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Jul
16

Karol Jozef Wojtyla who is known to the world as Pope John Paul II was born in Poland on 18th of May 1920. He was the first and the only Polish Pope. Pope John Paul II was a man of very humble beginnings and who could predict that he would emerge as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. He has got infinite achievements in his life time which is bringing him closer and closer to sainthood. Although the fact that he is the first and only Pope that Poland has produced is enough to make this country and its people proud, there are a few very

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Jul
13

The mid-20th century witnessed the rise and development of media, and even the Catholic Church could not deny its impact. Pope John Paul II recognized the development of media as one of the greatest steps of progress made by the modern society. Whether television, radio or, internet, the Pope knew how to put them into best use. He was one of the most media friendly personalities of the 20th century. In Italy, Pope John Paul II was known as ‘Il Papa Del Sorriso’ or, the Smiling Pope; and ‘Il Sorriso di Dio’ meaning God’s smile. Time magazine referred to him as the September Pope. As much as the Pope was

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Jul
10

On the 8th of April 2005, at the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the crowd had chanted ‘Santo Subito’ which means, “Make him a saint now”. Although Pope John Paul II is the most high profile candidate for sainthood in modern times, his beatification, like any others will have to pass through stringent procedures. According to church rules, ‘opening a cause’ that is the first step towards sainthood cannot be initiated until the lapse of five years after the death of the person. This five year period helps all emotions following the demise of a person to settle down and provides enough time for gathering data and witness supporting

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Jul
04

‘Jesus Christ, the true light that enlightens everyone’… ‘Veritatis Splendor’, (Latin for ‘the Splendor of Truth’), an encyclical by Pope John Paul II was promulgated on 6th August 1993 and was addressed to all Bishops of the Catholic Church. It aims to express the role of the Catholic Church in moral teaching. The latter half of the 20th century witnessed the rise of questions on moral theology. The ‘Veritatis Splendor’ was a response to this issue. This encyclical expresses the authority of the Catholic Church in guiding people through questions about man’s ability to discern ‘good’, existence of ‘evil’, role of human freedom and conscience etc. According to Pope John

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Jul
01

The reign of Pope John Paul II as the supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City may have brought him the acclamation of being one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, it had also got him surrounded with a number of debatable controversies. The letters between him and Dr. Wanda Poltawska can be mentioned as one of the major controversies that had almost resulted in delaying his beatification. Dr. Poltawska was severely criticized for her decision to publish fifty years of private correspondence between her and the (late) Pope. While Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz claimed that this relationship is purely fictional, Father

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