John Paul II For Dummies

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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.

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Overview

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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"…get to know the man behind the papacy…friendly, plain-english guide…" (The Universe, January 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471773825
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/18/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: Getting to Know John Paul II.

Chapter 1: John Paul II: A Man for All Seasons.

Chapter 2: Looking at the Landscape of JP2’s Life.

Chapter 3: Discovering the Man Who Would Be Pope.

Chapter 4: Identifying Early Influences in John Paul II’s Life.

Chapter 5: Building the Foundation of His Thinking and Reasoning.

Part II: Continuing the Legacy of Others and the Traditions of the Church.

Chapter 6: Tracing John Paul II’s Career.

Chapter 7: Continuing the Council: Understanding Vatican II.

Chapter 8: Holding the Line: Reinforcing Church Values, Teachings, and Traditions.

Chapter 9: Defending a Civilization of Life versus a Culture of Death.

Part III: Putting His Unique Stamp on the Papacy.

Chapter 10: Keeping Up to Date: Moving the Catholic Church into the Modern Era.

Chapter 11: Internationalizing the Church: Making It “Catholic.”

Chapter 12: Building Bridges: Reaching Out to Other Religions.

Chapter 13: Slaying the Dragon: Helping to Defeat the Evil Empire.

Chapter 14: Sanctifying the Saints and Saintly of the World.

Chapter 15: Giving Hope to the Young: World Youth Day.

Part IV: Embracing Modernity and Looking to the Future.

Chapter 16: The Epic Visits of a Traveling Pope.

Chapter 17: A Media-Savvy Pope.

Chapter 18: Exploring Sainthood.

Chapter 19: Concerning the Future of the Papacy.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Reasons That Pope John Paul II Was Truly the “People’s Pope.”

Chapter 21: Ten Fun Facts about Pope John Paul II.

Chapter 22: Ten Important Papal Encyclicals of John Paul II.

Chapter 23: Ten Notable Beatifications and Canonizations of Pope John Paul II.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: A Brief Chronology of Pope John Paul II’s Life and Times.

Appendix B: Travel Itinerary for John Paul II’s Papacy.

Index.

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