John Paul II For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 22, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages
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The first Polish Pope, John Paul II, was a thinker and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach toward world politics—and changed the course of history. When he died on April 2, 2005, millions around the world mourned his passing. No other person in recent history has had such a tremendous display of respect and honor. The fact that so many non-Catholics honored this man attests to his effect on the world—and not just within his own religion.

Now, you can get to know the man behind the papacy and appreciate his remarkable achievements. John Paul II For Dummies is a friendly, plain-English guide to the life and legacy of one of the world's most beloved religious leaders. You'll discover:

  • The Pope's influences
  • His personal struggles
  • How he impacted the Church
  • His approach to world politics
  • The ways he spread his message
  

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Contents

Getting to Know John Paul II
5
The Part of Tens 269
6
Getting to Know John Paul II
9
John Paul II A Man for All Seasons
11
Looking at the Landscape of JP2s Life
27
Discovering the Man Who Would Be Pope
47
Identifying Early Influences in John Paul IIs Life
57
Building the Foundation of His Thinking and Reasoning
71
Slaying the Dragon Helping to Defeat the Evil Empire
187
Sanctifying the Saints and Saintly of the World
201
Giving Hope to the Young World Youth Day
209
Embracing Modernity
223
A MediaSavvy Pope
235
Exploring Sainthood
243
Concerning the Future of the Papacy
253
Ten Or So Reasons That Pope John Paul II
271

Continuing the Legacy of Others
79
Continuing the Council Understanding Vatican II
97
Holding the Line Reinforcing Church
111
Defending a Civilization of Life versus a Culture of Death
129
Putting His Unique Stamp on the Papacy
145
Putting His Unique Stamp on the Papacy 145 Chapter 10 Keeping Up to Date Moving
147
Internationalizing the Church Making It Catholic
165
Building Bridges Reaching Out to Other Religions
171
Ten Fun Facts about Pope John Paul II
281
Ten Important Papal Encyclicals of John Paul II
287
Ten Notable Beatifications
321
Appendixes
335
Travel Itinerary for John Paul IIs Papacy
343
Index
351
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Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD: A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Father Trigilio serves as the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Marysville, Pennsylvania) and St. Bernadette Catholic Churches (Duncannon, Pennsylvania). He is the President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and Executive Editor of its quarterly journal, Sapientia magazine. Father Trigilio is a co-host of two weekly TV series on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN): Web of Faith and Crash Course in Catholicism. He also serves as a theological consultant and online spiritual advisor for EWTN. He was listed in Who’s Who in America in 1993 and Who’s Who in Religion in 1999 and is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) in 1988.

Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD: A native of New Britain, Connecticut, Father Brighenti serves as pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church (Raritan, New Jersey). He is the Managing Editor of Sapientia magazine, a member of the Board of Directors for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and is co-host of Crash Course in Catholicism, a weekly TV series on EWTN. Father Brighenti also served as a U.S. Naval Reserve Chaplain for ten years and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Metuchen (New Jersey) in 1988. He and Father Trigilio co-authored Catholicism For Dummies (2003), The Everything Bible Book (2004), and Women in the Bible For Dummies (2005).

Rev. Jonathan Toborowsky, MA: A native of Port Reading, New Jersey, Father Toborowsky serves as Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Catholic Church (Alpha, New Jersey). He is the host and moderator of Proclaim the Good News, a weekly radio show, and an online theological advisor for Ave Maria Single Catholics Online. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Metuchen (New Jersey) in 1998.

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