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May
23

A look at John Paul II’s philosophy would clearly indicate the amount of importance and significance that he gave to the element of peace. He was of the firm belief that it was only by promoting peace that the problems of mankind could be resolved. His speech on 1st January, 1995 on the World Peace Day sufficiently encapsulates his views on peace. He clearly mentioned the fact that the time has come to put an end to war and violence which cause nothing but bloodshed and suffering. He also felt that the present situation could not be changed until everyone from individual citizens, families and churches to believers, international organizations

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May
11

The papacy of Pope John Paul II began on the 16th of October 1978 as the 264th Pope and since then, till his last day as the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church he had accomplished more than many of his predecessors did. Through his twenty-seven years of papacy, he was acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. His was the third longest papacy in history, following Saint Peter and Pope Pius IX. He dedicated his life to the cause of peace and harmony in the world. He was the gentle listener to all who came to him and was tough when it came

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Apr
26

The influence of Pope John Paul II on the political front on many nations, especially the ones that had been under the oppression of dictatorships, has been colossal. Although, being the Pope, he could not directly interfere with the running of the State affairs of any country whatsoever, but he could, as the moral benchmark for Roman Catholics all over the world, exercise his authority to a considerable extent. It is known to all that he was highly critical of dictators, and left no stone unturned to convince them to grant democracy to its people. The Pope had first hand experience in facing the damages caused to freedom and dignity

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Apr
11

‘Three times to the moon and back’ . . . if you are thinking we are talking about any space-ships here, you are mistaken. This is the total distance covered by the ex Vatican sovereign Pope John Paul II while traveling around the world. It was for this reason that he was called the ‘Pilgrim Pope’. He visited one hundred and four countries outside Italy in a span of twenty seven and a half years of his papacy which is more than the pastoral trips of any of his predecessors. The Pope attracted colossal crowds wherever he went and some of the crowd collections were among the largest ever recorded

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Apr
08

Karol Jozef Wojtyla who is known to the world as Pope John Paul II had ascended to Papacy in the year of 1978 (October 16th). He was the successor to Pope John Paul I who was in office for an unbelievably short period of time. Wrapped up in numerous controversies over his almost three decades of Papacy, he had left the world with a wealth of teachings that is upheld even to this day and has also been the reason that led him to a speedy beatification process. Having lived at a time of Holocaust, the Pope when still a young man realized how necessary Peace was to the world.

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