NEW EVE

544. Papal Documents - JP2BVM21.HTM - Mary's Enmity Towards Satan Was Absolute
Pope John Paul II

The scriptural texts on which the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is based were the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 29 May 1996. This was the 21st in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. PROTOEVANGELIUM DEVIL SIN REDEMPTION

545. Papal Documents - JP2BVM43.HTM - Mary's Hidden Life Is Example to Mothers
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 29 January 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's role in the hidden life of Christ. He said, "We can conclude that the atmosphere of tranquillity and peace in the house of Nazareth and their constant seeking to fulfil God's plan gave an extraordinary and unique depth to the union of mother and son." This was the 43rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. HOLY FAMILY

546. Papal Documents - JP2MARY2.HTM - Mary's mediation derives from Christ
Pope John Paul II

In his Wednesday Audience of 1 October 1998 the Pope explains the mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom the Church calls Mediatrix of Grace.

547. Papal Documents - JP2BVM65.HTM - Mary's Mediation Derives From Christ's
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 1 October 1997, the Pope focused on Mary's role as Mediatrix. "Far from being an obstacle to the exercise of Christ's unique mediation, Mary instead highlights its fruitfulness and efficacy," the Holy Father said. This was the 65th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. INTERCESSION MEDIATOR

548. Papal Documents - JP2BVM10.HTM - Mary's Place Is Highest After Christ
Pope John Paul II

The proper way to explain Marian doctrine was the topic of the Holy Father's weekly catechesis at the General Audience of 3 January 1995. Mariology is not a product of sentimentality, but of the same rigorous method used in all theology. This is the tenth in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MAXIMALIST MINIMALIST

549. Papal Documents - JP2BVM11.HTM - Mary's Relationship With the Trinity
Pope John Paul II

Citing Lumen Gentium, n. 53, the Holy Father gave a concise explanation of the Trinitarian dimension of Marian doctrine at the General Audience of 10 January 1996. This was the 11th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. DAUGHTER FATHER TEMPLE SPOUSE HOLY SPIRIT

550. Papal Documents - JP2BVM33.HTM - Mary, the New Eve, Freely Obeyed God
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 18 September 1996, the Holy Father examined the significance of Mary as the New Eve. "In stating her total 'yes' to the divine plan, Mary is completely free before God. At the same time, she feels personally responsible for humanity, whose future was linked with her reply." This was the 33rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION INCARNATION REDEMPTION

551. Papal Documents - JP960918.HTM - Mary, the New Eve, Freely Obeyed God
John Paul II

The Holy Father examines the significance of Mary as the New Eve in his General Audience discourse on September 18, 1996.

552. Papal Documents - JP2BVM61.HTM - Mary: Model of Faith, Hope, and Charity
Pope John Paul II

Mary as the Church's model of faith, hope and charity was the subject of the Holy Father's weekly catechesis at the General Audience of 3 September 1997. He said that, on their way to holiness, the faithful are encouraged by the example of their Mother who is the "model of virtues." This was the 61st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ORIGINAL SIN IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

553. Papal Documents - JP2BVM62.HTM - Mary: Model of the Church at Prayer
Pope John Paul II

Mary's role as a model of the Church at worship was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 10 September 1997. Her example encourages Christians to "offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 2:5). This was the 62nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION MYSTERIES

554. Papal Documents - JP2MSATH.HTM - Mass at the Sport Palace in Athens
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 5 May 2001, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the Sport Palace in the complex of the Olympic Centre of Athens: "In order to proclaim the good News to the men and women of our time, the Church must be attentive to their cultures and their ways of communicating, without allowing the Gospel message to be altered or its meaning or scope diminished". ECUMEN EVANGELIZATION CONVERSION COMMUNICATION INCULTURAT PHILOSOPHY

555. Papal Documents - JP2MSSYR.HTM - Mass in the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday morning, 6 May 2001, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus. In his homily he spoke of the Conversion of St Paul, which took place nearby, as an "extraordinary event" which was "decisive for the future of Paul and the Church". The homily is followed by the Pope's short Regina Caeli message, in which he remarks on the devotion of Syrian Christians to the Mother of God. ECUMEN ORTHODOX MUSLIM JEW FAMILY EVANGEL

556. Papal Documents - JP2ASCAT.HTM - Mass in the Cathedral, Astana
Pope John Paul II

On 24 September 2001, in the cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Astana, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the priests, religious and seminarians of Kazakhstan in honour of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, and delivered the homily in which he asked those who serve the Church to proclaim the love of Christ in Central Asia with the power of witness and the gentleness of dialogue. EVANGEL INTERRELIGIOUS MARTYR COMMUNIS

557. Papal Documents - JPMASTER.HTM - Master In the Faith
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of His Holiness John Paul II for the Fourth Centenary of the Death of Saint John of the Cross. Given in Rome on December 14, 1990.

558. Papal Documents - JP951224.HTM - May Christ Teach Us to Be A Gift for Others
Pope John Paul II

December 24, 1996 To members of the Roman Curia during traditional exchange of Christmas wishes.

559. Papal Documents - JP2CUBA.HTM - May Cuba open her doors to Christ
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father gave this address to the bishops of Cuba when he received them in audience on 9 June 1998.

560. Papal Documents - JP960825.HTM - May Martyrs' Witness Bring Full Communion
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo on Sunday, August 25, 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the martyrs of the Eastern and Western Churches who died for Christ.

561. Papal Documents - JP880904.HTM - May the Mother of the Church be an Inspiration for the Discovery of a New Feminine Identity
John Paul II

Address to Women Religious, Turin, September 4 1988.

562. Papal Documents - JP2TB37.HTM - Meaning of Adultery Transferred from the Body to the Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 September 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, focusing on adultery, its place in the Wisdom tradition, and the change in emphasis introduced by Christ. MARRIAGE LUST CONCUPISCENCE

563. Papal Documents - JP2TB5.HTM - Meaning of Man's Original Solitude
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 10 October 1979, the Holy Father examined man's solitude, not as male, distinct from female, but in his nature as distinct from other living things, his difference in superiority, revealed to him in his self-consciousness. CREATION ANTHROPOLOGY LOGIC

564. Papal Documents - JP2TB11.HTM - Meaning of Original Human Experiences
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 December 1979, the Holy Father observed that, in the Genesis account, the shame at their nakedness, experienced by the first man and woman after the Fall, contrasts with their original innocence, which invites further study of their original consciousness of their bodies. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CREATION ANTHROPOLOGY

565. Papal Documents - JP1ROMCL.HTM - Meeting the Roman Clergy
Pope John Paul I

On 7 September 1978 Pope John Paul I addressed the clergy of his new diocese for the first time. DISCIPLINE PRIEST GREGORY CURE DE SALES

566. Papal Documents - JP2SYRMT.HTM - Meeting With Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday 6 May 2001, the Holy Father went to the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Palace in Damascus to dine with the Patriarchs and 35 Catholic bishops of Syria along with the Cardinals and Bishops of the Papal entourage, which included the Greek Orthodox and Syrian Orthodox Patriarchs. The Pope spoke of Christ's presence with us, which is demanding as well as consoling, obliging us "not to keep for ourselves the treasure we have received". ECUMEN EVANGEL

567. Papal Documents - JP2POLCU.HTM - Meeting With Representatives of Political Life, Culture, Science and Business
Pope John Paul II

In a meeting, 23 June 2001, at the presidential palace in Kyiv, with the president, representatives of government, and authorities of Ukrainian culture and science, the Holy Father reminds them that "it is Christianity that has inspired the greatest figures of your culture and art, and richly nourished the moral, spiritual and social roots of your country." ECUMEN ORTHODOX SKOVORODA SOVIET NAZI

568. Papal Documents - JP2ALUKR.HTM - Meeting With Representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Churches and other Religious Organizations of Ukraine, 24 June 2001, at the National Philharmonic in Kyiv, the Holy Father praises their common commitment to spiritual and religious values, "which are indispensable for the building of a genuinely free and democratic society." He reminds them that "Christianity is an inseparable part of your civil, cultural and religious identity!" ECUMEN ORTHODOX NAZI COMMUN JEWS FREEDOM

569. Papal Documents - JP2UKREP.HTM - Meeting With the Ukrainian Catholic Episcopate
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Catholic Bishops of Ukraine, 24 June 2001, the Holy Father gives thanks for the fullness of tradition represented there, where the Church breathes with the two lungs of eastern and western. And he gives paternal admonitions on points of particular concern. BYZANTINE SEMINAR CATECHESIS FAMILY YOUTH EVANGEL ORTHODOX

570. Papal Documents - JP2YTHUK.HTM - Meeting With Young People of Ukraine
Pope John Paul II

In his meeting with the youth of Ukraine, before the Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Lviv, the Holy Father reminds young people that the future of their country depends on them. Recently freed from a totalitarian regime, they should know that true freedom is to avoid sin and heed the Lord's "words of eternal life." NATURAL LAW MATERIALISM

571. Papal Documents - JP2KZYTH.HTM - Meeting With Youth of Kazakhstan
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday, 23 September 2001, in the auditorium of the Eurasia University in Astana, the Holy Father met with 640 young people whom he mandated to build a culture of unity and accord between peoples, and urged to seek an encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. MISSION EUROPE ASIA ECUMEN INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

572. Papal Documents - JP950709.HTM - Men and Women Must Live for the Other
Pope John Paul II

Angelus July 9, 1995 Reflecting on the relationship between the woman and the man, the Pope said that 'This complementarity and reciprocity emerges in every context of coexistence.'

573. Papal Documents - JP96N30.HTM - Mentally Ill Are Also Made In God's Image
John Paul II

"Whoever suffers from mental illness 'always' bears God's image and likeness in himself, as does every human being In addition, he 'always' has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such", the Holy Father said on November 30, 1996, addressing participants in the international conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers, on the theme: "In the Image and Likeness of God: Always? Illness of the Human Mind".

574. Papal Documents - JP2WY14.HTM - Message for 14th World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father reflects on the 14th World Youth Day, to be held in dioceses in 1999, in light of the Year of the Father and the final preparation for the Great Jubilee.

575. Papal Documents - JP2JCOMM.HTM - Message for 34th World Communications Day
Pope John Paul II

The theme of the thirty-fourth World Communications Day (4 June 2000), Proclaiming Christ in the Media at the Dawn of the New Millennium, is an invitation to look ahead to the challenges we face, and also back to the dawn of Christianity itself, for the light and courage we need. Published 24 January 2000. MEDIA TELEVISION TV RADIO PRESS NEWS MOVIES HOLLYWOOD

576. Papal Documents - JP2VOCTI.HTM - Message for 39th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope John Paul II

In his message of 8 September 2001, for the 39th World Day of Prayer for Vocations (to be observed 21 April 2002), the Holy Father says that, while all in the Church are called to holiness, some are called "in a thoroughly unique manner," i.e., to ordained ministry and to consecrated life. EVANGEL RELIGIOUS PRIEST FAMILY

577. Papal Documents - JP2MSLNT.HTM - Message for Lent
Pope John Paul II

In his message for Lent 2001, the Holy Father links reconciliation with God to reconciliation with enemies, which, on the international level, is the way to peace among peoples. CONVERSION SOLIDARITY CHARITY

578. Papal Documents - JP2SOULS.HTM - Message for Millennium of All Souls Day
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father issued this Message on 2 June 1998 to mark the millennium of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, commonly known as All Souls' Day and established by St Odilo, as well as the centenary of the foundation of the Archconfraternity of Our Lady of Cluny, and the 40th anniversary of the bulletin Lumiere et vie. PURGATORY

579. Papal Documents - jp2wyd20 - Message for the 20th World Youth Day 2005
Pope John Paul II

On 6 August 2004, Pope John Paul II announced, the theme of the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne, August 2005, which he had planned to attend. The theme is "We have come to worship him," the words of the Wise Men of the East who recognized the star as a sign of God and followed it to find the newborn Child. The Pope encouraged young people to take part in the World Youth Day. He said they would become better acquainted there with some of the saints whose intercession they should pray for, and reminded them that all are called to holiness. MAGI EUCHARIST IDOLATRY NEW EVANGELIZATION

580. Papal Documents - JP2COM36.HTM - Message for the 36th World Day of Communications
Pope John Paul II

In his Message for World Communications Day 2002, the Holy Father takes up the challenge of the Internet. "In these troubled times, how can we ensure that this wondrous instrument first conceived in the context of military operations can now serve the cause of peace? .... The Church believes it can; and to ensure that this is what will happen she is determined to enter this new forum, armed with the Gospel of Christ, the Prince of Peace". EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS RELATIVISM GLOBALIZATION CULTURE

581. Papal Documents - JJP2PRIS.HTM - Message for the Jubilee in Prisons
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father calls for improved prison conditions and a gesture of clemency toward prisoners in this Jubilee Year. SOCIETY PENAL REFORM

582. Papal Documents - JP2MVMNT.HTM - Message for the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed this written Message to the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity and held in Rome from 27 to 29 May 1998.

583. Papal Documents - JP2DYPC.HTM - Message for the World Day of Peace
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father, in his message for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2001, focuses on terrorism and the Christian response to it. He highlights society's right to defend itself against terrorist groups, yet warns that the response must foster authentic reconciliation among peoples. JUSTICE PEACE ORDER FUNDAMENTALISM INTERRELIGIOUS

584. Papal Documents - JP2VOCAT.HTM - Message for the XXXVIII World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope John Paul II

In his message, published 25 November 2000, the Holy Father looked forward to the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 6 May 2001. He focussed especially on youth, "who thirst for values and yet are often unable to find the way that leads to them." "Truly, only Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And so we need to lead them to meet the Lord and help them to establish a deep relationship with him." DIGNITY GAUDIUM ET SPES EVANGELIZATION PRIEST

585. Papal Documents - JP2PEACE.HTM - Message for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2002
Pope John Paul II

Presiding at Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presented his annual Peace message, with the theme, "There can be no peace without justice, and no justice without forgiveness." TERRORISM LIFE DIGNITY PERSON FUNDAMENTALISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

586. Papal Documents - JP2PEAC.HTM - Message for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2004
Pope John Paul II

In this year's message for the World Day of Peace, the Holy Father addressed the fatalism many feel in the face of terrorism. Peace is possible, and therefore a duty to strive for it. The way to peace begins with respect for law, but it ends only with charity. INTERNATIONAL ORDER UNITED NATIONS

587. Papal Documents - JP96VOC.HTM - Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations for Fourth Sunday of Easter
Pope John Paul II

April 28, 1996, Pope John Paul II

588. Papal Documents - JP2SICK.HTM - Message for World Day of the Sick for the Year 2000
Pope John Paul II

In a message delivered 6 August 1999, the Holy Father prepared for the Eighth World Day of the Sick, to be celebrated in Rome on 11 February 2000. He urge imitation of Jesus, the suffering Servant, who "has led great saints and simple believers to turn their illnesses and pain into a source of purification and salvation for themselves and for others." JUBILEE SUFFERING

589. Papal Documents - JP2TOUR.HTM - Message for World Day of Tourism
Pope John Paul II

On 19 June 2001, the Holy Father published this message for the 22nd World Day of Tourism. He denounced "sex tourism," which exploits women and children, emphasizing instead the opportunities for cultural exchange between tourists and the host countries. He urged the tourist industry to promote a code of ethics, as proposed by the World Tourism Organization. ETHNIC GLOBAL SOLIDARITY

590. Papal Documents - JP2MIGRT.HTM - Message for World Migration Day
Pope John Paul II

"In celebrating the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Church does not want to forget the tragedies which have marked the century now drawing to a close", for she "hears the suffering cry of all who are uprooted from their own land, of families forcefully separated, of those who, in the rapid changes of our day, are unable to find a stable home anywhere", the Holy Father said in his Message for the 86th World Migration Day. REFUGEES JUBILEE GLOBALIZATION

591. Papal Documents - JJP2MISS.HTM - Message for World Mission Sunday
Pope John Paul II

On Pentecost 2000, the Holy Father looked forward to Mission Sunday, October 22, in the year of the Great Jubilee, addressing a "special, heartfelt appeal to all the baptized to be heralds of the Gospel with humble courage, responding to the call of the Lord and the needs of the men and women of our day." EVANGELIZATION MARTYR CATECHIST FORMATION

592. Papal Documents - JP2MISSN.HTM - Message for World Mission Sunday
Pope John Paul II

"The Church is missionary in order to proclaim untiringly that God is Father, filled with love for all mankind.... It is the duty of believers to proclaim and testify that while he 'dwells in unapproachable light' (1 Tm 6:16), the heavenly Father in his Son, who was born of the Virgin Mary, died and is risen, has made himself near to all human beings", the Holy Father said, in his annual Message for World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated this year on 24 October. The Pope invited the faithful to "thank the Lord for the immense good work achieved by missionaries as, turning our eyes to the future, we confidently await, the dawn of a new day". JUBILEE OUR FATHER

593. Papal Documents - JP2WMS05.HTM - Message for World Mission Sunday: 23 October 2005
Pope John Paul II

On 22 February, Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Pope John Paul II signed the annual Message for World Mission Sunday, to be celebrated on 23 October 2005. The Message was released to the public on 16 April, as was willed by the late Holy Father, to provide Dioceses with an adequate time of preparation for the celebration. Its theme is "Mission: Bread broken for the life of the world." EUCHARIST MISSIONARIES EVANGELIZATION

594. Papal Documents - JP2WY15.HTM - Message for World Youth Day 15
Pope John Paul

In preparation for World Youth Day 15, to be held in Rome during the Year of the Great Jubilee, the Holy Father has addressed this message to the youth of the world.

595. Papal Documents - JP820513.HTM - Message of Mary's Maternal Love
John Paul II

On Thursday, 13 May, the second day of Pope John Paul's 1982 pilgrimage to Portugal, the Holy Father visited Fatima to commemorate in a very special way the first anniversary of the attempt on his life and the sixty-fifth anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition at Fatima. During the Mass at the Shrine the Holy Father delivered this homily. FATIMA

596. Papal Documents - JP2LENT.HTM - Message of the Holy Father for Lent 2002
Pope John Paul II

The theme of this year’s Lenten Message is the Lord’s words: “You received without paying, give without pay” (Mt 10:8). As we have received the life of grace freely, through the self-offering of Christ, we must in turn offer ourselves freely to our brothers and sisters. CONVERSION PASCHAL MYSTERY GENEROUSITY

597. Papal Documents - JP2AUSCH.HTM - Message on the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Pope John Paul II

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the extermination camp of Auschwitz, the Holy Father sent a Message dated 15 January 2005. The Pope's Special Envoy to the celebrations there was Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris. In his Message the Pope called all to remember Auschwitz, "the tragic outcome of a programme of hatred," and above all, never to pass by with indifference "the tragedy of the Shoah." HOLOCAUST NAZIS ANTISEMITISM JEWS

598. Papal Documents - JP2ARAM.HTM - Message to Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, for the 1,700th Anniversary of the Baptism of Armenia
Pope John Paul II

On the occasion of the 1,700th anniversary of the Baptism of the Armenian nation, the Holy Father sent the following Message to His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, in which he recalled the venerable history of the Armenian Church, and looked forward to its eventual reunion with the Catholic Church. Appended is a short "Religious History of Armenia." GREGORY ILLUMINATOR

599. Papal Documents - JP2CHART.HTM - Message to Cardinal Javierre
Pope John Paul II

On 16 December 2000 Cardinal Javierre presided at an academic convocation celebrating the 1,200th anniversary of the imperial coronation of Charlemagne by Leo III. In his Message for the occasion the Holy Father spoke of the European Union's "Charter of Fundamental Rights", expressing his disappointment that "in the Charter's text there is not a single reference to God. Yet in God lies the supreme source of the human person's dignity and his fundamental rights". CULTURE ROMAN EMPIRE TYRANNY HUMANISM

600. Papal Documents - JP2EAST.HTM - Message to Cardinal Silvestrini
Pope John Paul II

The Congregation for the Oriental Churches organized a meeting of Bishops and Religious Superiors of the Eastern Catholic Churches in America and Oceania in Boston, USA, on 7-12 November 1999. For the occasion the Holy Father sent a Message to Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, in which the Pope called the Eastern Churches to a twofold fidelity, to the traditions handed down to them, and to the men and women of today. IMMIGRATION ORTHODOXY

601. Papal Documents - JJP2BAUM.HTM - Message to Cardinal William W. Baum
Pope John Paul II

"I strongly urge priests to teach the faithful...to take advantage of the great good of indulgences according to the mind and heart of the Church", the Holy Father said in a Message to Cardinal Baum, Major Penitentiary, in which he urges priests to assign indulgenced practices to their penitents as sacramental penance. CONFESSION FORUM RECONCILIATION JUBILEE

602. Papal Documents - JP2PA.HTM - Message to Catholic Church in China
Pope John Paul II

With the approach of the Holy Year, the Holy Father sent a Message to the Catholic community in China, assuring all Catholics, whether visibly loyal to the Pope or not, that they are close to his heart "as Pastor of the universal Church." He addressed in a "special way the Shepherds and faithful of mainland China, who cannot as yet show forth, in a full and visible way, their communion with this Apostolic See," urging them to unity. JUBILEE INDULGENCE PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION

603. Papal Documents - JP2CHINA.HTM - Message to Catholics in China
Pope John Paul II

Broadcast over church-run Radio Veritas January 14. Among other things the Holy Father spoke of the need to accept the principle of communion with the successor of Peter. JOHN PAUL II CHINA UNITY

604. Papal Documents - JP2CARML.HTM - Message to the Carmelite Family
Pope John Paul II

For the 750th anniversary of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Holy Father sent a Message to the Prior Generals of the two Carmelite Orders (ancient and reformed) in which he spoke of the important role of devotion to Mary in Carmelite spirituality. THEOTOKOS CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX

605. Papal Documents - JP2DIORO.HTM - Message to the Diocese of Rome
Pope John Paul II

After the close of the Great Jubilee the Holy Father wrote a Message to the Diocese of Rome, thanking the clergy, religious and faithful for their participation in the Holy Year and encouraging them to continue their missionary outreach to all who live in the Eternal City. YOUTH EVANGEL FORMATION VOCATION FAMILY

606. Papal Documents - JP961022.HTM - Message to the Pontifical Academy of Science on Evolution
John Paul II

The Magisterium is concerned with the question of evolution, since it involves the conception of man. Pope John Paul II's message to the Academy delivered on October 22, 1996.

607. Papal Documents - JP2AIDS.HTM - Message to the U.N. Secretary General
Pope John Paul II

On 21 June 2001, the Holy Father sent this Message to Mr Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, focusing on two problems: the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child in Africa, and the high cost of treatment, beyond the means of developing countries. MEDICAL PRIVATE PROPERTY HEALTH

608. Papal Documents - JJP2ORBI.HTM - Message Urbi et Orbi
Pope John Paul II

In his Christmas message to the Church for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, the Holy Father expresses concern for violence in the Holy Land, for the massacre of Christians in Indonesia, and for the "culture of death" that poses a threat to the future. "Yet however dense the darkness may appear, our hope for the triumph of the Light which appeared on this Holy Night at Bethlehem is stronger still."

609. Papal Documents - JP2MISER.HTM - Misericordia Dei
Pope John Paul II

Published 2 May 2002, an Apostolic Letter "In The Form Of Motu Proprio On Certain Aspects of the Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance." A primary theme of the Letter is that, since both guilt and repentance are entirely personal, the only ordinary way to receive sacramental absolution is after individual confession. RECONCILIATION PENITENCE BISHOPS PRIESTS GENERAL ABSOLUTION MORTAL GRAVE SIN NECESSITY CONFESSIONALS

610. Papal Documents - JP950716.HTM - Mission of Motherhood Makes Woman A Guardian of Life, Who Must Encourage...
Pope John Paul II

...Child's Dialogue with the World. Angelus Message, July 16, 1995 'Woman's singular relationship with human life derives from her vocation to motherhood'.

611. Papal Documents - JP950510.HTM - Missionary Activity
Pope John Paul II

May 10, 1995 The Pope continues the reflection he began on May 3, 1995 'on the objections and doubts about the value of missionary activity, and in particular, about its evangelizing goal.' JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS EVANGELIZATION

612. Papal Documents - JP2TB93.HTM - Moral Aspects of the Christian's Vocation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 15 September 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the fifth chapter of Ephesians, by showing how the mystery of God's love, hidden for ages, was revealed in Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on his spousal donation of Himself to the Church and His members' participation in the mystery. MARRIAGE ISRAEL ADULTERY PROPHETS

613. Papal Documents - JP970117.HTM - Morality Must Inspire Law of Nations
John Paul II

On January 13, 1997, the Holy Father received the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, who had come to the Apostolic Palace for the traditional exchange of New Year's greetings. This file is a translation of the Holy Father's address.

614. Papal Documents - JP2TB113.HTM - Morality of Marriage Act Determined by Nature of the Act and of the Subjects
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 July 1984, the Holy Father turned to reflections on Paul VI's Humanae Vitae as an application of his catechesis on the theology of human love in God's plan. He spoke on the inseparable connection "between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act." LANGUAGE OF THE BODY

615. Papal Documents - JP840711.HTM - Morality of the Marriage Act Determined by the Nature...
Pope John Paul II

...of the Act and of the Subjects. Text of the general audience of Pope John Paul II, July 11, 1984, first of a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II MARRIAGE HUMANAE VITAE PAUL VI

616. Encyclicals - JP2MOTHE.HTM - Mother of the Redeemer
Pope John Paul II

'Redemptoris Mater' Promulgated on March 25, 1987. Discusses Mary's role in the economy of salvation, particularly reflecting upon that 'pilgrimage of faith' in which 'the Blessed Virgin advanced,' faithfully preserving her union with Christ. The Pope emphasizes the historical significance of the 'twofold bond' which unites the Mother of God with Christ and with the Church. JOHN PAUL II ENCYCLICAL MARY MOTHER REDEEMER SALVATION

617. Papal Documents - JP960306.HTM - Motherhood is God's Special Gift
John Paul II

The Old Testament not only shows that motherhood is a gift of God but also suggests a special link between the destiny of mothers and their sons. General Audience on March 6, 1996.

618. Papal Documents - JP2BVM14.HTM - Motherhood Is God's Special Gift
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father spoke on the gratuitousness of motherhood at the General Audience of 6 March 1996. "The Bible's message regarding motherhood reveals ... God's particular covenant with woman and the special bond between the destiny of the mother and that of the son." This was the 14th of his series of reflections on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MAGNIFICAT GRACE GRATUITOUSNESS

619. Papal Documents - JP96127.HTM - Motherhood: Woman's Gift to Society
John Paul II

"Motherhood shows a creativity on which the humanity of each human being largely depends; it also invites man to learn and to express his own fatherhood. Thus women contribute to society and to the Church their ability to nurture human beings", the Holy Father said to those taking part in an international meeting entitled "Women", when he received them in audience on December 7, 1996.

620. Papal Documents - JP2MUSLM.HTM - Muslims and Christians Adore the One God
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 5 May 1999, the Holy Father spoke about religious dialogue with Islam. While mentioning the point on which Christians and Muslims most differ, the mystery of the Trinity, the Pope observed that, like Christians and Jews, Muslims look upon Abraham as a model of submission to God's will, and know that in God we find our origin and end. We are "called in one spirit of love to defend and always promote human dignity, moral values and freedom". DIALOGUE MARY POLYTHEISM VIOLENCE

621. Papal Documents - JP2TB39.HTM - Mutual Attraction Differs from Lust
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 17 September 1980, the Holy Father continued his analysis of adultery in his series on Theology of the Body. The mutual attraction between a man and a woman, encompassing a "gamut of spiritual-corporal desires," to which a "proportionate pyramid of values" corresponds, differs from lust, in that the latter reduces the pyramid to one level, sex, as an object of gratification. MARRIAGE INTENTON AXIOLOGY CONCUPISCENCE

622. Papal Documents - JP2TB15.HTM - Mystery of Man's Original Innocence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 January 1980, the Holy Father pursued his examination of the Theology of the Body by dwelling on the mystery of man's original innocence, that purity of heart which enabled Adam and Eve to give themselves to each other in love, as the effect of grace. NUPTIAL ORIGINAL RIGHTEOUSNESS JUSTICE

623. Papal Documents - JP2TB85.HTM - Mystery of the Body's Redemption Basis of Teaching on Marriage and Voluntary Continence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The eschatological redemption of the body, in victory over death, is the inspiration for man's victory over sin in daily life, whether in marriage or in celibacy. CONTINENCE VIRGINITY RESURRECTION CONCUPISCENCE

624. Papal Documents - JP2TB20.HTM - Mystery of Woman Revealed in Motherhood
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 March 1980, the Holy Father further examined the concept of mutual "knowledge" between the first man and woman. The woman is brought to full awareness of the mystery of creation, in its renewal in human generation. MARRIAGE SEX PROCREATION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD MASCULINITY FEMININITY IMAGE OF GOD ADAM EVE MARY

625. Papal Documents - JP2BVM36.HTM - Nativity Shows Mary's Closeness to Jesus
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 20 November 1996, the Holy Father speaking on the Nativity, observed the Blessed Mother's association in rejection with her Son. He said, "Mary experiences childbirth in a condition of extreme poverty ... she has to lay him 'in a manger', an improvised cradle which contrasts with the dignity of the 'Son of the Most High'". This was the 36th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX INCARNATION CONTEMPLATION CHRISTMAS

626. Papal Documents - JP961120.HTM - Nativity Shows Mary's Closeness to Jesus
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II General Audience, November 20, 1996.

627. Papal Documents - JP96D07.HTM - Natural Methods Strengthen Harmony of Married Couples
John Paul II

Natural family planning "supports the process of freedom and emancipation of women and peoples from unjust family planning programmes, which bring in their sad wake the various forms of contraception abortion and sterilization", the Holy Father said on December 7, 1996 to those attending a course for teachers of the natural methods of fertility regulation, sponsored by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

628. Papal Documents - JP2NWCAT.HTM - New Catechism: Gift to the Church
Pope John Paul II

Given on December 7, 1992. Pope John Paul II officially presents the new Catechism of the Catholic Church in a special ceremony attended by Cardinals. heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, representatives of the doctrinal commissions of Episcopal Conferences, and members of the Editorial Commission. In his address, the pope expresses his appreciation for the work done and the hope that all in

629. Papal Documents - J23V2ADR.HTM - New Pentecost
Pope John XXIII

These excerpts from Bl. John XXIII's opening address to the Second Vatican Council show the care with which he distinguished the deposit of faith, which is unchangeable, and the way it should be presented to the modern world. TRADITION TRENT

630. Papal Documents - JP2TB68.HTM - New Threshold of Complete Truth About Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 13 January 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the words of Christ on the general resurrection, as applied to Theology of the Body. In some way difficult to imagine, the meaning of the human body will be revealed as the means of mutual self-giving in the communion of Saints. MARRIAGE ESCHATOLOGY PERSONS MALE FEMALE DIVINIZATION GLORIFICATION

631. Papal Documents - JP2EUTH.HTM - No Authority Can Justify Euthanasia
Pope John Paul II

In an address to the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers in October 1998, the Pope defends the right to life of the elderly, increasing threatened by civil laws permitting euthanasia. DEATH DYING AGED DIGNITY

632. Papal Documents - JP2LATIN.HTM - Normative Text Entrusted to the Church
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address on the occasion of entrusting to the Church the Latin typical edition of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." This text is the normative one with which all versions and translations must agree.

633. Papal Documents - JP960615.HTM - Now Is the Time to Take a Great Step Forward in the Work of Evangelization
John Paul II

On Saturday, 15 June, the Holy Father received in audience the fourth group of Bishops from Colombia on their ad limina visit to Rome. "Both the mission ad gentes and the new evangelization to which the whole Church is summoned spring from the certainty that there are 'unsearchable riches' in Christ which do not suppress the culture of any age and which men can always turn to for spiritual enrichment. These riches are first and foremost Christ himself', the Pope said. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Spanish.

634. Papal Documents - JP2TB1.HTM - Of the Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

On 5 September 1979, in the first of his General Audiences on the Theology of the Body, the Holy Father expounded the words of Christ, "In the beginning the Creator made them male and female." MARRIAGE UNITIVE

635. Papal Documents - JP970101.HTM - Offer Forgiveness and Receive Peace
John Paul II

"With deep conviction therefore I wish to appeal to everyone to seek peace along the paths of forgiveness. Forgiveness is inspired by love, that love which God has for every man and woman, for every people and nation, and for the whole human family." The Holy Father's Message for the World Day of Peace, January 1, 1997.

636. Papal Documents - JP2PBC.HTM - Old Testament essential to know Jesus
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father spoke to the members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission when he received them in audience on 11 April 1998. PBC BIBLE SCRIPTURE TESTAMENT EXEGESIS

637. Papal Documents - JP2CATEC.HTM - On Catechesis in Our Time
Pope John Paul II

'Catechesi Tradendae' Issued on October 16, 1979. In this Apostolic Exhortation John Paul hopes to strengthen the solidity of the faith and of Christian living. The Pope ardently desires to 'spread among communities the joy of bringing the mystery of Christ to the world.' CHRISTOCENTRICITY TEACHER TRADITION SCRIPTURE CREED TRENT

638. Papal Documents - JP2UNIVE.HTM - On Catholic Universities
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution "Ex Corde Ecclesiae." Issued on August 15, 1990. It states that a Catholic university has the honor and responsiblity to consecrate itself without reserve to the cause of truth. This is its way of serving at one and the same time both the dignity of man and the good of the Church. KNOWLEDGE THEOLOGY COMMUNITY BISHOPS SOCIETY MINISTRY

639. Papal Documents - JP2SAPIE.HTM - On Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution "Sapientia Christiana." Issued on March 15, 1979. John Paul emphasizes the importance of Catholic universities in imparting instruction in Christian wisdom so that people's lives and conduct might be formed and a higher culture might be promoted. CHURCH TEACHERS FACULTY THEOLOGY GOSPEL MISSION

640. Encyclicals - JP2MISSI.HTM - On Evangelization
Pope John Paul II

'Redemptoris Missio' Issued on December 7, 1990. The present document has as its goal an interior renewal of faith and Christian life. The Pope seeks to inspire us to renew the Church by missionary activity since faith is strengthened when it is given to others. SALVATION KINGDOM RESURRECTION MANDATE COMMUNITY WITNESS CONVERSION

641. Encyclicals - JP2LABOR.HTM - On Human Work
Pope John Paul II

'Laborem Exercens' Promulgated on September 14, 1981. This encyclical is one of four recent documents (by Pope John Paul II) which serve as a framework of analysis for the socio-political questions of the day. The Pope devotes this document to human work and to man in the vast context of the reality of work. Written on the ninetieth anniversary of Leo XIII's 'Rerum Novarum'. JOHN PAUL II ENCYCLICAL HUMAN WORK LABOR SOCIAL JUSTICE PROPERTY SOCIETY

642. Papal Documents - JP2RECON.HTM - On Reconciliation and Penance
Pope John Paul II

'Reconciliatio et Paenitentia' Issued on December 2, 1984. John Paul invites us to rediscover the words of Christ, 'Repent, and believe in the gospel.' He shows the Church's concern to know and understand modern man and to bring the love of Christ to heal the many deep and painful divisions in the world today. SIN METANOIA PRODIGAL SON MERCY SACRAMENT PRAYER WITNESS PIETAS

643. Papal Documents - JP2DONUM.HTM - On Religious Life
Pope John Paul II

'Redemptionis Donum' Issued on March 25, 1984. John Paul addresses himself to men and woman religious who through the vows of the evangelical counsels are striving towards the fullness of Christian life. He encourages them to follow Christ along the 'narrow and hard' way. VOCATION CONSECRATION CHASTITY POVERTY OBEDIENCE WITNESS APOSTOLATE

644. Encyclicals - JP2HUNDR.HTM - On Rerum Novarum
Pope John Paul II

'Centesimus Annus' Promulgated May 1, 1991. This encyclical is one of four recent documents (by Pope John Paul II) which serve as a framework of analysis for the socio-political questions of the day. The Pope issues an invitation to 'look back' at 'Rerum Novarum' in order to discover anew its richness and an invitation to 'look around' at the 'new things' which surround us. Finally, an invitation to 'look to the future' and reawaken our responsibility to procla

645. Papal Documents - JP2CUSTO.HTM - On St. Joseph
Pope John Paul II

'Redemptoris Custos' (Guardian of the Redeemer) Issued on August 15, 1989. A reflection upon the way that St. Joseph shared in the divine mystery of the Incarnation with the intention that all may grow in devotion to him. DAVID ANNUNCIATION MARRIAGE HOLY FAMILY WORK SILENCE SACRIFICE

646. Papal Documents - JP2VICES.HTM - On the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution
Pope John Paul II

'Vicesimus Quintus Annus,' an apostolic letter written for the 25th anniversary of the Conciliar Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy ('Sacrosanctum Concilium,' Vatican II). Given December 4, 1988.

647. Papal Documents - JP2CLARE.HTM - On the 750th Anniversary of the Death of St Clare of Assisi
Pope John Paul II

On 11 August 2003, for the 750th Anniversary of the death of St Clare of Assisi, the Holy Father sent a Message to the Poor Clares throughout the world. St Clare's example shows that constant prayer leads to an authentically contemplative life, "opening wide the heart to the Spirit of the Lord, which transforms the whole person". RELIGIOUS NUNS VOCATIONS POVERTY

648. Papal Documents - JP2APSEA.HTM - On the Apostleship of the Sea
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of 31 January 1997, issued motu proprio, on the Apostleship of the Sea.

649. Papal Documents - JP2MACKP.HTM - On the Beatification of Mother Mary Helen Mackillop
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II on Jan 19 in Sydney, Australia, during a morning prayer service. JOHN PAUL II MACKILLOP WOMEN

650. Papal Documents - JP2ALEIN.HTM - On the Centenary of the Birth of Albert Einstein
Pope John Paul II

In recalling Einstein's "eminent contribution" to the progress of science (to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 10 November 1979), Pope John Paul II declares that the apparent opposition between science and faith, often represented to the world by the Galileo case, is only apparent, as Galileo himself recognized. TECHNOLOGY SCRIPTURE

651. Papal Documents - JP2MULIE.HTM - On the Dignity of Women
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter "Mulieris Dignitatem," issued on August 15, 1988. John Paul deals with the question of understanding the reason for and the consequences of the Creator's decision that the human being should always and only exist as a woman or a man. He speaks of the greatness of the dignity and vocation of women and her active presence in the Church and in society. WOMAN WOMEN MOTHERHOOD VIRGINITY JOHN PAUL II POPE MAGISTERIUM DIGNITY

652. Papal Documents - JP2DOMIN.HTM - On the Holy Eucharist
Pope John Paul II

'Dominicae Cenae' Issued on February 24, 1980. This letter is addressed to the bishops and priests. John Paul devotes the encyclical to certain aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery and its impact on the lives of those who are the ministers of It. ADORATION WORSHIP HOLY THRUSDAY CHRIST LOVE SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE

653. Encyclicals - JP2GIVER.HTM - On the Holy Spirit
Pope John Paul II

'Dominum Et Vivificantem' Promulgated on May 30, 1986. This Encyclical on the Holy Spirit has been drawn from the heart of the heritage of the Vatican Council. John Paul desires to move us to penetrate ever deeper into the Trinitarian mystery of God himself, through the Gospels, the Fathers and the Liturgy. JOHN PAUL II ENCYCLICAL HOLY SPIRIT VATICAN COUNCIL TRINITY LITURGY

654. Papal Documents - JP2LAICI.HTM - On the Laity
Pope John Paul II

'Christifideles Laici' Issued on December 30, 1988. This Apostolic Exhortation intends to stir and promote a deeper awareness among all the faithful of the gift and responsibility they share, both as a group and as individuals, in the communion and mission of the Church. SECULARISM DIGNITY WORLD HOLINESS COMMUNION MINISTRIES CHARISMS

655. Encyclicals - JP2RICH.HTM - On the Mercy of God
Pope John Paul II

'Dives In Misericordia' Promulgated on November 30, 1980. John Paul draws from the language of revelation and faith to express the truth revealed by Christ about God the 'Father of mercies.' The truth that God is very close to man, especially when he is suffering and under threat at the very heart of his existence and dignity. JOHN PAUL II ENCYCLICAL MERCY LOVE PRODIGAL SON FATHER REVELATION CHURCH

656. Papal Documents - JP940613.HTM - On The Occasion of the Eighth Centenary of St. Anthony of Padua's Birth
Pope John Paul II

Address given on June 13, 1994.

657. Encyclicals - JP2SOCIA.HTM - On the Social Teaching of the Church
Pope John Paul II

'Sollicitudo Rei Socialis' Promulgated on December 30, 1987. In this encyclical, John Paul, reaffirms the continuity of the Church's social doctrine in its vital link with the Gospel and its constant renewal because it is subject to changing conditions and the flow of events which are the setting of the life of people and society. JOHN PAUL II ENCYCLICAL SOCIAL TEACHING CHURCH DOCTRINE SOCIETY JUSTICE WAR

658. Papal Documents - JP2VACAN.HTM - On the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff
Pope John Paul II

'Universi Dominici Gregis' John Paul II Apostolic Constitution issued on February 22, 1996. CONCLAVE

659. Papal Documents - JP950723.HTM - Only 'Assisi Spirit' Can Wipe Out Symbolic Starting Point of this Century's Tragedies
Pope John Paul II

July 23, 1995

660. Papal Documents - JP2ONLY.HTM - Only Christ Can Fulfill Man's Hopes
Pope John Paul II

Reflection on 30th Anniversary of 'Gaudium et Spes' ,11/8/95.

661. Papal Documents - JP970126.HTM - Only God's Word Gives Meaning to Life
John Paul II

"In Jesus, his incarnate Son, God spoke the definitive word about man and about history, and the Church repeats it with ever new trust, knowing that it is the only word that can give man's life its full meaning", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on January 26, 1997.

662. Papal Documents - JP2MDOOR.HTM - Opening of Holy Door at St. Mary Major
Pope John Paul II

On 1 January 2000, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace, the Holy Father opened the Holy Door and presided at a Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of St Mary Major. The Pope stressed the value of peace, saying that in his Message for World Day of Peace this year he had recalled "some of conditions and requirements for strengthening the progress of peace at the international level." JUBILEE

663. Papal Documents - JP2TB51.HTM - Opposition Between the Flesh and the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 January 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining St. Paul's doctrine of justification, and in particular the opposition between life according to the flesh and life according to the Spirit (of God). PURITY DEATH MORTAL SIN

664. Papal Documents - JP2TB32.HTM - Opposition in the Human Heart between the Spirit and the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 July 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The nuptial meaning of the body is destroyed when man or woman seeks to possess the other as an object, but not when each belongs to the other through self-giving. CONCUPISCENCE COMMUNION OF PERSONS

665. Papal Documents - JP2CARDC.HTM - Ordinary Public Consistory: 21 February
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday, 21 February 2001, Pope John Paul II held an Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 44 Cardinals. The ceremony took place during a Liturgy of the Word celebrated in St Peter's Square. This is the Holy Father's homily. UNITY MARTYR

666. Papal Documents - JP950514.HTM - Ordination of 41 Priests for Diocese of Rome
Pope John Paul II

May 14, 1995 JOHN PAUL II PRIESTHOOD ORDINATION HOLY ORDERS

667. Papal Documents - JP2TB17.HTM - Original Innocence and Man's Historical State
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 13 February 1980, the Holy Father reexamined our first parents' original innocence, as their nature was originally graced, how it affected their relationship to each other and the nuptial meaning of their bodies as male and female. METAPHYSICS OBJECTIVIZATION PERSONALISM MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

668. Papal Documents - JP2TB8.HTM - Original Unity of Man and Woman
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 November 1979, the Holy Father continued to lay groundwork for his Theology of the Body, meditating on Adam's "sleep" from which the division of the sexes emerged. MYTH MAN WOMAN MALE FEMALE

669. Papal Documents - JP961213.HTM - Our Deep Communion Has its Source in our Common Faith Sealed by the Gift of Baptism
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address to Armenian Catholicos given on December 13, 1996.

670. Papal Documents - JP2BVM27.HTM - Our Lady Intended to Remain a Virgin
Pope John Paul II

"The extraordinary case of the Virgin of Nazareth must not let us fall into the error of tying her inner dispositions completely to the mentality of her surroundings, thereby eliminating the uniqueness of the mystery that came to pass in her", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 24 July 1996, as he reflected on Mary's intention to remain a virgin. This was the 27th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. VIRGIN BIRTH VIRGINAL CONCEPTION MARRIAGE ESSENES THERAPEUTAE MOTHERHOOD

671. Papal Documents - JP960724.HTM - Our Lady Intended to Remain a Virgin
John Paul II

The Holy Father reflects on Mary's intention to remain a virgin in this catechesis given at his General Audience of July 24, 1996.

672. Papal Documents - JP2ARMAS.HTM - Outdoor Latin Rite Mass, Etchmiadzin
Pope John Paul II

On 26 September 2001, on an outdoor altar built within the enclosure of the grounds of Etchmiadzin, the Holy Father celebrated the Liturgy with the Armenian Catholic Bishops. He thanked the Armenian Apostolic Catholicos for his hospitality in allowing this Mass "on the holy ground where the Son of God appeared to St Gregory the Illuminator." ECUMEN MEKHITAR UNITY

673. Papal Documents - JP960303.HTM - Outward Penance Aids Us in our Interior Conversion
Pope John Paul II

Sunday Angelus - March 3, 1996

674. Papal Documents - JP2PACEM.HTM - Pacem in Terris: A Permanent Commitment
Pope John Paul II

In his Message, John Paul II observes the 40th anniversary of Bl. John XXIII's Pacem in Terris, published in 1963, which stressed the four pillars of truth, justice, love and freedom. on which peace rests. John Paul II notes the heightened consciousness of human dignity and human rights today. And he calls for a new international organization to meet a universal demand for participation in political authority and for accountability at every level of public life. HUMAN RIGHTS UNITED NATIONS MIDDLE EAST

675. Papal Documents - JP2ECCEL.HTM - Papal Address at Ecumenical Celebration of the Word
Pope John Paul II

On 25 January 2001, Pope John Paul II presided at an Ecumenical Celebration of the Word held at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls for the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Joining the Holy Father were Delegations from 23 Churches and Ecclesial Communities, who participated in a service of prayer, Scripture readings, an embrace of peace and the blessing of Aaron (Nm 6:24-26). This is his homily for the occasion. MILLENNIUM UT UNUM SINT MARTYR DIALOGUE EASTER

676. Papal Documents - JP2BPBRZ.HTM - Papal Addresses to Bishops of Brazil
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of Brazil, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS FORMATION IMMIGRATION SECTS COMMUNION EDUCATION EVANGELIZATION PRIESTHOOD SCANDAL CELIBACY MISSIONARY HOMOSEXUAL SEX ABUSE LAPSED CATHOLICS VOCATIONS PAPACY BAPTISM CLERICALIZATION PERMANENT DEACONS CLERGY PASTORAL WORKERS HOMILIES PENANCE CONSCIENCE EUCHARIST PRIESTS YOUTH HOLINESS LAITY ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS ASSOCIATIONS WOMEN DIVORCE ANNULMENTS ABORTION CONTRACEPTION MARGINALIZATION ECONOMY POVERTY POOR GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY RELIGIOUS CHARISM CONVERSION EVANGELICAL COUNSELS PROSELYTISM SUNDAY MASS PRAYER POPULAR PIETY COLLEGIALITY BUREAUCRACY COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA PASTORALISM

677. Papal Documents - JP950829.HTM - Papal Appeal on Behalf of Women
Pope John Paul II

8/29/95

678. Papal Documents - JP2WOM.HTM - Papal Letter to Women
Pope John Paul II

The Vatican text of the papal letter to women issued in preparation for the Beijing Conference. Dated June 29 and released July 10 at the Vatican. JOHN PAUL BEIJING WOMEN LETTER

679. Papal Documents - JP2BEIJ.HTM - Papal Message on Women's Conference
Pope John Paul II

On Friday, May 26, 1995 the Holy Father met Mrs. Gertrude Mongella, Secretary General of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, to be held next September in Beijing, China. At the end of their meeting the Pope gave Mrs. Mongella this English-language message. JOHN PAUL II BEIJING WOMEN UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE CHINA

680. Papal Documents - JP2PASTR.HTM - Pastor Bonus
Pope John Paul II

An Apostolic Constitution, given by the Holy Father 28 June 1988, defines the competencies of the secretariate of state, various congregations, tribunals, pontifical councils and commissions, administrative services, and other institutions of the Holy See, consistent with the new Code of Canon Law promulgated in 1983. CARDINALS CURIA DICASTERIES VATICAN II DIACONIA PAPACY CONSULTORS ROMAN ROTA APOSTOLIC SIGNATURA AD LIMINA VISITS PRESS OFFICE L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY ADVOCATES VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES VATICAN APOSTOLIC LIBRARY

681. Papal Documents - JP970118.HTM - Pastoral and Theological Activity of Priests Must Begin with Prayer
John Paul II

"Taken from among their brethren [priests] are first of an men of God; it is important that they do not neglect their spiritual life, for all pastoral and theological activity must in fact begin with prayer", the Holy Father said on January 18, 1997, to the second group of French Bishops to make their ad limina visit. The Pope discussed the challenges that priests face today and how they should be met, as he spoke to the prelates of France's Northern Apostolic Region.

682. Papal Documents - JP970124.HTM - Pastoral Care of Divorced and Remarried
John Paul II

With regard to divorced and remarried Catholics, Pastors "are called to help them experience the charity of Christ and the maternal closeness of the Church, receiving them with love, exhorting them to trust in God's mercy and suggesting, with prudence and respect, concrete ways of conversion and participation in the life of the community of the Church", the Holy Father said on January 24, 1997, to those taking part in the plenary session of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as he spoke on the theme: "The Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried".

683. Papal Documents - JP2PSTGR.HTM - Pastores Gregis
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II's apostolic exhortation, Pastores Gregis (Pastors of the Flock), could be summed up in one phrase: The Church needs bishops who are saints. The Pope signed the document 16 October 2003 in Paul VI Hall, on the 25th anniversary of his pontificate. The document gathers the conclusions of the 2001 synod on the role of bishops in the Church. MILLENNIUM EVANGELIZATION TERRORISM EPISCOPAL APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION COLLEGE COLLEGIALITY ECUMENICAL COUNCILS HIERARCHY PONTIFF MISSIONARY HOLY ORDERS ORDINATION KENOSIS HOLY SPIRIT MARY BIBLE SCRIPTURE EUCHARIST MASS PRAYER LITURGY OF HOURS EVANGELICAL COUNSELS BEATITUDES OBEDIENCE POVERTY CHASTITY CELIBACY HIGH PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SAINTS GOSPEL WORD SENSUS FIDEI CATECHESIS INCULTURATION CATHEDRAL LORD'S DAY LITURGICAL YEAR INITIATION RCIA PENANCE RECONCILIATION CONVERSION GENERAL ABSOLUTION EXORCISM POPULAR PIETY HOLINESS GOVERNANCE DISCIPLINE CHARISMS PRESBYTERATE SEMINARY DEACONS CONSECRATED LIFE LAITY LAY FAMILY YOUTH VOCATIONS COMMUNION SUBSIDIARITY COMPLEMENTARITY MAGISTERIUM AD LIMINA PERICHORESIS EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES PATRIARCHAL PATRIARCHATE METROPOLITAN SEE ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCES ECUMENISM ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE INTERRELIGIOUS ENVIRONMENT HEALTH MIGRANTS

684. Papal Documents - JP960806.HTM - Paul VI Generously Gave Himself to Christ
John Paul II

Holy Father celebrates Mass in Castel Gandolfo on the 18th anniversary of Pope Paul's death August 6, 1996.

685. Papal Documents - JP970303.HTM - Peaceful Solution Must Be Found to Tragedy in Great Lakes Region
John Paul II

I urgently renew my call for the fighting to cease. I keenly hope that the parties affected by the crisis in the Great Lakes region will lose no time in initiating dialogue and negotiation to find a peaceful solution to the tragic problems that exist, while respecting the principles of the inviolability of internationally recognized boundaries and of each State's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Holy Father said to the second group of Bishops from Zaire, who completed their ad limina visit on Monday, March3, 1997.

686. Papal Documents - JP960310.HTM - Penitential Fasting Is Therapy for the Soul
Pope John Paul II

Sunday Angelus - March 10, 1996

687. Papal Documents - JJP2PENT.HTM - Pentecost Homily
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday evening, 10 June 2000, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Vigil of Pentecost and the Jubilee Day of "reflection and prayer on the duties of Catholics towards others: proclamation of Christ, witness and dialogue". In his homily the Pope said that the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles "the necessary light and strength to teach the nations and to proclaim Christ's Gospel to them all." EVANGELIZ ECUMEN

688. Papal Documents - JP950517.HTM - Perseverance in Mission
Pope John Paul II

General Audience of May 17, 1995. The Pope continues his reflection on the missions. JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS MISSIONARIES EVANGELIZATION

689. Papal Documents - JP96BART.HTM - Persevere in Quest for Unity
John Paul II

Letter to His Holiness Bartholomew I Archbishop of Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarch dated on November 26, 1996.

690. Papal Documents - J961130B.HTM - Petrine Ministry Serves Unity of Faith
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Message of November 30, 1996 to the symposium sponsored by The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the theme: The Primacy of the Successor of Peter.

691. Papal Documents - JP2XADDR.HTM - Pilgrimage to Greece: Address to Holy Synod
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father speaks of the need for purification of memories, so that misunderstandings may no longer impede closer relations between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches. And so he expresses regret and asks the Lord's forgiveness for the sins of commission and omission committed by Catholics against the Orthodox, especially in the 13th century sack of Constantinople. CRUSADE ECUMEN EUROPE

692. Papal Documents - JJP2SINI.HTM - Pilgrimage to Mount Sinai: Arrival in Cairo
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's Jubilee pilgrimage to Mount Sinai began on 24 February, with arrival ceremonies at Cairo's international airport. After being greeted by President Hosni Mubarak, the Holy Father gave an address in English. EGYPT ISLAM COPT CATHERINE INTERRELIGIOUS

693. Papal Documents - JJP2SNEC.HTM - Pilgrimage to Mount Sinai: Ecumenical Meeting
Pope John Paul II

On 25 February, after Mass at the Sports Stadium in Cairo, and lunch with Patriarchs and Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy Father went to Our Lady of Egypt Catholic Cathedral for an Ecumenical Meeting with the leaders of the non-Catholic Churches and Ecclesial Communities of Egypt. The celebration was a Liturgy of the Word, in which the Pope gave an address in English. EGYPT BAPTISM MONASTIC PRIMACY COMMUNION

694. Papal Documents - JJP2EGMS.HTM - Pilgrimage To Mount Sinai: Holy Mass with the Catholics of Egypt
Pope John Paul II

On Friday morning, 25 February, the Holy Father went to Cairo's Sports Stadium to celebrate Mass with the people of Egypt. The Roman-rite liturgy was offered in French, with Scripture readings and hymns in Arabic and other languages. Concelebrating with the Pope were the Patriarchs present and the 15 Catholic Bishops of Egypt. After the Gospel was chanted in Arabic, the Holy Father preached the homily in French. UNITY JUBILEE PILGRIMAGE

695. Papal Documents - JP2PILGR.HTM - Pilgrimage to Places Linked to the History of Salvation
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father surveys the holy places of both Old and New Testaments, in anticipation of his own planned pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Great Jubilee. SACRED SPACE

696. Papal Documents - JP2PCHPC.HTM - Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care: 19th International Conference
Pope John Paul II

On 12 November [2004], in the Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the 19th International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. The Pope focused on the problem of suffering and the importance of alleviating pain, but made it quite clear that "all forms of euthanasia" must be avoided. DIGNITY MEDICINE SUFFERING AGGRESSIVE TREATMENT PALLIATIVE CARE CHAPLAINCIES

697. Papal Documents - JP2100TR.HTM - Pope Gratefully Reflects on 100 Trips Abroad
Pope John Paul II

On 12 June 2003, the Holy Father gave a special Audience to celebrate the 100 Apostolic Journeys he has made abroad. The Pope said that he had been stirred since the beginning of his Pontificate to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation," adding that he felt it his duty to meet the faithful, and like Peter "to build up and to consolidate the Church's vitality in fidelity to the Word and in service to the truth." EVANGELIZATION PAPACY ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

698. Papal Documents - JP2JP1.HTM - Pope John Paul I, Master of Clear Faith
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 27 August 2003, the Holy Father reflected on the spiritual legacy of Pope John Paul I, his humility and optimism, and the message of hope he left for the Church. PROGRESS

699. Papal Documents - JP2ATHIN.HTM - Pope John Paul II in Greece, Syria, and Malta (4-9 May 2001)
EWTN

A series of homilies and addresses delivered by Pope John Paul II on his pilgrimage to Athens, Damascus, and Malta "in the footsteps of St. Paul".

700. Papal Documents - JP2DIPCP.HTM - Pope John Paul II's Address To The Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul II

The Pope's annual address was given on January 9, 1995. He discussed trouble spots around the world, some of the mechanisms of international relations, the role of the UN and the Vatican's role in the 1994 Cairo conference. JOHN PAUL II DIPLOMAT UNITED NATIONS CAIRO EMBARGO

701. Papal Documents - JP2UKIND.HTM - Pope John Paul II's Trip to Ukraine
EWTN

The series of homilies and addresses given by the Holy Father to the bishops, priests, and people of Ukraine during his pastoral visit, 23-27 June 2001.

702. Papal Documents - JP831211.HTM - Pope John Paul Invites All to Work for Unity without Becoming Discouraged by Difficulties
John Paul II

Ecumenical meeting between Pope John Paul II and Rome's Lutheran Community on the afternoon of December 11, 1983.

703. Papal Documents - JP2REAG1.HTM - Pope Receives President of U.S.A., 1982
Pope John Paul II

On 7 June 1982, Pope John Paul II received a visit from the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who was accompanied by his wife Nancy and an official party including the Secretary of State and the President's Chief of Staff. In the Holy Father's address, he spoke of his earnest desire for world peace, and called for a "universal concept of the common good of the human family." See President's address. U.S.A. AMERICA FAMILY EUROPE

704. Papal Documents - JP2REAG2.HTM - Pope Receives President of U.S.A., 1987
Pope John Paul II

On 6 June 1987, the Holy Father received in audience Mr. Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America. In his address to the President, the Holy Father spoke of all mankind as a single human family, calling on all nations to collaborate for the common good of all. See President's address. AMERICA SOLIDARITY PROSPERITY

705. Papal Documents - JP2XMSCU.HTM - Pope's Christmas Address to Roman Curia
Pope John Paul II

In his Christmas Address to members of the Roman Curia, 22 December 1987, the Holy Father reflected on the first Day of Prayer at Assisi, which took place in 1987. All men, of whatever religion, have one origin and one goal, which is God, and one Savior, which is Christ. ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS PEACE UNITY PEOPLE OF GOD

706. Papal Documents - JP2POPUL.HTM - Population Conference Draft Document Criticized
Pope John Paul II

Talk given by Pope John Paul II during a March 18 meeting at the Vatican with Nafis Sadik, executive director of the U.N. Fund for Population Activities. The Pope criticizes a final draft document prepared for the September U.N. International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt. JOHN PAUL II POPULATION FAMILY UNITED NATIONS WOMEN

707. Papal Documents - JP2TB57.HTM - Positive Function of Purity of Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience 1 April 1981, the Holy Father gathered the main threads of his teaching on Theology of the Body, as based on the words of Christ on man's creation as male and female, and his warning against adultery in the heart. Lust can be displaced only by purity of heart, which, in the teaching of St. Paul, is a gift of the Holy Spirit. ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN COVENANT LUST TEMPERANCE PIETY

708. Papal Documents - JP2TB45.HTM - Power of Redeeming Completes Power of Creating
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 29 October 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on "adultery in the heart" by examining the three forms of lust ("of the flesh," "of the eyes," and the "pride of life") spoken of by St. John (1 Jn 2:15-16), in relation to the skewed pictures of man presented by Freud, Marx and Nietzsche. The truth of his humanity, the ability to love, is deeper than the three lusts. SEX MASCULINE FEMININE MANICHAEISM PSYCHOLOGY PSYCHOANALYSIS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

709. Papal Documents - JP2DZIDZ.HTM - Prayer at Dzidzernagapert Memorial
Pope John Paul II

On 26 September 2001, the Holy Father visited the Dzidzernagapert memorial in Yerevan, in honor of the 1.5 million Armenians who were killed in the early 20th century, and offered a moving prayer for the Armenian people. MARTYR GENOCIDE

710. Papal Documents - JP2QUNAY.HTM - Prayer at Qunaytra on the Golan Heights
Pope John Paul II

On Monday morning, 7 May 2001, after visiting the places of the Apostle Paul, the Holy Father traveled to Qunaytra, on the Golan Heights, where he offered this prayer in a Greek Orthodox church. PEACE SYRIA ISRAEL

711. Papal Documents - JP2STAUG.HTM - Prayer to Saint Augustine
Pope John Paul II

For the occasion of receiving the relics of St. Augustine, Father and Doctor of the Church, in Rome, in celebration of the 1650th anniversary of his birth, the Holy Father composed a prayer to the great Saint. PROVIDENCE ONE TRUTH CATHOLIC CHURCH

712. Papal Documents - JP970216.HTM - Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving Mark Church's Lenten Journey of Penitence
John Paul II

"The Church has set out towards Easter. It is a journey of penitence, or of deep review of our life", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on the First Sunday of Lent, February 16, 1997. The Pope recommended that during the Lenten season we "look to Mary in order to draw from her motherly gaze the courage of conversion. She knows our weakness, but she also knows the infinite resources of her divine Son's mercy".

713. Papal Documents - JP841003.HTM - Prayer, Penance & the Eucharist Are the Principal Sources of Spirituality for Married Couples
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1984. Ninth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae', this an outline for the spiritual life of married couples. JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE

714. Papal Documents - JP2TB121.HTM - Prayer, Penance and the Eucharist: Principal Sources of Spirituality for Married Couples
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 October 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of Humanae Vitae, showing the relationship between the "honest practice of fertility regulation" and the "Christian spirituality of the conjugal vocation and life." SACRAMENT MARRIAGE PEDAGOGY OF THE BODY

715. Papal Documents - JP2HT.HTM - Priesthood & Pastoral Care of the Family
Pope John Paul II

Holy Thursday letter to priests for 1994, given at the Vatican on March 13, released on March 22, 1994. HOLY THURSDAY PRIESTS FAMILY EUCHARIST JOHN PAUL II

716. Papal Documents - JP2CLERG.HTM - Priests are conformed to Christ the Head
Pope John Paul II

On 15 October 1998 the Holy Father addressed the plenary meeting of the Congregation for the Clergy on the sacramentality of the priest. CURIA

717. Papal Documents - JP970106.HTM - Proclaim Christ Light of All Peoples!
John Paul II

On 6 January, the Solemnity of Epiphany, the Holy Father ordained 12 Bishops in St Peter's Basilica, from 7 countries on 3 continents. "I like to think of you beside the Magi as you adore the King of peace, the Saviour of the world, and see the hand of the Child Jesus guided by that of his holy Mother in the act of blessing each one of you", the Pope said in his Italian language homily.

718. Papal Documents - JP961130.HTM - Program for Year 2000 Must Help Us Discover Glory of God Revealed in Christ
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Homily, Vespers, First Sunday of Advent November 30, 1996.

719. Papal Documents - JP2CONSI.HTM - Programme at the Closing of the Extraordinary Consistory
Pope John Paul II

On Ascension Thursday, 24 May 2001, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the Cardinals of the Extraordinary Consistory and gave a homily in which he repeated the programme of evangelization he continues to place before the Church in the opening years of the new millennium. He stressed the point that the contemplation of the Lord Jesus in his glorified humanity does not detach us from our earthly vocation, but confirms the reasons for living our witness and cooperating in re-shaping the world according to the mind of Christ. EVANGEL COLLEGIALITY GLOBALIZATION FAMILY

720. Papal Documents - JP1PROGR.HTM - Programme of Pope John Paul I
John Paul I

The Pope promised to continue the programme of his predecessor, Paul VI, steering a middle course between those who would overreach Vatican II and those who might be too hesitant in putting its "wise norms" into effect. ECUMENIC DISCIPLINE CANON EVANGELIZ FAMILY

721. Papal Documents - JP1LOVE.HTM - Progress in Love
Pope John Paul I

During the General Audience, on 27 September 1978, Pope John Paul I delivered an address on loving God, and our neighbor for His sake. WIFE POOR

722. Papal Documents - JJP2ABRM.HTM - Promises to Abraham Were Fulfilled in Christ
Pope John Paul II

On 23 February 2000, the Holy Father went to the Paul VI Hall for a Commemoration of Abraham, "Our Father in Faith", which took the form of a Liturgy of the Word. The Scripture readings recounted Abraham's genealogy, his call, God's covenant with him and his willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. During the service the Holy Father preached a homily on Abraham. COVENANT PILGRIMAGE

723. Papal Documents - JP2LEGES.HTM - Promulgation of the New Code of Canon Law
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution "Sacrae Disciplinae Leges" of January 25, 1983. JOHN PAUL CANON LAW CODE

724. Papal Documents - JP2TB58.HTM - Pronouncements of Magisterium Apply Christ's Words Today
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 8 April 1981, the Holy Father concluded his reflections on the words of Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, on adultery in the heart. These words are key to the Theology of the Body, which underlies the thinking of many recent magisterial pronouncements. PEDAGOGY MASCULINITY FEMININITY PERSON MARRIAGE FAMILY

725. Papal Documents - JP2TB49.HTM - Purity of Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 December 1980, the Holy Father completed his study of adultery in the heart with a consideration of purity of heart, and how the Lord distinguished this from mere ritual purity. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY HYGIENE SPIRIT

726. Papal Documents - JP2PENAN.HTM - Purpose and Benefits of Sacramental Penance
Pope John Paul II

The essential purpose of the Sacrament of Penance, the role of indulgences and the proper formation of future confessors were among the topics addressed by the Holy Father in a Message dated 20 March 1998 to Cardinal William W. Baum, Major Penitentiary. PENANCE RECONCILIATION CONFESSION

727. Papal Documents - JP2MEDIA.HTM - Pursue Your Study of Media Ethics
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday, 4 March, the Holy Father received the members, consultors and staff of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which was holding its plenary assembly in the Vatican. The Pope expressed his appreciation for all the Pontifical Council is doing to make the media aware of the character of the Jubilee as a 'year of favor of the Lord', and 'to ensure that the celebrations connected with the Jubilee will be broadcast as widely and effectively as possible.' He also encouraged the Council in its efforts to give ethical guidance to those involved in social communications. CATHOLIC MEDIA EVANGELISM

728. Papal Documents - JP2RAD.HTM - Radical Change of Mentality is Urgent
Pope John Paul II

In a letter addressed to the 33rd General Assembly of the Conference of Catholic International Organizations, held in Lebanon with the theme, "The eradication of poverty," the Holy Father urged them "energetically to promote a culture of solidarity and cooperation among peoples, in which everyone accepts his responsibilities to eradicate extreme poverty, a source of violence, bitterness and scandal". GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY

729. Papal Documents - johnxxiiiradio.htm - Radio Address concerning the Second Vatican Council
Pope John XXIII

On 11 September 1962 speaking on radio the Pope asked for prayer for the Second Vatican Council, sharing the following reflection on it. ECUMENICAL COUNCIL VATICAN II CATHOLIC CHURCH KINGDOM LIBERTY REGNUM DEI DOCTRINAL PASTORAL

730. Papal Documents - JP2RAPDV.HTM - Rapid Development
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II in a new apostolic letter calls the entire Church to a pastoral and cultural "revision" of its presence in and attitude toward the media. In the letter, made public 21 February 2005, the Pope says that ecclesial dynamism in the "global village" depends on this revision. The media, he observed, can be used "to proclaim the Gospel or to reduce it to silence within men's hearts." INTER MIRIFICA EVANGELIZATION CULTURE PERSON FAMILY

731. Papal Documents - JP960423.HTM - Reaffirm the Culture of Life!
John Paul II

The Holy Father's message to those attending an international congress held in Rome on 22-24 April sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Bioethics Institute of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, and the Pontifical Athenaeum for the anniversary of the Encyclical written on April 23, 1996.

732. Papal Documents - JP2TB26.HTM - Real Significance of Original Nakedness
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 May 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body, explaining the nakedness of man after the fall as not merely physical. "...this man was deprived of the supernatural and preternatural gifts which were part of his endowment before sin. Furthermore, he suffered a loss in what belongs to his nature itself, to humanity in the original fullness of the image of God." SIN SHAME GRACE

733. Papal Documents - JP2TB44.HTM - Realization of the Value of the Body According to the Plan of the Creator
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 22 October 1980, the Holy Father clarified the meaning of lust, in his catechesis on Theology of the Body. Christ warned against lusting after a woman, not to condemn the body as evil (Manichaeism), but to condemn the devaluation of the body in its nuptial meaning, i.e., the manifestation of communion in spirit. MASCULINITY FEMININITY SEX CONCUPISCENCE ADULTERY

734. Papal Documents - JP2P10P6.HTM - Recalling Two Great Pontiffs
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 6 August 2003, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father recalled two great Popes: St Pius X, "invincible champion of the Church", who was elected Pope 100 years ago on 4 August 1903, and Paul VI, "an authentic witness of Christ Our Lord, in love with the Church and ever perceptive in interpreting the signs of the times". DEATH TRANSFIGURATION

735. Papal Documents - JP970214.HTM - Reclaim every human being's right to life
John Paul II

"The historic and pressing moment has come to take a decisive step for civilization and the authentic welfare of peoples: the necessary step to reclaim the full human dignity and the right to life of every human being from the first instant of life and throughout the whole prenatal stage", the Holy Father said on Friday, February 14, 1997, to members of the Pontifical Academy for Life who were holding their plenary assembly. The Pope went on to say: "This objective, to restore human dignity to prenatal life, demands a joint and unbiased effort of interdisciplinary reflection, together with an indispensable renewal of law and politics".

736. Papal Documents - JP950726.HTM - Recognize the Importance of Prayer
Pope John Paul II

July 26, 1995

737. Encyclicals - JP2REDEM.HTM - Redeemer of Man
Pope John Paul II

Redemptor Hominis. Promulgated on March 4, 1979. John Paul seeks to recall and reawaken in us in a special way our awareness of the key truth of faith which Saint John expressed at the beginning of his Gospel: 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.' JOHN PAUL II ENCYCLICAL REDEMPTION MAN APOSTOLATE UNITY MISSION FREEDOM TRUTH

738. Papal Documents - JP970127.HTM - Rediscover Law as Interpersonal Reality
John Paul II

"Putting the person at the centre of the civilization of love does not exclude the law, but instead demands it, leading to a rediscovery of law as an interpersonal reality and to a vision of juridical institutions that highlights their constitutive link with persons themselves, which is so essential in the case of marriage and the family", the Holy Father said on Monday, January 27, 1997, to the Prelate Auditors and officials of the Roman Rota, as he received them in audience for the opening of the judicial year. In his annual talk to the tribunal the Pope focused on the juridical effects of a personalist conception of marriage.

739. Papal Documents - JP2TB60.HTM - Reflections on the Ethos of the Human Body in Works of Artistic Culture
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 22 April 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, examining the implications of exposure of the human body in artistic culture for the mutual donation of husband and wife. SHAME NUDITY LUST OBJECTIVIZATION PORNOGRAPHY

740. Papal Documents - JP2PIO2.HTM - Regina Coeli - Padre Pio Beatification
Pope John Paul II

On 2 May 1999, after the Mass of Beatification for Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the Holy Father offered the Regina Coeli, the Marian Anthem for Easter Season, and spoke of the new Blessed and prayed for those suffering in the war in Kosovo. For more information on this humble Capuchin friar, see our Padre Pio mini-site.

741. Papal Documents - J961215.HTM - Rejoice, the Lord is near
John Paul II

"Advent is the liturgical season that prepares us for the Lord's birth, but it is also the time of expectation for the ,definitive return of Christ", the Holy Father said in the homily he preached at the Roman parish of Our Lady of Valme on Sunday, 15 December 1996, the Third Sunday of Advent.

742. Papal Documents - J2TB94.HTM - Relationship of Christ to the Church Connected With the Tradition of the Prophets
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 22 September 1982, the Holy Father, in light of Ephesians 5, compared the relationship of Christ with His Church to the relationship, described by the Old Testament Prophets, of God with Israel. Whereas, in Isaiah, God is Israel's spouse as her Maker, in Ephesians, Christ is the Church's spouse as her Redeemer. PROPHECY MARRIAGE REDEMPTION

743. Papal Documents - JP2TB28.HTM - Relationship of Lust to Communion of Persons
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He examined the radical transformation wrought by lust and shame in the original relationship between the first man and woman. MASCULINITY FEMININITY SEX COMMUNION ORIGINAL SIN

744. Papal Documents - JP960218.HTM - Relativism Is Not Basis of Religious Freedom
Pope John Paul II

Angelus Message, February 18, 1996 Reprinted with permission from *L'Osservatore Romano*, English edition, February 21, 1996, p. 1.

745. Papal Documents - JP97124N.HTM - Remain Part of the Local Church's Life
John Paul II

The history of the Neocatechumenal Way "belongs to that blossoming of movements and ecclesial groups which is one of the most beautiful fruits of the spiritual renewal begun by the Second Vatican Council"', the Holy Father told members of the Neocatechumenal Way when he received them in audience on January 24, 1997, and congratulated them on the spread of their movement.

746. Papal Documents - JP960221.HTM - Remember You Are Dust
Pope John Paul II

Ash Wednesday Homily, February 21, 1996. Reprinted with permission from *L'Osservatore Romano*, English edition, February 28, 1996, p. 1.

747. Papal Documents - JP961028.HTM - Renewed Biblical Catechesis Will Lead to A More Incisive Promotion of Vocations
John Paul II

Message for 34th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 20, 1997. Written and dated October 28, 1996.

748. Papal Documents - JP841121.HTM - Repect for the Work of God
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of November 21, 1984. Outline of conjugal spirituality. Fourteenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONJUGAL CONTINENCE SPIRITUALITY

749. Papal Documents - JP97212.HTM - Repent and believe in the Gospel
John Paul II

"In this Lenten season, Jesus calls us to follow him on the way that leads him to Jerusalem to be sacrificed on the Cross. 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me' (Lk 9:23). Of course, this is a demanding and difficult invitation, but it can unleash the creative power of love in those who accept it", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of February 12, 1997, as he reflected on Ash Wednesday and the meaning of the Lenten season.

750. Papal Documents - JP2ORDIN.HTM - Reserving Priestly Ordination
Pope John Paul II

'Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone' ('Ordinatio Sacerdotalis'), dated 22 May 1994 and released to the public on May 29th. This is an infallible pronouncement stating that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women. ORDINATION WOMEN FEMALE PRIESTHOOD INFALLIBLE

751. Papal Documents - JP2TB127.HTM - Respect for the Work of God
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 November 1984, the Holy Father traced an outline of conjugal spirituality, based on the teaching of Humanae Vitae. He explained the gift of piety, respect for the work of God, with particular reference to the significance of the conjugal act, "its dignity and the consequent serious responsibility connected with it." CONCUPISCENCE HOLY SPIRIT FEMININITY MASCULINITY CHASTITY

752. Papal Documents - JP950630.HTM - Respond Generously to Christ's Call
Pope John Paul II

June 30, 1995 The Holy Father invites young people of Slovakia to welcome a priestly or religious vocation. JOHN PAUL II SLOVAKIA YOUTH

753. Papal Documents - JP2TB116.HTM - Responsible Parenthood
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 1 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his analysis of Humanae Vitae in light of Gaudium et Spes, underlining the principle that, while responsible parenthood follows the dictates of conscience, conscience must conform to the "objective moral order instituted by God." PROCREATION

754. Papal Documents - JP840801.HTM - Responsible Parenthood
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 1, 1984. Treats 'responsible parenthood' in the light of 'Gaudium et spes' and 'Humanae vitae.' Fourth in a series. JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE GUADIUM ET SPES MARRIAGE PARENT

755. Papal Documents - JP840905.HTM - Responsible Parenthood Linked To Moral Maturity
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on September 5, 1984. Eighth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTRACEPTION CONJUGAL REGULATION

756. Papal Documents - JP2TB120.HTM - Responsible Parenthood Linked to Moral Maturity
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 5 September 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the Church's teaching on natural regulation of fertility, in light of Humanae Vitae and Familiaris Consortio. It is the ethical dimension, in the virtue of temperance, that prevents this method from becoming just another form of contraception. LANGUAGE OF THE BODY SELF-DENIAL

757. Papal Documents - JP2TB108.HTM - Return to the Subject of Human Love in the Divine Plan
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 23 May 1984, the Holy Father (after a hiatus devoted to reflections on the Holy Year) resumed his treatment of the topic of human love in the divine plan. He began an analysis of the Song of Songs, situating it within the tradition of marital love reaching back to Genesis. It is the sign of the covenant made by God with man in the beginning. LANGUAGE OF THE BODY MASCULINITY FEMININITY SACRAMENT BEAUTY

758. Papal Documents - JP2TB13A.HTM - Revelation and Discovery of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 9 January 1980, the Holy Father explained the "nuptial meaning" of the body as first experienced by Adam and Eve. Man, both male and female, realizes his essence only in living with and for someone else. The possibility of this mutual self-gift is manifested in the bodies of male and female, which gives them their nuptial meaning. HAPPINESS SEX BODY PERSON MASCULINITY FEMININITY FERTILITY COMMUNION

759. Papal Documents - JP951105.HTM - Revelation Invites Us to Communion and Life
Pope John Paul II

Angelus Message on Vatican II Document 'Dei Verbum', 11/5/95

760. Papal Documents - JP2TB88.HTM - Reverence for Christ the Basis of Relationship Between Spouses
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, by examining more closely the right relationship between husband and wife as described in the fifth chapter of the Letter to the Ephesians. PIETAS SUBORDINATION

761. Papal Documents - JP2RTCON.HTM - Rights of Conscience Must Be Defended
Pope John Paul II

Homily given on May 22, 1995 at Mass celebrated in front of a chapel dedicated to St. Jan Sarkander and located at the edge of Skoczow, Poland. JOHN PAUL II SARKANDER POLAND CONSCIENCE

762. Papal Documents - JP2ROSAR.HTM - Rosarium Virginis Mariae
Pope John Paul II

In an Apostolic Letter marking the 24th anniversary of his pontificate, Pope John Paul II examined the history and meaning of the Rosary. He proclaimed a Year of the Rosary (October 2002- October 2003) for world peace and the family, and encouraged meditation on five additional mysteries, called "luminous" (to be prayed on Thursdays). PRAYER CHRIST MARY DE MONTFORT CONTEMPLATION GOSPEL SCRIPTURE

763. Papal Documents - JP960709.HTM - Rose-Virginie Pelletier founded her faith on Jesus Christ as on a rock
John Paul II

To mark the second centenary of the birth of Rose-Virginie Pelletier, in religion, Mother Maria of St. Euphrasia, foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, the Holy Father addressed this letter, written on July 9, 1996, to Mother Liliane Tauvette, Superior General, illustrating the character of the foundress.

764. Papal Documents - JP2CARDI.HTM - Sacred College of Cardinals, a Sign of Universality
Pope John Paul II

In his first audience as Pope, 18 October 1978, John Paul II received the members of the Sacred College of Cardinals. After the address of homage by Cardinal Confalonieri, the Dean of the College, His Holiness spoke to them, reminding them of their oath to the Pope of faithfulness "unto the shedding blood." He spoke also of the universality of the Church reflected in the ethnic diversity of the College. PAPACY BISHOPS

765. Papal Documents - JP2TB91.HTM - Sacredness of the Human Body and Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 1 September 1982, the Holy Father infers the sacredness of the human body from the analogy of love in Ephesians 5, between Christ for His Church and a husband for his wife. HOLINESS CONJUGAL LOVE

766. Papal Documents - JP2MORE.HTM - Saint Thomas More Patron of Statesmen and Politicians
Pope John Paul II

This Apostolic Letter, Motu Proprio (written on his own initiative) is a response to the request of "several Heads of State and of Government, numerous political figures, and some Episcopal Conferences and individual Bishops," that he proclaim Saint Thomas More the Patron of Statesmen and Politicians. MARTYR HENRY VIII ANGLICAN

767. Papal Documents - JP2SALVI.HTM - Salvifici Doloris
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter On the Christian Meaning of Suffering Issued on February 11, 1984. This reflection is a meditation on the mystery of suffering. John Paul expresses a special respect for every form of human suffering and builds upon the deepest need of the human heart and the imperative of faith. JOB SICK AGED INFIRM HOSPITAL MINISTRY DEATH ISAIAH CROSS SIN RESURRECTION CHURCH PRAYER FORGIVENESS

768. Papal Documents - JP970111.HTM - Science Serves Humanity Only When It Is Joined to Conscience
John Paul II

"I address an appeal to all your colleagues in the various fields of scientific investigation: Make every effort to respect the primacy of ethics in your work; always be concerned with the moral implications of your methods and your discoveries. It is my prayer that scientists will never forget that the cause of humanity is authentically served only if knowledge is joined to conscience", the Holy Father said on January 11, 1997, as he spoke to those attending the International Conference on Space Research recently held at the University of Padua, Italy.

769. Papal Documents - JPTHESAU.HTM - Scripturarum Thesaurus
John Paul II

On 25 April 25 1979, Pope John Paul II promulgated the editio typica of the Latin Vulgate by means of the Apostolic Constitution The Treasure of the Scriptures. The Nova Vulgata, now current in the editio typica altera of 1998, has taken on new importance owing to the publication of the liturgical translation norms Liturgiam Authenticam, which establishes it as "normally to be consulted as an auxiliary tool ... in order to maintain the tradition of interpretation that is proper to the Latin Liturgy" (LA 24) and to determine "the delineation of the canonical text ... the underlying textual tradition, the order of verses, or similar factors" (LA 37). LITURGY BIBLE SCRIPTURE LATIN VULGATE CANON

770. Papal Documents - JP970212.HTM - Seek Deep Intimacy with the Lord
John Paul II

"Authentic conversion implies doing all those works which belong to the Lenten season: almsgiving, prayer and fasting However, these must not be performed only as an external fulfilment, but as the expression of an intimate encounter, to a certain extent unknown to men, with God himself. Conversion involves a new discovery of God", the Holy Father said on Ash Wednesday, February 12, 1997, during the Mass celebrated at the Roman Basilica of St. Sabina on the Aventine Hill. The Pope presided at the liturgy and preached the homily.

771. Papal Documents - JP961109.HTM - Seek to be active in life of your local Church
John Paul II

To Catholic Charismatics, Pope John Paul II, November 9, 1996, message to participants in the Seventh International Meeting of the Catholic Fraternity of Covenant Communities and Fellowships.

772. Papal Documents - JP2NWCM.HTM - Seminar on Movements and New Communities
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses Cardinals and Bishops on discerning and guiding authentic charisms by which new movements and communities are inspired. The message is dated 18 June 1999. ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS THIRD MILLENNIUM

773. Papal Documents - JP2BVM70.HTM - Separated Brethren Also Honour Mary
Pope John Paul II

It is a source of great joy "that among the separated brethren too there are those who give due honour to the Mother of our Lord and Saviour", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 12 November 1997. This was the 70th and last of the series on Our Lady. For the series, see Index Page. ORTHODOX ANGLICANS PROTESTANTS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ASSUMPTION

774. Papal Documents - JP2TB33.HTM - Sermon on the Mount to the Men of Our Day
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 August 1980, the Holy Father, continuing his catechesis on Theology of the Body, examined the the "hardness of heart," which all men share with Our Lord's auditors, and its connection with the three-fold lust which is our heritage from Adam. ADULTERY ORIGINAL SIN

775. Papal Documents - JP2LITHU.HTM - Sescentesima Anniversaria
Pope John Paul II

For the sixth century celebration of the "Baptism" of Lithuania, Pope John Paul II wrote an Apostolic Letter, issued 5 June 1987, summarizing the history of the Catholic Church in their country, recalling their spiritual heroes, and entrusting their "heritage of faith" to God. EUROPE EVANGELIZATION TRENT

776. Papal Documents - JP96821.HTM - Show Concern for Plight of Migrants
John Paul II

Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 1997 given on August 21, 1996.

777. Papal Documents - JP2BVM39.HTM - Simeon Is Open to the Lord's Action
John Paul II

At the General Audience of 11 December 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the mystery of Jesus' Presentation in the temple and the significance of Simeon's prophetic words. "In the episode of the Presentation we can glimpse the meeting of Israel's hope with the Messiah. We can also see in it a prophetic sign of man's encounter with Christ." This was the 39th of the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. LAW PURIFICATION POVERTY PURITY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MEDIATRIX BENEDICTUS

778. Papal Documents - JP961211.HTM - Simeon Is Open to the Lord's Action
John Paul II

The Holy Father's General Audience of December 11, 1996.

779. Encyclicals - JP2SLAV.HTM - Slavorum Apostoli
Pope John Paul II

The encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II on the Apostles to the Slavs, Saints Cyril and Methodius, on the occasion of the the eleventh centenary of their evangelization work (2 June 1985). SLAVIC BYZANTINE RUSSIA POLAND RUTHENIA SLOVAKIA MORAVIA SLAVONIC PATRONS EUROPE

780. Papal Documents - JP950705.HTM - Slovaks Endured Relentless Persecution
Pope John Paul II

General Audience July 5, 1995

781. Papal Documents - JP95723B.HTM - Society and Church Need Genius of Woman
Pope John Paul II

July 23, 1995.

782. Papal Documents - JP950615.HTM - Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Pope John Paul II

June 15, 1995 JOHN PAUL II CORPUS CHRISTI EUCHARIST

783. Papal Documents - JJP2EPIP.HTM - Solemnity of the Epiphany
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father speaks of the Wise Men, who brought their gifts to the new-born Christ, as representing all the peoples of the world. "All the peoples of the earth will adore you, O Lord!" This is a prophecy of the future, the final Epiphany, when Christ will return in glory. But it is a prophecy fulfilled by degrees. "Was not the Great Jubilee a kind of epiphany?" the Pope asks. HOLY DOOR MILLENNIUM ICON

784. Papal Documents - JP2SPNYU.HTM - Spain, 3 May: Address to Youth
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 3 May 2003, the first day of his visit to Spain, the Holy Father met with young people from all over the world, including young soldiers, at the Air Base of Cuatro Vientos in Madrid. He called on the youth of the world to be fearless disciples of Jesus as they live his message of hope each day. MARY ROSARY INTERIORITY CONTEMPLATION EVANGELIZATION

785. Papal Documents - JP2SPRDO.HTM - Spiritus Domini
Pope John Paul II

For the bicentenary of the death of St Alphonsus de' Liguori, 1 August 1987, the Holy Father addressed an Apostolic Letter in honor of this great Bishop, Saint, and Doctor of the Church, to the Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, of which St Alphonsus was the founder. REDEMPTORISTS EVANGELIZATION MORAL THEOLOGY RIGORISM LIBERTY AESCETICAL SPIRITUAL SCRIPTURE MAGISTERIUM POOR

786. Encyclicals - JP2VER.HTM - Splendor of the Truth
Pope John Paul II

'Veritatis Splendor' Promulgated August 6, 1993, (Transfiguration). On Certain Fundamental Questions of the Church's Moral Teaching. Reaffirms widely-attacked moral teachings of the Church and condemns dissent. CONTENTS: (1) 'Teacher, What Good Must I Do?'; (2) 'Do Not Be Conformed to the World' (Freedom & Law, Conscience & Truth, Fundamental Choice and Specific Kinds of Behavior, and the Moral Act); (3) 'Lest the Cross of Christ Be Emptied of its Power.'

787. Papal Documents - JP2TB47.HTM - Spontaneity: The Mature Result of Conscience
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 November 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the notion that subjection of an erotic attraction to an ethical form deprives it of its spontaneity. EROS ETHOS ADULTERY LUST MASCULINITY FEMININITY MARRIAGE SEX

788. Papal Documents - JP96D21.HTM - Spread Forgiveness and You Will Become Peacemakers
John Paul II

On December 21, 1996, the Holy Father addressed a representative group of young members of Catholic Action and exchanged Christmas greetings with them. He urged them to live and spread forgiveness and thus become peacemakers in their own surroundings.

789. Papal Documents - JP2FAUST.HTM - Sr Faustina: God's Gift to Our Time
Pope John Paul II

On 30 April 2000, thousands of pilgrims filled St Peter's Square for the solemn Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II for the canonization of Sr Mary Faustina Kowalska, a 20th-century Polish religious known as the apostle of Divine Mercy. DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

790. Papal Documents - JP2TB90.HTM - St Paul's Analogy of the Union of Head and Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 25 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, by further examination of Ephesians 5. He focussed attention on the analogy of head and body, as analogous to both the Christ-Church relationship and the husband-wife relationship. ECCLESIOLOGY MARRIAGE BAPTISM

791. Papal Documents - JP2TB54.HTM - St. Paul's Description of the Body and Teaching on Purity
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 February 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining St. Paul's teaching on the body from 1 Corinthians 12. The human body is more than the sum of its biological characteristics. It is permeated by the "whole reality of the person and of his dignity." SHAME INNOCENCE HONOUR HONOR

792. Papal Documents - JP2TB53.HTM - St. Paul's Teaching on the Sanctity and Respect of the Human Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 January 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining St. Paul's teaching on purity, in 1 Thessalonians 4, that we should control our bodies in holiness and honor. CHASTITY LUST TEMPERANCE

793. Papal Documents - JJP2STA.HTM - Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum
Pope John Paul II

On Good Friday, 2000, the Holy Father presided over the Stations of the Cross in the Colosseum, recalling principal moments of Christ's passion, following meditations written by the Holy Father himself. TRIDUUM LITURGY

794. Papal Documents - JP2STELL.HTM - Stella Maris
Pope John Paul II

The purpose of this Apostolic Letter, given Motu Proprio (of the Pope's own volition) on 31 January 1997, was to organize the Church's apostolate to "people of the sea," i.e., "people involved in commercial shipping and in fishing, as well as their families, port personnel and all who travel by sea." The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People was to "foster cooperation and reciprocal coordination of projects among Episcopal Conferences and local Ordinaries." MARITIME SEAFARERS CANON LAW

795. Papal Documents - JP961013.HTM - Suffering Is Also God's Gift
John Paul II

The Holy Father's reflection on October 13, 1996, given before praying the Angelus.

796. Papal Documents - JP2ORSIN.HTM - Summary of Pope John Paul II's Catechesis on Original Sin
Pope John Paul II

Given at weekly public audiences, September 8 through October 8, 1986. JOHN PAUL II ORIGINIAL SIN ADAM EVE GENESIS BIBLE

797. Papal Documents - JP2RACIS.HTM - Sunday Angelus: 26 August 2001
Pope John Paul II

Before the midday Angelus, the Holy Father condemned racism, aggressive nationalism, and ethnic violence, as offenses against God, because they are attacks on the human family. RACE DIGNITY PERSON SOLIDARITY

798. Papal Documents - JP2JA2.HTM - Sunday Angelus: Children's Jubilee
Pope John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on 2 January 2000, the Holy Father greeted the children and voting people gathered in St Peter's Square for the Children's Jubilee, expressing his joy at meeting them and urging them to make friends with Jesus and to spread his word. EVANGELIZATION

799. Papal Documents - jp2angafjub.htm - Sunday Angelus: Jubilee of Armed Forces and Police
Pope John Paul II

After celebrating Mass in St Peter's Square [19 November 2000] for thousands of members of the armed forces and the police from many countries, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus, expressing his appreciation for their work and his awareness of the difficulties they and their families encounter. SOLDIERS PEACE DEFENSE DEFENCE

800. Papal Documents - JP2MTERS.HTM - Sunday Angelus: On Mother Teresa
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father paid homage to Mother Teresa, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, before reciting the Angelus on 7 September 1997, two days after her death. He praised her devotion to life and the family, and especially her life-long service to the poorest of the poor. MISSIONARIES LIFE

801. Papal Documents - JP2JA9.HTM - Sunday Homily: Baptism of the Lord
Pope John Paul II

On 9 January 2000, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel and administered the sacrament of Baptism to 18 infants from Italy, Brazil, Spain, the United States and Switzerland. The Pope asked the faithful to give thanks to the Lord for the gift of these young lives and even more for the gift of their spiritual birth, as he urged their parents and godparents to be examples "of solid faith, of deep prayer and of active involvement in the Church's life". FAMILY CATECHESIS JUBILEE

802. Papal Documents - JP2TB76.HTM - Superiority of Continence Does Not Devalue Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, addressing the superiority of continence. It is superior to marriage, not based not on any devaluation of sexuality or of the human body, but on the motive for which continence is chosen, viz., the kingdom of heaven. CELIBACY VIRGINITY MANICHEISM

803. Papal Documents - JP2PLIUM.HTM - Symbol of Communion With the Church of Rome
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father speaks on the tradition of the pallium, conferred by Popes on Metropolitan Archbishops. ST. PETER ST. PAUL LAMB

804. Papal Documents - JP2CARSM.HTM - Symposium of Cardinals: Holy Father's Closing Address
Pope John Paul II

On 18 October 2003, John Paul II addressed the 128 Cardinals and 4 Patriarchs, as well as the 59 Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences from the five continents of the world, on the occasion of the close of the Symposium organized by the College of Cardinals for his 25th Anniversary as Pope. PAPACY POOR HOLINESS EVANGELIZATION

805. Papal Documents - JP2HPOC.HTM - Take Holy Pride in Being Other Christs
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Fourth International Meeting of Priests, held in the Holy Land, the Holy Father bases fidelity to their identity as priests on their answer to the question of Our Lord, "Who do men say that I am?" PRIESTHOOD PRESBYTERATE EUCHARIST VOCATIONS

806. Papal Documents - JP2F1795.HTM - Talk to National Bishops
Pope John Paul II

Conference of Brazil' Given by Pope John Paul II on February 17, 1995. The Holy Father exhorts the Bishops to make the pastoral care of the family a priority. JOHN PAUL II BRAZIL FAMILY LIFE MARRIAGE MOTHERHOOD

807. Papal Documents - JP2TDEUM.HTM - Te Deum for the End of Year
Pope John Paul II

In his homily on Friday evening, 31 December 1999 in St Peter's Basilica, during the celebration of First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and of the Te Deum for the end of year, the Holy Father asked the faithful taking part to "thank God for all that has happened this year, this century and this millennium". TIME JUBILEE HISTORY

808. Papal Documents - JP2FAMTV.HTM - Television and the Family: Guidelines for Good Viewing
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's message for 1994 World Communications Day. JOHN PAUL II TELEVISION MEDIA FAMILY

809. Papal Documents - JP970228.HTM - Tell the World of Jubilee's True Meaning
John Paul II

At the end of a century of extraordinary progress but also of terrible human tragedy, the proclamation of Jesus Christ—the same yesterday, today and forever (cf. Heb 13:8)—is not only a duty of obedience to a Gospel command but also the only sure means of responding to the urgent need for moral and spiritual discernment, without which individual lives and the social order itself are enveloped by arbitrariness and confusion, the Holy Father said on Friday, February 28, 1997 to the members, consultors and staff of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications when he received them in audience at the conclusion of their annual plenary assembly. The Pope spoke of the need to preach Christ as the Way the Truth and the Life, particularly to the next generation.

810. Papal Documents - JP2CRDMS.HTM - Tend the Flock and Be Examples to It
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday, 22 February 2001, the feast of St Peter's Chair, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square with the new Cardinals he had created the day before. During the liturgy the Pope presented each of the prelates with a ring as a sign of their dignity and communion with the See of Peter. His homily stressed the Petrine ministry. PAPACY UNITY

811. Papal Documents - JP960913.HTM - Thank God for the Rich Harvest of Priestly and Religious Vocations
John Paul II

Ad Limina Apostolorum: Bishops' Conference of Indonesia-- September 13, 1996.

812. Papal Documents - JP97125.HTM - Thank God for Unity of Faith in Christ!
John Paul II

"Your visit, Holiness, is in keeping with our common will to advance on the way to perfect communion between the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Catholic Church", the Holy Father said to His Holiness Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians whom he received in audience on Saturday, January 25, 1997. The Pope also recommended "the translation of the extensive writings of the Armenian tradition into other languages".

813. Encyclicals - JP2UTUNU.HTM - That They May Be One
Pope John Paul II

'Ut Unum Sint' Promulgated on May 25, 1995. The Holy Father calls for a new discussion of the authority and ministry of the pope. He says that the unity of all Christians is God's will and is at the heart of the mission Christ entrusted to His followers. The Pope ends with a call to 'everyone to renew their commitment to work for full and visible communion' and with a specific exhortation to the world's Catholic bishops 'to be especially mindful' of their m

814. Papal Documents - JP960428.HTM - The Apostles Experience of the Risen Christ Is Entirely Credible
John Paul II

Angelus Message of April 28, 1996.

815. Papal Documents - JP2TB87.HTM - The Call to Be Imitators of God and to Walk in Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his examination of the fifth chapter of Ephesians as part of his ongoing catechesis on theology of the body. The prescriptions for family relationships should be understood in light of the Apostle's teaching on the Christian vocation. WIVES HUSBANDS CHILDREN SLAVES SERVANTS MASTERS

816. Papal Documents - JP1EVANG.HTM - The Challenge of Evangelization
Pope John Paul I

On the morning of 28 September 1978, his last day on earth Pope John Paul I received Cardinal Julio Rosales Archbishop of Cebu, with a group of Bishops from the Philippines who were making their "ad limina" visit. This is the Holy Father's address. MISSION CATECHIST

817. Papal Documents - JP1FAML.HTM - The Christian Family: a Community of Love
Pope John Paul I

On 21 September 1978, Pope John Paul I received in Audience the Archbishops and Bishops of the U.S. Twelfth Pastoral Region, on the occasion of their ad limina visit. CATECHIS MARRIAGE PRAYER

818. Papal Documents - JP2ANNIV.HTM - The Church at the Service of Humanity
Pope John Paul II

On 9 May 2003, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, the Holy Father spoke to the participants of the International Congress that celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Holy Father's election as Pope. He reminded participants that the truth about man stirs enthusiasm in all who long to encounter Christ, moving them to seek new ways to evangelize culture. PERSON EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION UNIVERSITY

819. Papal Documents - JP2COMPU.HTM - The Church Must Learn To Cope With Computer Culture
Pope John Paul II

Statement issued by Pope John Paul II in connection with World Communications Day, May 27, 1989. JOHN PAUL II COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

820. Papal Documents - JP960828.HTM - The Church Presents Mary as 'Ever Virgin'
John Paul II

Mary's perpetual virginity was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of August 28, 1996.

821. Papal Documents - JP2BVM31.HTM - The Church Presents Mary as Ever Virgin
Pope John Paul II

Mary's perpetual virginity was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 28 August 1996. The most ancient texts and the early Christians, the Pope said, confirm that the Church has always professed the belief that Mary never ceased to be a virgin. This was the 31st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. AEIPARTHENOS BROTHERS OF JESUS

822. Papal Documents - JP840822.HTM - The Church's Position on the Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 22, 1984. Sixth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE CONJUGAL CONTRACEPTIVE

823. Papal Documents - JP2DIPLC.HTM - The Church's Service to Humanity
Pope John Paul II

On 20 October 1978, the Holy Father John Paul II first received in audience, in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. He asked that Christians citizens in their countries, "without any special privilege but in all justice, ... may nourish their faith, ensure religious worship, and be admitted, as loyal citizens, to full participation in social life." STATE NATIONS GOVERNMENTS

824. Papal Documents - JP2VITA.HTM - The Consecrated Life
Pope John Paul II

'Vita Consecrata' Apostolic Exhortation given on March 25, 1996.

825. Papal Documents - JP2CROSS.HTM - The Cross Illumines All Human Life
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 29 May, the Holy Father received the administrators, faculty, staff and students of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on the occasion of the athenaeum's 15th anniversary of its foundation. In his address the Pope said that the university's purpose is "to seek and promote the truth with intellectual honesty and respect for Revelation". He recommended the guidance of St Thomas Aquinas, in whose thinking "the demands of reason and the power of faith found the most elevated synthesis ever attained by human thought." PHILOSOPHY BL JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS ST AUGUSTINE

826. Papal Documents - JP960331.HTM - The Cross of Christ Is the World's Hope
John Paul II

Holy Father celebrates Palm Sunday liturgy for 11th World Youth Day, March 31, 1996

827. Papal Documents - JP2CUR.HTM - The Cure of Ars
Pope John Paul II

Promulgated in 1986. John Paul II's message to priests about the Cure of Ars. PRIESTS JOHN VIANNEY CURE OF ARS JOHN PAUL II

828. Papal Documents - JP790429.HTM - The Dignity of Woman and Her Mission
John Paul II

Talk given on the evening of 29 April 1979 by the Holy Father when he received in audience 5,000 members of the Italian Professional Association of Family Collaborators on the occasion of their tenth national congress.

829. Papal Documents - JP900101.HTM - The Ecological Crisis, A Common Responsibility
Pope John Paul II

World Day of Peace, January 1, 1990.

830. Papal Documents - JP2BA1IN.HTM - The Ecumentical Patriarch's Visit to the Holy Father - 2004
Pope John Paul II & Patriarch Bartholomew I

The Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, "first among equals" in the Orthodox Church, arrived in Rome, 28 June 2004, with his delegation. An exchange of delegations for the feast of St. Andrew in Constantinople, Nov. 30, and for Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome, June 29, has become a tradition, reflecting a desire in both Churches for reunion after 900 years of separation. Our index page includes a Common Declaration signed by the Holy Father and the Ecumenical Patriarch, and addresses by both, praising the occasion and expressing hope for the future. ECUMENISM DIALOGUE UNITY COMMUNION PAPACY PAUL VI ATHANAGORAS I PALLIUM EUROPE

831. Papal Documents - JP2TB75.HTM - The Effective and Privileged Way of Continence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 31 March 1982, the Holy Father continued his talks on celibacy/virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Marriage is not depreciated, but continence has an exceptional value, when chosen with a supernatural motive. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

832. Papal Documents - JP961222.HTM - The Future of a People Can Never Be Founded on Violence
John Paul II

"Let us learn lovingly to repeat the Holy Name of Jesus, especially during this first year of the triennium of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000!", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on December 22, 1996, as he meditated on the Holy Name of Jesus and the Gospel of the Annunciation.

833. Papal Documents - JP2GDPOP.HTM - The Good Pope
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 4 June 2003, in St Peter's Square, the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis was Blessed Pope John XXIII, whom he beatified in 2000. He recalled Pope John's Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris, in which every believer was invited to bear witness to God's great gift of peace before the world.

834. Papal Documents - JP2TB31.HTM - The Heart a Battlefield Between Love and Lust
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 23 July 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. After the fall, human sexuality was marked by a certain "coercion of the body," which subverts the expression of the spirit seeking the communion of persons, male and female, through a mutual gift of self. "The more lust dominates the heart, the less the heart experiences the nuptial meaning of the body." CONCUPISCENCE

835. Papal Documents - JP2TB59.HTM - The Human Body, Subject of Works of Art
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 15 April 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, laying groundwork for a consideration of the human body in aesthetic experience, and how it relates to Our Lord's warning against looking with lust. CULTURE OBJECTIVIZATION

836. Papal Documents - JP820811.HTM - The Husband-Wife Relationship in Ephesians 5, 21-23
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's exegesis of the text given at General Audience, August 11, 1982.

837. Papal Documents - JP2BVM16.HTM - The Ideal Woman Is a Precious Treasure
Pope John Paul II

The Bible gives examples of women who led others astray, but the predominant image is of strong individuals who work with and for God. So said the Holy Father at his General Audience of 10 April 1996. "In these figures of woman ... we glimpse the one who will be greatest: Mary, Mother of the Lord." This is the 16th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. MACCABEES OLD TESTAMENT WIFE

838. Papal Documents - JP2TB84.HTM - The Kingdom of God, Not the World, Is Man's Eternal Destiny
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He further examined St. Paul's teaching on the complementarity of continence and marriage, both vocations having in view the future life. VIRGINITY CELIBACY ESCHATOLOGY

839. Papal Documents - JP2TB104.HTM - The Language of the Body in the Structure of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 January 1983, the Holy Father analysed the sacramentality of marriage under the aspect of a sign. The sign is expressed in the language of the body, in its masculinity or femininity, as a personal gift to its spouse. COMMUNION OF PERSONS PROPHETISM FIDELITY ADULTERY

840. Papal Documents - JP2TB112.HTM - The Language of the Body: Actions and Duties Forming the Spirituality of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 July 1984, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He returned to the fifth chapter of Ephesians to examine how the "language of the body" is elevated by the language of liturgy to a "great mystery," the Sacrament of Matrimony. MARRIAGE HOLY FEAR

841. Papal Documents - JP2LIGHT.HTM - The Light of the East
Pope John Paul II

'Orientale Lumen' Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II promulgated on May 2, 1995 to mark the centenary of 'Orientalium Dignitas' of Pope Leo XIII. JOHN PAUL II EASTERN CHURCH MONASTICISM EUCHARIST WORD TRADITION

842. Papal Documents - JP2TB64.HTM - The Living God Continually Renews the Very Reality of Life
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 November 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, by returning to the words of Christ to the Sadducees on the general resurrection. They deny the resurrection because they doubt the power of God. DEATH LIFE REVELATION

843. Papal Documents - JP2TB14.HTM - The Man-Person Becomes a Gift in the Freedom of Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 16 January 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body, by examining the "nuptial meaning of the body." Through self-mastery, by which the purely physical side of sex was restrained, the first man and woman were free to give themselves totally to each other, and thereby discovered their true selves. CREATION MAN WOMAN MASCULINE FEMININE LOVE IMAGE OF GOD HAPPINESS BEATITUDE

844. Papal Documents - JP960519.HTM - The Media: Modern Forum for Promoting the Role of Women in Society
Pope John Paul II

World Communications Day May 19, 1996

845. Papal Documents - JP2WYD19.HTM - The Message Is Clear: We Wish to See Jesus
Pope John Paul II

"We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12:21) is the theme of the Holy Father's Message for the 19th World Youth Day, to be celebrated this year (2004) in Rome, on Palm Sunday. To see Jesus, we must first allow Him to look at us, to gaze into our unshielded eyes. COLOGNE EXAMPLE

846. Papal Documents - JP2VITAE.HTM - The Mystery of Life
Pope John Paul II

Vitae mysterium, issued Motu Proprio on 11 February 1994, establishing the Pontifical Academy for Life.

847. Papal Documents - JP840718.HTM - The Norm of Humanae Vitae Arises From the Natural Law and Revealed Order
Pope John Paul II

General Audience of July 18, 1984

848. Papal Documents - JP2TB114.HTM - The Norm of Humanae Vitae Arises from the Natural Law and the Revealed Order
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 July 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, observing that its moral norm--marital openness to procreation--not only accords with natural law (reason) and the revealed moral law, but finds support in the Theology of the Body. SEXUALITY REVELATION SCRIPTURE TRADITION MAGISTERIUM

849. Papal Documents - JP2MIGRA.HTM - The Pastoral Care of Migrants: A Way of Accomplishing the Mission of the Church Today
Pope John Paul II

In his message for the 87th World Day of Migration, 2001, the Holy Father reflects on "the evangelizing mission of the Church with respect to the vast and complex phenomenon of emigration and mobility." IMMIGRATION ECUMEN

850. Papal Documents - JP2TB56.HTM - The Pauline Doctrine of Purity as Life according to the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 March 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further examination of St. Paul's teaching on purity. This virtue is reinforced by piety, a gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, by which God is glorified. EUSEBEIA WISDOM REDEMPTION BEATITUDES HOLINESS

851. Papal Documents - JP2BRZL.HTM - The Pope in Brazil
Pope John Paul II

These addresses of the Pope were delivered in October 1997 as part of the Second World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MARRIAGE FAMILY

852. Papal Documents - JP2ROM.HTM - The Pope in Romania: Joint Declaration
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 8 May, at the Patriarchal Palace in Bucharest, Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Teoctist signed a Joint Declaration on the urgent need for peace in the Balkans. Expressing solidarity with all who have been driven from their homes, and with all victims of the deadly bombings, they appealed to all responsible for the tragedy, to return to dialogue; to the international community, to help the parties in conflict to resolve their differences; and to Christians everywhere, to pray for peace.YUGOSLAVIA SERBS ALBANIANS EUROPE

853. Papal Documents - JP2DOMIE.HTM - The Pope's Words Before the Angelus
Pope John Paul II

Before reciting the Angelus, at the end of the Mass celebrated 1 October 2000 in St Peter's Square for the canonization of 123 new Saints, the Holy Father spoke to those present about the recent "Dominus Iesus" document, noting that it does not deny the salvation of non-Christians, but affirms that its ultimate source is Christ. ECUMEN UT UNUM SINT

854. Papal Documents - JP2TB122.HTM - The Power of Love Is Given to Man and Woman as a Share in God's Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 October 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of Humanae Vitae, as it bore on his Theology of the Body. The love that God gives to husband and wife is a supernatural power enabling them to coordinate their actions toward the good of marriage, a communion of persons, while safeguarding the connection between the "two meanings of the conjugal act," the unitive and the procreative. CHASTITY CONCUPISCENCE

855. Papal Documents - JP841010.HTM - The Power of Love Is Given to Man and Woman as a Share in God's Love
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1984. Tenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE CONJUGAL

856. Papal Documents - JP841128.HTM - The Redemption of the Body and the Sacramentality of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of November 28, 1984. Last in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' Summarizes the talks. JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE

857. Papal Documents - JP2TB102.HTM - The Redemptive and Spousal Dimensions of Love
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 15 December 1982, the Holy Father continued his commentary on Ephesians 5, for further insights into marriage and the Theology of the Body. The original structure of marriage, as a sacrament of creation, "is renewed in the mystery of the redemption, when that mystery assumes the aspect of the spousal love of the Church on the part of Christ." REDEMPTION OF THE BODY

858. Papal Documents - JP2TB65.HTM - The Resurrection and Theological Anthropology
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 December 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by addressing the teaching of Christ on the relationship between male and female after the general resurrection. PLATO ARISTOTLE THOMAS AQUINAS SOUL

859. Papal Documents - JP2TB66.HTM - The Resurrection Perfects the Person
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 9 December 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, with particular regard for the general resurrection, in which the body will be spiritualized, and both body and spirit divinized, in the vision of God. PSYCHOSOMATIC ESCHATOLOGY BEATIFIC VISION GRACE

860. Papal Documents - JP2TB70.HTM - The Risen Body Will Be Incorruptible, Glorious, Dynamic, and Spiritual
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 February 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by describing the body, at the general resurrection, as the fulfillment of the human aspiration to glory. This aspiration reflects the potentiality with which we were created to become conformed to the risen Christ. ESCHATOLOGY COSMOS ANTHROPOLOGY

861. Papal Documents - JP2POET.HTM - The Roman Triptych
Pope John Paul II

Excerpts from the Holy Father's The Roman Triptych, Meditations. In his Presentation Cardinal Ratzinger referred particularly, to the sections here presented to give a sense of the beauty of the whole work. GENESIS MICHELANGELO CONCLAVE POET POEM POETRY WOJTYLA

862. Papal Documents - JP2TB105.HTM - The Sacramental Covenant in the Dimension of Sign
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 19 January 1983, the Holy Father explains that the sign of the Sacrament of Marriage is constituted by the words of matrimonial consent, "because the spousal significance of the body in its masculinity and femininity is found expressed in them." In giving their consent, the spouses confirm their participation in the "prophetic mission of the Church received from Christ." COVENANT CREATION REDEMPTION PROCREATION

863. Papal Documents - JP2TB3.HTM - The Second Account of Creation: The Subjective Definition of Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 19 September 1979, the Holy Father examined the account of man's creation in the second chapter of Genesis, observing its profundity in revealing the subjective side of creation in the image of God. ADAM WOMAN MYTH ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN

864. Papal Documents - JP2SEVEN.HTM - The Seven Sacraments
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II in Britain, the main points of the Holy Father's homilies given in England and Wales. Taken from the Catholic Position Papers, Series B, Number 24, October, 1982, Japan Edition. JOHN PAUL II SACRAMENTS BRITAIN ENGLAND WALES

865. Papal Documents - JP970209.HTM - The Sick Need Our Human Warmth
John Paul II

"Jesus' love for the sick encourages us especially to put the resources of our heart into action. We know from experience that, when we are ill, we not only need adequate treatment, but human warmth", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, February 9, 1997. Two days before the fifth World Day of the Sick, he reflected on our Lord's power of healing and recommended compassion for "the elderly who are no longer self-sufficient, defenceless children, the disabled, the severely handicapped and the terminally ill', instead of considering them a burden.

866. Papal Documents - JP2JUSLW.HTM - The Splendor in Justice & Law
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's annual address to the Roman Rota given on January 28, 1994. The Holy Father says, 'Love for the truth must be expressed in love for justice and in the resulting commitment of establishing the truth in relations within human society.' JOHN PAUL II CANON LAW VERITATIS SPLENDOR CATECHISM JUSTICE

867. Papal Documents - JP2TB103.HTM - The Substratum and Content of the Sacramental Sign of Spousal Communion
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 January 1983, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by analysing the sign (form) of the sacrament of marriage into two aspects: the expression of the will to be united (the wedding vows), and the actual union when the marriage is consummated. COMMUNIO PERSONARUM

868. Papal Documents - JP2TESTA.HTM - The Testament of John Paul II
Pope John Paul II

The Spiritual Testament of John Paul II was read to the Cardinals at their meeting on 6 April and published in full the following day in the original Polish. The Pope wrote his first version during the Lenten Spiritual Exercises in 1979 and updated it six times: with one undated addition, and in 1980, 1982 (twice on the same day), 1985 and 2000, the Year of Great Jubilee. TOTUS TUUS PONTIFICATE PERSECUTION FUNERAL THIRD MILLENNIUM VATICAN II

869. Papal Documents - JP2TB82.HTM - The Unmarried Person Is Anxious to Please the Lord
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 June 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by examining St. Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 7, that one who marries does well, but one who chooses continence or virginity does better. Continence makes more room to be anxious for "the things of the Lord," to please the Lord and work for the growth of His Church. CELIBACY MARRIAGE

870. Papal Documents - JP2TB78.HTM - The Value of Continence Is Found in Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, with regard to the choice of virginity or celibacy. Continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven is the nuptial gift of self to Christ, the Spouse of the soul. MARRIAGE FAMILY RENUNCIATION

871. Papal Documents - JP2PRUDN.HTM - The Virtue of Prudence
Pope John Paul II

At his first General Audience, Wednesday, 25 October 1978, Pope John Paul II linked his catechesis with that of his predecessor, Pope John Paul I, by dedicating his discourse to the fourth "Lamp of the Christian life" — the virtue of Prudence. CARDINAL VIRTUES GIFTS CONSCIENCE MORALITY PROVIDENCE COUNSEL

872. Papal Documents - JP2TB55.HTM - The Virtue of Purity Is the Expression and Fruit of Life according to the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 February 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by further examining St. Paul's teaching on purity. It is identifiable as the virtue of temperance, but includes an element of respect for the body, as a temple of the Holy Spirit. LUST UNCHASTITY MODESTY REDEMPTION

873. Papal Documents - JP2TB73.HTM - The Vocation to Continence in This Earthly Life
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 17 March 1982, the Holy Father continued his talks on celibacy/virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. This new ideal, though a departure from the Old Testament tradition of marriage, shed light on the theology of the body. ESSENES CHASTITY

874. Papal Documents - JP970302.HTM - The World God Created Must Not Be Profaned
John Paul II

Jesus' zeal and love for the Father's house certainty does not stop at a temple of stone. The whose world belongs to God and must not be profaned, the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, March 2, 1997. He spoke of the need to respect the dignity of the human person and of human life which is sometimes the object of dangerous experimentation.

875. Papal Documents - JP961006.HTM - They Bore Fruits of Conversion and Holiness
John Paul II

Beatification of 16 Servants of God October 6, 1996.

876. Papal Documents - JP960623.HTM - They Witnessed to Life in a Culture of Death
John Paul II

Holy Father's homily at the beatification of Bernhard Lichtenberg and Karl Leisner on June 23, 1996 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

877. Papal Documents - JP2YIELD.HTM - They Yielded to Reality
John Paul II

John Paul II describes the birth of faith in the disciples in the face of the presence of the Risen Christ which they experienced with all their senses. The following are passages from two of the Pope's discourses one from Sunday April 21, 1996 and the other from Sunday April 28, 1996.

878. Papal Documents - JP951029.HTM - Those Humbling Themselves Will Be Exalted
Pope John Paul II

Beatification of Three Swiss Women, Mary Theresa Scherer, Maria Bernard Butler and Marguerite Bays, John Paul II, 10/29/95

879. Papal Documents - JP2VOXCL.HTM - To Vox Clara Committee on English Liturgical Texts
Pope John Paul II

On 22 April 2002, the Holy Father sent this English Message to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez in which he gave the purpose of the Vox Clara Committee on English liturgical texts, to ensure that the texts be accurately translated in accord with the norms of Liturgiam Authenticam. MISSALE ROMANUM RECOGNITIO ICEL VERNACULAR

880. Papal Documents - JP2AGENG.HTM - To 2nd World Assembly on Aging
Pope John Paul II

In his address, 3 April 2002, to the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing held in Madrid, the Holy Father declared that "the elderly must be considered in their dignity as persons, which does not diminish with the passing years nor with physical and mental deterioration." ELDERLY SENIOR POPULATION SOLIDARITY CULTURE MORAL VALUES ILLNESS DEATH

881. Papal Documents - JP2EURCO.HTM - To a Study Session: Towards a European Constitution
Pope John Paul II

On 20 June 2002, the Holy Father sent an important Message to the 250 participants in a four-day European Study Congress that met in Rome on the theme: "Towards a European Constitution?" He called for dialogue with the Churches and religious denominations on an authentic vision of the person and society that would serve as the foundation of an expanded Europe. EUROPEAN UNION POLITICAL HUMANISM PERSON TRANSCENDANT

882. Papal Documents - JP2XENO.HTM - To Academy for Life
Pope John Paul II

In a Message of 1 July 2001, addressed to a congress organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life on the justness of "xenotransplants", the Holy Father gave guidelines for the transplanting of animal organs to humans. MEDIC ETHIC SCIENCE

883. Papal Documents - JP2COMPD.HTM - To Cardinal Ratzinger, Prepare Compendium of Catechism
Pope John Paul II

An International Catechetical Congress took place in Rome October 2002 to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of the original edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992). Following the Congress, a proposal, that a compendium of the Catechism be compiled, was presented to the Holy Father. He approved the proposal in his Letter of 2 February to Cardinal Ratzinger, inviting the Cardinal to set up a special commission and an editorial committee to draft a Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. CATECHISTS CATECHETICS

884. Papal Documents - JP2NEOCA.HTM - To Cardinal Stafford, Assist the Neocatechumenal Way
Pope John Paul II

On 5 April 2001 the Holy Father sent a letter to Cardinal James Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, on the Neocatechumenal Way. The Pope asks the Cardinal to accompany the ecclesial community as it prepares its statutes for recognition and approval. CHARISM LAY MINISTRY

885. Papal Documents - JP2DSABL.HTM - To Congress on Integration of Disabled Children
Pope John Paul II

Speaking to participants in a congress on "The family and the integration of disabled children and adolescents", whom he received on 4 December 1999, the Holy Father affirmed that the disabled child has same rights as any child. "It is when children are stricken by difficulties, problems or illness, that the values of faith can come to the aid of human values, so that the original personal dignity of the disabled is also acknowledged and respected." FAMILY SOLIDARITY

886. Papal Documents - JP2LIFSS.HTM - To Congress on Life-Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State
Pope John Paul II

In his address to an International Congress on Life-Sustaining Treatments, 20 March 2004, the Holy Father insisted on the fact that "a man, even if seriously ill or disabled in the exercise of his highest functions, is and always will be a man, and he will never become a vegetable or an animal." He will always be deserving of care, even if a cure is not possible. MEDICAL ETHICS EUTHANASIA FAMILY NUTRITION HYDRATION STARVATION DEHYDRATION VEGETATIVE STATE

887. Papal Documents - JP2OTHER.HTM - To Delegations of Other Christian Churches and Organizations
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday 22 October 1978, the Holy Father John Paul II received in audience the delegations of the other Christian Churches which had attended the ceremony for the beginning of his ministry as Supreme Pastor. He thanked them for their presence, giving assurance of his "firm resolution to go forward along the way to unity in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and following the example of [his] predecessors." ECUMENISM ECUMENICAL

888. Papal Documents - JP2OLDFO.HTM - To Federation of Family Advisory Boards
Pope John Paul II

Receiving in audience the participants in the National Conference of the Italian Federation of Family Advisory Bureaus of Christian Inspiration on 28 March 1987, the Holy Father addressed the important responsibility families have for the care of their elderly. DIGNITY MARGINALIZATION FAMILY

889. Papal Documents - JP2CHARS.HTM - To Group of Renewal in the Holy Spirit
Pope John Paul II

On 14 March 2002, the Holy Father celebrated the 30th anniversary of the advent of the Charismatic Renewal in Italy when he received a delegation of members of this important ecclesial movement. In his address, the Pope spoke of Renewal in the Spirit as a "special gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church in our time." PENTECOST MAGISTERIUM MISSIONARY COMMUNITY ADORATION

890. Papal Documents - JP2JA15.HTM - To Group Preparing for World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 15 January, the Holy Father received the representatives of Episcopal Conferences and various ecclesial associations who were meeting in Rome to prepare for the next World Youth Day. In his address, the Pope stressed that young people must bring the Gospel into the New Millennium. JUBILEE EVANGELIZATION

891. Papal Documents - JP951115.HTM - To Honor Mary Is to Go to Jesus
Pope John Paul II

General Audience November 15, 1995.

892. Papal Documents - JP2BVM5.HTM - To Honour Mary Is to Go to Jesus
Pope John Paul II

"It can be clearly seen ... how the Marian dimension pervades the Church's whole life. The proclamation of the Word, the liturgy, the various charitable and cultural expressions find in Mary an occasion for enrichment and renewal", the Holy Father said at his General Audience on 15 November 1995, in the fifth of his series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. SALVATION HAIL MARY PILGRIMAGE DEVOTION

893. Papal Documents - JP2CAT10.HTM - To International Catechetical Congress
Pope John Paul II

On 11 October 2002, the Holy Father spoke to those gathered for the International Catechetical Congress held to observe the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his address, the Pope underlined its authoritative nature as the basis for local catechisms. A closing statement from the Congress follows, with a list of its resolutions addressed to catechists around the world. CATECHESIS GENERAL CATECHETICAL DIRECTORY ECUMENICAL INTERRELIGIOUS APOLOGETICS EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION

894. Papal Documents - JP2FILM.HTM - To International Cinema Conference
Pope John Paul II

On 2 December 1999, the Holy Father met the participants in an international study conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The Pope told them of his hope that during the Jubilee Year "the cinema can also make its particular contribution...to the promotion of a humanism linked to Gospel values, and which for this reason can create an authentic culture of man and for man." MOVIES

895. Papal Documents - JP2CANCR.HTM - To International Gynaecological Cancer Society
Pope John Paul II

In September 1999, the Holy Father received the participants in the Seventh Congress of the International Gynaecological Cancer Society. In his address to the medical professionals, the Pope commended them for offering hope and healing to women suffering from cancer, but also reminded them that as doctors they are guardians and servants of human life, and therefore must reject any recourse to abortion or euthanasia. HEALTH CARE ASSISTED SUICIDE

896. Papal Documents - JP2JRST2.HTM - To Italian Catholic Jurists
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 5 December 1998, the Holy Father received the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists, who were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of their association. He commended them on their research in natural law doctrine, since the natural law "represents the sole guarantee for putting human rights on a sure and absolute basis".

897. Papal Documents - JP1FAITH.HTM - To Live the Faith
Pope John Paul I

In his General Audience, 13 September 1978, the Holy Father John Paul I addressed the virtue of faith. PAUL AUGUSTINE

898. Papal Documents - JP2TRIBR.HTM - To Members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

On 29 January 2005, the Holy Father spoke to the Prelate Auditors, Officials and Advocates of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, for the inauguration of the Judicial Year. The Pope commented on the moral dimension of those who work at the Tribunal, and the need "to conform to the truth about marriage as the Church teaches it". MARRIAGE ANNULMENT

899. Papal Documents - jp2milchaps.htm - To Military Chaplains Participating in Course on Formation
Pope John Paul II

On 25 March [2003], the Holy See released a Message of the Holy Father (dated 24 March) to the military chaplains attending a course of formation in humanitarian law jointly organized by the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Holy Father noted that it is Christian motivations that have developed the body of international humanitarian law that aims at lessening the ferocity of war. MILITARY ORDINARIATES DEFENSE DEFENCE

900. Papal Documents - JP2CCE.HTM - To Plenary Assembly of Congregation for Catholic Education
Pope John Paul II

In his address, 4 February 2002, to the Plenary Session of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Holy Father commented on the role of psychology in priestly formation, formation of students in canon law, the mission of consecrated persons in education, and recruitment of vocations. SEMINARY SEMINARIAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SCHOOL

901. Papal Documents - JP2KOWLC.HTM - To Polish Academy of Sciences' International Meeting
Pope John Paul II

In a letter released 11 April 2002, the Holy Father warned that so-called "values-free science" in fact restricts the freedom of scientific research, being a code word for submission to economic interests. The result is scientific "progress" in directions hostile to human dignity. MEDICINE BIOMEDICAL BIOETHICS PHARMACEUTICAL PROCREATION CONTRACEPTION ABORTION CLONING STEM CELLS TECHNOLOGY PROFIT PERSON

902. Papal Documents - JP2JSPC.HTM - To Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace: You Have Important Role in Promoting Church's Social Teaching
Pope John Paul II

Because of his Apostolic Visit to India and Georgia, the Holy Father was unable to receive the members and consultors of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace during their plenary assembly, so he sent them a written Message in which he encouraged their recent efforts to draft a compendium of the Church's social teaching and to make leaders aware of their duty to promote the dignity of every human person. DEBT ENVIRONMENT EVANGELIZATION

903. Papal Documents - JP2PCSC.HTM - To Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Pope John Paul II

On 1 March 2002 the Holy Father addressed the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which issued the two documents The Church and Internet and Ethics and Internet. The Holy Father urged the Council to continue evangelization both through the media and of the media. COMMUNICATION

904. Papal Documents - JP2FATH.HTM - To Pontifical Council for the Family
Pope John Paul II

On Friday, 4 June, the Holy Father received those taking part in the l4th plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family. In his address he defended the family based on marriage and warned of the dangers of non-marital cohabitation. Mere "de facto" unions, lacking commitment,do not provide a stable environment for the rearing and education of children. FATHER HOLY SPIRIT COVENANT HOMOSEXUALS

905. Papal Documents - JP2CHLTV.HTM - To President of the Catholic Union of the Italian Press
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father sent a Message dated 18 April 2002 to Dr Emilio Rossi, President of the Catholic Union of the Italian Press, at the end of its Congress in Rome on "Children and the Media: 100 meeting points." The Pope appealed to the men and women who write and produce the scripts for TV and films to study the needs of children and offer them better programming. EDUCATION VALUES INTERNET

906. Papal Documents - JP2POLUN.HTM - To Rectors and Professors of the Polish Universities
Pope John Paul II

30 August 2001, the Holy Father received at Castel Gandolfo a group of rectors and professors of Polish Universities. In his address, the Pope spoke about the pressing need to humanize scientific research. FIDES ET RATIO ALIENATION PERSON ETHIC MORAL

907. Papal Documents - JP2SPCMI.HTM - To Special Missions
Pope John Paul II

On Monday 23 October 1978, the Holy Father John Paul II received in audience the Heads of State and members of the Special Missions who had attended the solemn rite for the beginning of his pontificate on the day before. He encourages them to realize that the Church, being guided by the Gospel, is a valuable ally to governments striving for unity among nations. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS UNITED NATIONS

908. Papal Documents - JP2APPEN.HTM - To the Apostolic Penitentiary
Pope John Paul II

On 28 March 2003, the Holy Father addressed the officials of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the confessors of the Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome and a group of young priests and candidates for the priesthood. The Pope reminded priests of their need to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation for their own spiritual growth, and he also stressed the importance of being faithful to the Church's teaching in exercising this "delicate ministry." PENANCE CONFESSION CONVERSION MAGISTERIUM VOCATIONS

909. Papal Documents - JP2FRNCE.HTM - To the Bishops of France: Ad Limina Addresses
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of France, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. VOCATIONS COMMUNION YOUTH EUCHARIST EVANGELIZATION UNITY PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SEMINARY DIOCESES CELIBACY RELATIVISM YOUTH RELIGIOUS ORDERS CHARISMS SOLIDARITY DEACONS FRATERNITY LAITY

910. Papal Documents - JP2INDIA.HTM - To the Bishops of India
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of India, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. LITURGY EASTERN RITES HUMAN LIFE VOCATIONS CONVERSION MISSIONARY CATECHISTS CATECHESIS EUCHARIST MOTHER TERESA PENANCE RECONCILIATION MATERIALISM CONSUMERISM HIV/AIDS MARRIAGE FAMILY WOMEN HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM EVANGELIZATION INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE INDIFFERENTISM EDUCATION FORMATION SEMINARIES ETHNIC DIFFERENCES APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION CONSUMER SOCIETY SEMINARY PRIESTS ECUMENISM PREJUDICE

911. Papal Documents - JP2USADL.HTM - To the Bishops of the U.S.A.: Ad Limina Conferences
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to the Bishops of the U.S.A., in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. ECCLESIOLOGY CONVERSION EVANGELIZATION SANCTIFICATION ORDINATION CONTEMPLATION POVERTY MUNUS SANCTIFICANDI PROPHETICUM COMMUNION SEMINARY SIN METANOIA CONFESSION RECONCILIATION PENANCE HOLINESS PREMARITAL INSTRUCTION FAMILY YOUTH POPULAR PIETY DEVOTIONS AGNOSTICISM RELATIVISM PROPHETIC MISSION LAITY CULTURE MEANING RELIGIOUS CHARISMS RIGHTS POLITICS FORMATION CATECHESIS

912. Papal Documents - JP2CDW.HTM - To the Congregation for Divine Worship
Pope John Paul II

On 22 May 1987, Pope John Paul received in audience the participants in the general session of the Congregation for Divine Worship. He addressed the development of a living liturgy, free of arbitrary changes, the lack of priests, inculturation, and the use of churches for concerts and other artistic presentations. MARRIAGE ORDINATIONS ROMAN RITUAL MARTYROLOGY SUNDAY EUCHARIST HOLY WEEK

913. Papal Documents - JP2CDF.HTM - To the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Pope John Paul II

On 18 January 2002, the Holy Father addressed the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, encouraging them to continue reflection on the centrality of the Eucharist in the Church, and on the necessary relevance of the natural law, even for the terrible problems of war and peace. CURIA COLLABORATION EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES MEDIA EUCHARISTIC SACRIFICE MORAL PROBLEMS

914. Papal Documents - JP2BVM49.HTM - To the Disciple He Said, Behold Your Mother
Pope John Paul II

"The universal motherhood of Mary, the 'Woman' of the wedding at Cana and of Calvary, recalls Eve, 'mother of all living' (Gn 3:20). However, while the latter helped to bring sin into the world, the new Eve, Mary, co-operates in the saving event of Redemption." So said the Holy Father at the General Audience of 23 April 1997. This was the 49th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX NEW EVE

915. Papal Documents - JP2ENVSY.HTM - To the Fifth International Environmental Symposium
Pope John Paul II

On the occasion of the Fifth Symposium on Environment which took place on a boat down the Baltic Sea with the theme: "The Baltic Sea: a Common Heritage, a Shared Responsibility", the Holy Father sent a Message, dated 27 May 2003, to His Holiness Bartholomaios I, Ecumenical Patriarch, concerning the safeguarding of creation. ECOLOGY ECUMENISM

916. Papal Documents - JP2RICCI.HTM - To the International Conference Commemorating the Fourth Centenary of the Arrival in Beijing of Father Mateo Ricci
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father praises the work of Fr Ricci, the 16th-century Jesuit who brought the Gospel to China, offers friendship and invites dialogue between "the two oldest living institutions in the world," the Catholic Church and the Chinese government. DIALOGUE INCULTURATION PERSON SOLIDARITY GLOBALIZATION MISSION

917. Papal Documents - JP2LEGIO.HTM - To the Legionaries of Christ
Pope John Paul II

On 4 January 2001, the Holy Father met the Legionaries of Christ, in Rome to celebrate their Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of their foundation in Mexico City by Fr Marcial Maciel. The Pope told them and the members of the Regnum Christi Movement that in our secularized world "there is a need today more than ever for a confident proclamation of the Gospel." He repeated the words of St. Catherine of Siena, "If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze." EVANGELIZATION VOCATIONS

918. Papal Documents - JP2BULG.HTM - To the Patriarch and Holy Synod, Bulgaria
Pope John Paul II

On 24 May 2002, the Holy Father met with His Holiness Patriarch Maxim and the members of the Holy Synod in the Patriarchal Palace, Sofia. Appealing to the example of Sts Cyril and Methodius, the Pope declared that "the whole of Europe, both West and East, expects Catholics and Orthodox to work together for the defence of peace and justice, human rights and the culture of life." ECUMENISM DIALOGUE COMMUNION DIVERSITY

919. Papal Documents - JP2ARCHA.HTM - To the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology
Pope John Paul II

On 16 January 1998, the Holy Father met the members, officials and staff of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology, who were holding their plenary assembly. The Pope commended them on their work of restoring many Christian catacombs in Rome and on their efforts to make these sites more accessible to pilgrims during the Holy Year. ROME JUBILEE

920. Papal Documents - JP2EUPAR.HTM - To the Presidents of the European Union of Parliaments
Pope John Paul II

On 23 September 2000, the Holy Father received in audience participants in the Conference of Presidents of the Parliaments of the European Union. Expressing his hopes, he said to them: "May the European Union ... succeed in forging the consensus necessary to set among its highest ideals the protection of life, respect for one another, mutual help and a fraternity which excludes no one". GLOBALIZATION NATURAL LAW SUBSIDIARITY DEMOCRACY

921. Papal Documents - JP2PENIT.HTM - To the Pro-Major Penitentiary
Pope John Paul II

In an address 15 March 2002 to Archbishop De Magistris and the Apostolic Penitentiary, to the religious who exercise the ministry of the Sacrament of Penance in Roman Basilicas, and to priests taking part in a course on the internal forum, the Holy Father highlighted the indispensability of the Sacrament of Penance for the development of Christian and priestly holiness. CONFESSION RECONCILIATION CHARISMATIC GIFTS ASCETICISM PELAGIANISM VOCATIONS SEMINARIES

922. Papal Documents - JP2YOUT.HTM - To the Youth of the World
Pope John Paul II

The United Nations having proclaimed 1985 as World Youth Year, the Holy Father addressed an Apostolic Letter (31 March 1985) to the youth of the world on the theme of being prepared to defend the Catholic faith against attacks of unbelievers. APOLOGETICS MORALITY MEANING VOCATION MARRIAGE EDUCATION

923. Papal Documents - JP960407.HTM - To Those Who Share in His Triumph Over Death The Lord Grants Courage to Build Up a New Humanity
John Paul II

Easter Message April 7, 1996

924. Papal Documents - JJP2UNIV.HTM - To University Teachers for Their Jubilee
Pope John Paul II

To participants in the World Meeting of University Teachers, whom he received in audience for their Jubilee on 9 September 2000, the Holy Father addressed a reminder of "the need for a university culture which is genuinely 'humanistic', in the sense --primarily--that culture must correspond to the human person". FAITH REASON SCIENCE SOLIDARITY SUBSIDIARITY DEMOCRACY

925. Papal Documents - JJP2WYD1.HTM - To Youth at Saint John Lateran
Pope John Paul II

On 15 August 2000, Solemnity of the Assumption, the Holy Father arrived at St John Lateran to open the 15th World Youth Day, with more than a million young people expected. The Pope addressed the young, enthusiastic crowds before going on to St Peter's Square. JUBILEE

926. Papal Documents - JJP2WYD2.HTM - To Youth at Saint Peter's
Pope John Paul II

On the evening of 15 August 2000, after greeting the multitude of young people who had gathered to see him open the 15th World Youth Day at St John Lateran, the Holy Father was driven to St Peter's Square for the welcoming ceremony there. In his address he urged young people to grow in their faith in Christ, letting themselves be "molded by the Holy Spirit." JUBILEE

927. Papal Documents - JP2MAR.HTM - True Human Love Reflects the Divine
Pope John Paul II

Promulgated September 25, 1993. Pope John Paul II's message to married couples in Asti, Italy. MARRIAGE LOVE HUMAN DIVINE MAN WOMAN JOHN PAUL II

928. Papal Documents - JP2TB109.HTM - Truth and Freedom the Foundation of True Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 May 1984, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the Song of Songs for further examination of the sacramental sign of marriage. It is expressed in the "language of the body," which begins in the heart. It reflects the familiarity of friendship, but also the mystery of a woman's interior inviolability, which is freely given to the man. ENTRUSTMENT

929. Papal Documents - JP960317.HTM - Two Blesseds Manifest 'Works of God'
Pope John Paul II

March 17, 1996

930. Papal Documents - JP960706.HTM - Union of Brest Was Work of Holy Spirit
John Paul II

Desire for unity motivated Union's architects, Pope says during Moleben for 400th anniversay July 6, 1996.

931. Papal Documents - JP950802.HTM - Unity Furthered by Continual Renewal
Pope John Paul II

8/2/95

932. Papal Documents - JP950628.HTM - Unity Results From Legitimate Diversity
Pope John Paul II

General Audience June 28, 1995 The Holy Father continues his catechesis on the missionary activity of the Church, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the one faith handed down by the Apostles. JOHN PAUL II UNITY DIVERSITY

933. Papal Documents - JJP2UNPR.HTM - Universal Prayer: Confession of Sins and Asking for Forgiveness
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday, 12 March 2000, the Holy Father celebrated a Mass of Penitence at St. Peter's Basilica, in which a Universal Prayer was offered, asking God's forgiveness for scandals committed down the centuries in the name of the Church (cf. International Theological Commission, Memory and Reconciliation: the Church and the Faults of the Past). JUBILEE ECUMEN PROTESTANT ANTISEMIT WOMEN PERSON

934. Papal Documents - JP2URBI.HTM - Urbi et Orbi Blessing
Pope John Paul II

On the stroke of midnight marking the beginning of the Year 2000, the Holy Father spoke to the pilgrims rejoicing in St Peter's Square and gave them his blessing for the new year and the new millennium. JUBILEE

935. Papal Documents - JP2URB99.HTM - Urbi et Orbi Message 1999
Pope John Paul II

The message of Pope John Paul II "To the City and to the World" for Easter Sunday, 4 April 1999. The Pope pleads with special insistence for humanitarian corridors to aid the refugees from Kosovo.

936. Papal Documents - JP960121.HTM - Vatican II Called Catholics to Active Role in Ecumenism
Pope John Paul II

Sunday Angelus, January 21, 1996

937. Papal Documents - JP28995.HTM - Vatican II Praised Eastern Traditions
Pope John Paul II

General Audience August 9, 1995 ORTHODOX ECUMENISM

938. Papal Documents - JP950809.HTM - Vatican II Praised Eastern Traditions
Pope John Paul II

8/9/95

939. Papal Documents - JJP2VAT2.HTM - Vatican II Was Spirit's Gift to the Church
Pope John Paul II

From 25 to 27 February 2000, over 200 Bishops, theologians, historians and catechists attended a conference in the Vatican on the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. The meeting was organized in the context of the Holy Year celebrations. On Sunday morning, 27 February, the Holy Father addressed the participants, calling the Council a "gift of the Spirit to his Church". TRADITION EVANGEL MAGISTERIUM LITURGY ECUMEN

940. Papal Documents - JP2DUODE.HTM - Veneration of Holy Images
Pope John Paul II

'Duodecimum Saeculum' Apostolic Letter of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II to the Episcopate of the Catholic Church on the occasion of the 1200th Anniversary of the Second Council of Nicaea, December 4, 1987. JOHN PAUL II NICAEA IMAGES

941. Papal Documents - JP2PENTE.HTM - Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Come, Holy Spirit!
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's homily for Pentecost, in the Year of the Holy Spirit, 1998. JUBILEE

942. Papal Documents - JP2BVM12.HTM - Victory Over Sin Comes Through a Woman
Pope John Paul II

"Mary's unique vocation is inseparable from humanity's vocation and, in particular, from that of every woman, on which light has been shed by the mission of Mary, proclaimed God's first ally against Satan and evil", the Holy Father said at the General Audience on 24 January 1996, the 12th in his series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. PROTOGOSPEL NEW EVE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX

943. Papal Documents - JP961214.HTM - Vietnamese Church Has Given Heroic Witness to Christ's Love
John Paul II

"The Church in Viet Nam can give the whole Church the contribution of her long and rich experience of Gospel witness, lived sometimes to the point of heroism by her Pastors and faithful", the Holy Father said to the Bishops of Viet Nam when he received them on Saturday, 14 December 1996, during their ad limina visit.

944. Papal Documents - JP2BVM26.HTM - Virginal Conception Is Biological Fact
Pope John Paul II

The virginity of Mary and Jesus' virginal conception were the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 10 July 1996. This truth of faith is set forth in the Gospels and confirmed by subsequent tradition. The Holy Father's reflection was the 26th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. INCARNATION VIRGIN BIRTH THEOLOGOUMENON HOLY SPIRIT PERPETUAL VIRGINITY HOLINESS

945. Papal Documents - JP960710.HTM - Virginal Conception Is Biological Fact
John Paul II

The Gospel accounts clearly teach that Jesus' conception was the work of the Holy Spirit and not just a theological expression of His Divine Sonship. Papal Audience of July 10, 1996.

946. Papal Documents - JP2TB72.HTM - Virginity or Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 March 1982, the Holy Father began a new series on virginity/celibacy for the kingdom of heaven, in furtherance of his catechesis on theology of the body. A vocation to celibacy is an anticipation of that eschatological state when men "neither marry nor are given in marriage." CHASTITY CONTINENCE

947. Papal Documents - JP791228.HTM - Visit to Mexico 79: Opening Address at the Puebla Conference
Pope John Paul II

Delivered in Seminario Palafoxiano, Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico, on 28 January 1979.

948. Papal Documents - JP2MX90A.HTM - Visit to Mexico 90: Five Beatifications
Pope John Paul II

Immediately after his arrival In Mexico (6 May) Pope John Paul went to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe where he celebrated the Mass of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, during which he beatified three child martyrs of the earliest days of Mexico's evangelization (Cristobal [1514-1527], Juan [1516-1529] and Antonio [1516-1529]) and Fr Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (1851-1904). The Pope also solemnly recognized the cult which has been paid to Juan Diego, setting 9 December as his liturgical feast.

949. Papal Documents - JP2MX90C.HTM - Visit to Mexico 90: Option for the Poor
Pope John Paul II

In the sports arena of Cristobal Colon College in Mexico City. (12 May) the Pope celebrated First Vespers of the Fifth Sunday of Easter with, representatives of the priests, religious, seminarians and lay leaders of all of Mexico. Addressing them in Spanish, the Pope particularly encouraged them to be faithful to the commitments they have freely assumed, and to be loyal followers of the Church's one Magisterium.

950. Papal Documents - JP2MX90B.HTM - Visit to Mexico 90: The New Evangelization
Pope John Paul II

The Pope visited the Gulf port city of Veracruz (7 May) where, at the docks of Malecon, he presided at a service of the Word near the area where Mexico's first evangelizers embarked.

951. Papal Documents - JP2MEX3.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: Address to Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday evening, 23 January 1999, the Holy Father paid a courtesy visit to President Ernesto Zedillo at the Presidential Residence, during which he also met the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Mexico.

952. Papal Documents - JP2MEX5.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: Angelus Message
Pope John Paul II

At the end of the Mass he celebrated on Sunday morning, 24 January, at the Hermanos Rodriguez Racetrack, the Holy Father led the recitation of the Angelus, which he introduced with a short reflection on the role of Mary in the evangelization of America.

953. Papal Documents - JP2MEX1.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: Arrival Message
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's message upon arriving in Mexico City, 22 January 1999.

954. Papal Documents - JP2MEX8.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: Departure Address
Pope John Paul II

Departure address of the Holy Father at Benito Juarez International Airport, 26 January 1999.

955. Papal Documents - JP2MEX2.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: Mass at Guadalupe
Pope John Paul II

The homily and other remarks of the Holy Father at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 23 January 1999. On this occasion he formally promulgated his Exhortation to close the Synod of America Ecclesia in America.

956. Papal Documents - JP2MEX4.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: Mass at Rodriguez Racetrack
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday morning, 24 January 1999, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass with the Church of Mexico at the Hermanos Rodriguez Racetrack in Mexico City.

957. Papal Documents - JP2MEX7.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: Meeting at Azteca Stadium
Pope John Paul II

In the late afternoon of Monday January 25th the Holy Father was taken to the Azteca Stadium for a meeting with "representatives of all the generations of the century" to thank God for the gift of faith and to reflect on the challenges facing America if it is truly to become the "Continent of Hope". Between the various artistic performances the Pope gave a two-part address in Spanish.

958. Papal Documents - JP2MEX6.HTM - Visit to Mexico 99: To the Sick
Pope John Paul II

In the evening of Sunday 24 January 1999 the Holy Father went to Adolfo Lopez Mateos Hospital to visit some of the patients and deliver a written Message for all the sick in Mexico.

959. Papal Documents - JP2STL1.HTM - Visit to St. Louis 99: Arrival Message
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father arrived at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, USA, on Tuesday afternoon, 26 January. After the President's welcoming speech, the Holy Father gave an address.

960. Papal Documents - JP2STL5.HTM - Visit to St. Louis 99: Evening Prayer
Pope John Paul II

In the afternoon of 27 January 1999, the Pope was taken to the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis for the celebration of Evening Prayer. After a reading from Isaiah (35:1-6a, 10), the Holy Father gave a homily.

961. Papal Documents - JP2STL6.HTM - Visit to St. Louis 99: Farewell Address
Pope John Paul II

At the end of the Evening Prayer liturgy on Wednesday, 27 January 1999, the Holy Father thanked the civil and religious dignitaries for attending and expressed his gratitude to those whose many efforts made his Pastoral Visit to St Louis possible.

962. Papal Documents - JP2STL4.HTM - Visit to St. Louis 99: Homily at Trans World Dome
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday, 27 January 1999, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the Trans World Dome in St Louis, one of the largest indoor stadiums in the United States, with a capacity of 70,000. Concelebrating with the Pope were the U.S. Cardinals, the Bishops of the region and Bishops from many other parts of the States, as well as the Cardinals and Bishops in the papal entourage and a large number of priests.

963. Papal Documents - JP2STL2.HTM - Visit to St. Louis 99: Meeting with Young People
Pope John Paul II

In the evening of Tuesday 26 January 1999 the Holy Father was taken to the Kiel Center, a sports complex, for a meeting with young people. Their gathering took the form of a prayer service with readings from the New Testament (1 Tm 4:7-12; Mt 5:14-16), a twopart address by the Pope and a renewal by the young people of their commitment to live with Christ.

964. Papal Documents - JP2STL3.HTM - Visit to St. Louis 99: Written Message to Children
Pope John Paul II

During his meeting with young people at the Kiel Center on Tuesday evening, 26 January, the Holy Father also met the administrators of Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and some of the young patients undergoing chemotherapy at the paediatric facility, accompanied by their parents. The Pope gave them a written Message addressed to all the children being treated at the hospital. Here is the text of his Message, which was dated 26 January.

965. Papal Documents - JP2PRSKZ.HTM - Visit to the President of Kazakhstan
Pope John Paul II

On his visit to the President of the Republic of Kazkhstan, 23 September 2001, the Holy Father observed that "every nation has the right to its sovereignty."

966. Papal Documents - JP2BVM34.HTM - Visitation Is Prelude to Jesus' Mission
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 2 October 1996, the Holy Father spoke on the Visitation. He said: "Mary's visit to Elizabeth, in fact, is a prelude to Jesus' mission and, in co-operating from the beginning of her motherhood in the Son's redeeming work, she becomes the model for those in the Church who set out to bring Christ's light and joy to the people of every time and place". For the series, see Index Page. CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX MEDIATRIX

967. Papal Documents - JP961002.HTM - Visitation Is Prelude to Jesus' Mission
John Paul II

At the General Audience of October 2, 1996, the Holy Father returned to his series of reflections on the Blessed Virgin Mary.

968. Papal Documents - JP2VODAY.HTM - Vocation Day Message
Pope John Paul II

Given for the 31st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 24, 1994. JOHN PAUL II VOCATIONS PRAYER

969. Papal Documents - JP97119.HTM - Vocation Is Rooted in Redemption
John Paul II

"Man belongs to God, first of all because he is one of God's creatures, but more especially because he was redeemed from sin through Christ. To become aware of this means to reach the very roots of every vocation", the Holy Father said as he reflected on the nature of the Christian calling in the homily of the Mass he celebrated at the Roman parish of St Mary of Hope on Sunday, January 19, 1997.

970. Papal Documents - JP2TB81.HTM - Voluntary Continence Derives From a Counsel, Not From a Command
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 23 June 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by addressing St. Paul's treatment of virginity and marriage. Consecrated virginity is a matter of counsel, not command, so that marriage is no sin, though voluntary virginity is better. CONTINENCE CELIBACY HELLENISM

971. Papal Documents - JP96121A.HTM - Watch and Pray for the Lord's Return
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Homily, December 1, 1996 St. Jerome Emiliani parish, Rome.

972. Papal Documents - JP2EUCAD.HTM - We Adore God Present Among Us
Pope John Paul II

In a homily given 12 June 1993 at the 45th International Eucharistic Congress, in the cathedral at Seville, Spain, the Holy Father encouraged the spread of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. EVANGELIZATION VOCATIONS

973. Papal Documents - JP961212.HTM - We Aim to Deepen Our Christian Awareness
John Paul II

The Holy Father celebrates Mass in Vatican Basilica for university students and professors - December 12, 1996

974. Papal Documents - JP970213.HTM - We Are Stewards of God's Saving Gifts
John Paul II

The steward is not the owner; he is the person to whom the owner has entrusted his property, so that he can manage it with dedication and responsibility. Precisely in this way does the priest receive from Christ the gifts of salvation for the benefit of each believer and of the whole People of God, the Holy Father said on Thursday, February 13, 1997, to the clergy of Rome during his annual meeting with them.

975. Papal Documents - JP2BVM69.HTM - We Can Count on Mary's Intercession
Pope John Paul II

By highlighting the human dimension of the Incarnation, devotion to Mary helps the faithful "to discern the face of a God who shares the joys and sufferings of humanity", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 5 November 1997. The Pope spoke of various Marian prayers in this, the 69th of the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM HAIL MARY ROSARY ANGELUS AKATHISTOS LITANY OF LORETO

976. Papal Documents - JP950629.HTM - We Cannot Remain Separated
Pope John Paul II

Homily for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul' June 29, 1995 The Pope joined by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople prays at the altar of the 'Confessio' over Peter's tomb, for unity. JOHN PAUL II BARTHOLOMEW I ORTHODOX EASTERN UNITY

977. Papal Documents - JP97101B.HTM - We Commend the New Year to Mary
John Paul II

"Indeed, God brought fullness to human time by entering with it into man's history. He did not enter as an abstract concept. He entered as a Father who gives life-a new life, divine life - to his adoptive children", the Holy Father said on Wednesday, 1 January, World Day of Peace 1997, as he celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica.

978. Papal Documents - JP961201.HTM - We Cry Out: Save Us, O Saviour of the World!
John Paul II

The Holy Father's December 1, 1996 Angelus message is a reflection on Advent and the beginning of the preparatory period for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

979. Papal Documents - JPCONFAT.HTM - We entrust, O Mary, and consecrate the whole world to your Immaculate Heart!
John Paul II

On Thursday, May 13, 1982, after the concelebrated Mass in Fatima, Pope John Paul II made this act of consecration of the modern world to Our Lady of Fatima.

980. Papal Documents - JP2ESTRN.HTM - We extend our arms in brotherhood
Pope John Paul II

Speaking to the Patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches at an audience on 29 September 1998, the Holy Father encourages them in their role as a bridge to unity with the Orthodox Churches. ECUMENISM

981. Papal Documents - JP2ORTHO.HTM - We extend our arms in brotherhood
Pope John Paul II

Speaking to the Patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches, that is Churches of non-Latin Rite which are in union with Rome, the Holy Father encourages them to be a bridge to the Orthodox Churches. MARONITE MELKITE ARMENIAN COPTIC CHALDEAN

982. Papal Documents - JP960707.HTM - We Give Thanks to God for Union of Brest
John Paul II

Holy Father Celebrates the Divine Liturgy to Commemorate 400th Anniversary July 7, 1996.

983. Papal Documents - JP97F23.HTM - We Must Follow Jesus to Calvary
John Paul II

On this Second Sunday of Lent, together with the Apostles we hear the announcement of the Resurrection.... The fasting and penance of this sacred season are oriented precisely to this event which is the key to the whole economy of salvation, the Holy Father said at the Roman parish of the Holy Cross on Via Flaminia, where he celebrated Mass and preached the homily on Sunday, February 23, 1997.

984. Papal Documents - JP970122.HTM - We Preach a Message of Reconciliation
John Paul II

"There have been ... smart but significant steps towards the reconciliation of hearts and minds. The Spirit of God will guide us to complete, mutual understanding and to the desired goal of full communion", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 22, 1997, as he reflected on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Pope made special reference to the visits he received last year from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Catholicos of All Armenians.

985. Papal Documents - JP970125.HTM - We Serve One Another Through Love
John Paul II

"Christ's prayer discloses to us the profound dimension of conversion: to be converted to unity means to clear the way of the greatest obstacle to the world's conversion to Christ", the Holy Father said on January 25, 1997, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, as he concluded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at the Roman Basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. Present for the Eucharistic celebration was His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians.

986. Papal Documents - JP2US95A.HTM - Welcome Address, Newark International Airport, October 4, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Returning to America on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations rganization, the Holy Father insists on the continuing importance of the United Nation's founding ideals in a world searching for peace. He calls upon the United States to acknowledge its grave responsibility as an influential model of democracy in today's world and urges the American people to persevere in their commitment to build a society of

987. Papal Documents - JP2ARATH.HTM - Welcome Ceremony Address at Presidential Palace of Athens
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father, after landing at the international airport of Athens on Friday morning, 4 May 2001, went to the Presidential Palace, where a ceremony of welcome took place. In his address to the President, Mr. Kostas Stephanopoulos, the Pope said, "My wish is in some way to recognize the great debt which we all owe to Greece". PAUL PLATO ARISTOTLE EUROPE

988. Papal Documents - JP970202.HTM - Welcome the Light of Christ's Revelation!
John Paul II

"Together with the elderly Simeon and the prophetess Anna, let us go to meet the Lord in his temple. Let us welcome the light of his Revelation, committing ourselves to spreading it among our brothers and sisters in view of the now imminent Great Jubilee of the Year 2000", the Holy Father said in his homily on Sunday, February 2, 1997, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, during the Mass he celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica. The Pope made particular reference to the World Day for Consecrated Life, which is being celebrated for the first time this year.

989. Papal Documents - JP2CONSE.HTM - What Would the World Be, Ancient and Modern, Without Consecrated Life?
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's homily given on October 29, 1994 at the conclusion of the world Synod of Bishops on the consecrated life in the Church. JOHN PAUL II SYNOD BISHOP CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS

990. Papal Documents - JP961113.HTM - Wipe out the tragic scandal of hunger
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II General Audience, November 13, 1996.

991. Papal Documents - JP960410.HTM - Woman's Moral Nobility
John Paul II

General Audience of April 10, 1996

992. Papal Documents - JP950827.HTM - Women Have Much to Offer in Political Life
Pope John Paul II

8/27/95

993. Papal Documents - JP2BVM15.HTM - Women's Indispensable Role in Salvation History
Pope John Paul II

The role of certain Old Testament women in the salvation of Israel was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 27 March 1996. The Pope considered their indispensable role as prefiguring Mary's mission in salvation history in his 15th reflection of the series. For the series, see Index Page.

994. Papal Documents - JP2WOMPC.HTM - Women: Teachers of Peace
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's message for the 1995 World Day of Peace, Jan. 1, 1995. See file below. JOHN PAUL II WOMEN PEACE MARY

995. Papal Documents - JP2PCE05.HTM - World Day of Peace: 1 January 2005
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II made a New Year's plea (1-1-05) to believers of all faiths and to those who accept the "universal moral law" to promote peace through dialogue, justice and forgiveness. The Pope made the plea in St. Peter's Basilica today during the Mass he presided over on the 38th World Day of Peace, whose theme was "Do Not Be Overcome by Evil, but Overcome Evil With Good." UNIVERSAL MORAL LAW AFRICA POLITICS COMMON GOOD FOREIGN DEBT

996. Papal Documents - JP950611.HTM - World Mission Day, October 22, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Looking ahead to World Mission Day the Holy Father asks us to 'implore from the Lord an ever greater zeal for evangelization: the first and greatest service which Christians can offer the women and men of our time marked by hatred, violence, injustice and, in particular, by the loss of the true meaning of life.' June 11, 1995 JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS EVANGELIZATION WORLD MISSION DAY

997. Papal Documents - JP951126.HTM - World Youth Day 1996
Pope John Paul II

Message to Young People for the 11th World Youth Day in 1996.

998. Papal Documents - JP2CHAPS.HTM - You Bring Christ to the Academic World
Pope John Paul II

On 25 September 1999, the Holy Father met participants in a world meeting of those entrusted by Episcopal Conferences with responsibility for university chaplaincies. The Holy Father reminded his listeners that the aim of every apostolic effort in the university world "must be to enable young people, teachers and everyone who works in the academic world to meet Christ personally". EDUCATION CULTURE JUBILEE

999. Papal Documents - JP970201.HTM - Your Faithful Will Benefit From Sound Reflection on the Creed
John Paul II

"It is the duty of every believer to take part in building up society, putting himself at the service of his brothers and sisters through the quest for the common good", the Holy Father said on February 1, 1997, to the fourth group of Bishops from France whom he received during their ad limina visit.