Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Pope Saint John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is called by some Catholics Saint John Paul the Great. He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate.

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The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity, it is the expression of his personal dignity.

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

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

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

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

You are priests not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.

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

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

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

The unworthy successor of Peter who desires to benefit from the immeasurable wealth of Christ feels the great need of your assistance your prayers your sacrifice and he most humbly asks this of you.

Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.

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

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

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become in a special way the servant of the others.

The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.

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

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

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