Pope John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was born on May 18th 1920 in Wadowice, Poland and died April 2nd 2005, in Vatican City. He was the 264th Pope of the Catholic Church from October 16 1978 to April 2 2005. He was the first non-Italian Pope since Dutch Pope Adrian VI. Pope John Paul II is recognized for helping to end communism in Poland and eventually most of Europe. He was an advocate for human rights and held many strong opinions on different issues. In 2001, his health began to worsen and it was later discovered that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He died 4 years later at the age of 84. On April 27th 2014, a sainthood ceremony was held for Pope John Paul II where he was named a Saint along with Pope John XXIII.

Major Events

The first major event in Pope John Paul II's life is that he became the first non-Italian Pope in more than 400 years. This has had an impact on Catholics today because they had a pope who was different than previous ones. Not being Italian made him different but he was able to travel the world and spread his message of peace and faith. The second major event in his life occured in 1981 when he was shot by an assasin.Fortunately, he was able to survive due to surgery. He later forgave the attacker which made an impact on Catholics because it showed that we should be merciful even to those who may have meant us harm. Many Catholics still remember today that they should forgive others for their mistakes or harm against us.The third major event in Pope John Paul II's life which has made an impact on Catholics today is his use of influence to bring political change to Poland, in which communism had ended. Catholics were impacted by this action because they saw how passionate he was towards trying to bring suffering in the world to an end. Pope John Paul II demonstrated how to be a good Catholic with these events which still impact Catholics today.

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Pope John Paul II

1. "The future starts today, not tomorrow." (Pope John Paul II)2. "Freedom consists not in doing what we like but in having the right to do what we ought." (Pope John Paul II)3. "Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create." (Pope John Paul II)

Pope John Paul II has contributed many things to Catholic teachings. One of which is the Cathechism of the Catholic Church. This is an organized presentation of the essential teachings of the Catholic church in regards to faith and morals. It is a text which teaches Catholic ideals and beliefs. Article 7 VI. Love for the Poor talks about the importance of loving everyone and helping those who are in need. An example of this teaching in the real world is the orginization "Christian Aid." This orginization launched a marketing campaign to encourage donations and support in Christian Aid Week, which is aimed at raising money to help people who are living in poverty. They are committed to the teaching of "Love for the Poor" because they are sharing and spreading the things they have with others who are less fortunate. Pope John Paul II also contributed to people understanding the importance of peace in the world since he survived the Holocust. Whille being a Pope, he traveled to many countries to help achieve peace and spread his teachings. He also taught about many things such as the rights and dignity of women, which is not always present everywhere in the world. An example of his contribution in the real world would be people who are trying to avoid war and keep peace because of the things they have learned about the importance of peace from Pope John Paul II. His teachings brought many positive changes to people's lives all over the world.

Citations

"Pope John Paul II." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 May 2014. Web. 20 May 2014.Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 22 May 2014.


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