By Pope Saint John Paul II
Referred to as the Pilgrim Pope, a pope of the folk, John Paul II attached along with his flock from the top to the bottom. He was once considered one of history's such a lot loved popes between Catholics and non-Catholics alike, a guy whose indomitable spirit touched and taught us all. A yr with John Paul II showcases his most crucial teachings in addition to his inspirational writings, in an everyday devotional structure that would encourage readers and deepen their reflections and meditations. With a foreword by means of Cardinal William W. Baum, head of the Holy See's significant reformatory and previous archbishop of Washington DC, an creation through Bishop William Murphy, and a relocating eulogy composed for the pope's funeral through Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), A 12 months with John Paul II will take readers on a year-long non secular trip with this deeply non secular and encouraging guy. Karol Wojyla used to be born on could 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He survived the Nazi profession in the course of international warfare II and was once ordained to the priesthood in 1946. He used to be appointed archbishop of Krakow by means of Pope Paul VI. On October sixteen, 1978, he ascended to the papacy, taking the identify John Paul II. in the course of his papacy he greeted an anticipated 16 million pilgrims on the Vatican's common audiences. Pope John Paul II died in April 2005.
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