Teachings of John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was well known for his missionary and charismatic spirit. A great communicator worldwide, he attracted people in droves and made meaningful gestures. He also wrote considerably: 14 encyclicals, 15 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions, and 45 apostolic letters.

With these documents, the pope not only intended to clarify the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the reflections of the episcopal conference delegates at the various synods in Rome and throughout the continents, but also to strive toward a new evangelization and to comment on the ethical issues that are the hot topics of today's world.


The Redeemer of Man (1979)

As soon as the first day after his election, which was on October 16, 1978, Pope John Paul II named the two great orientations that would guide him throughout his pontificate: the implementation of the Second Vatican Council, with the concern for Christian unity, and the advent of the third millennium. To bring about the great changes that would mark the Church and to witness to the Gospel in the contemporary world, in his first encyclical, he invited God's people to cling to Jesus, The Redeemer of Man.

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World Youth Days

In 1984, on Palm Sunday, approximately 250,000 people went to Rome, to celebrate the first WYD. On Palm Sunday in 1985 (the year the UN declared International Year of Youth), 300,000 young people assembled in Rome.

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Theology of Body

Over the past few years, interest in formation on John Paul II's analysis of the theology of the body has been increasing throughout many dioceses here and abroad. From 1979 to 1984, John Paul II formulated his thoughts on marital life in 129 catecheses. They are compiled in one volume entitled, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (Pauline Books and Media, 2006 ).

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