John Paul II: A Light for the World: Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of John Paul II

John Paul II: A Light for the World: Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of John Paul II

by Mary Ann Walsh, Kofi Annan, Wilton Gregory
     
 

A joint effort between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Communications Campaign and Sheed & Ward, John Paul II: A Light for the World is the definitive commemoration of John Paul II's twenty-fifth anniversary as Pope. This book is an invaluable resource and keepsake for Catholics, spiritual seekers, those interested in history, and

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A joint effort between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Communications Campaign and Sheed & Ward, John Paul II: A Light for the World is the definitive commemoration of John Paul II's twenty-fifth anniversary as Pope. This book is an invaluable resource and keepsake for Catholics, spiritual seekers, those interested in history, and anyone who has been moved by the witness and hopeful message of John Paul II, who is truly a light for the world.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
A splendid gift book of photographs that remind one, as words can scarcely do, just how much this pope has done and has been.
Dallas Morning News
One cannot turn the pages without being drawn in by the photos. . . . This book captures the breadth and depth of John Paul's ministry, but also his personality.
Catholic Light
A stunning collection.
Antelope Valley Press - Norman Shoaf
John Paul II: A light for the World is a big, handsome volume, lush wih more than 140 rarely seen photographs of the pope's quarter century in service, and full of insight into the courageous pastor who guides more than 1 billion Catholics around the world and who has left an indelible mark on history.
Catholic Press Association
This visually beautiful book is an absolute treasure in how it presents everything the Catholic Church stands for through the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II. The presentation of Catholicism here vibrates with life because it comes from the breath of the very one who was chosen to be Christ for the generations living in this period in history.
The Catholic Light
A stunning collection.
The Dallas Morning News
One cannot turn the pages without being drawn in by the photos. . . . This book captures the breadth and depth of John Paul's ministry, but also his personality.
Publishers Weekly
As the pope's silver jubilee approaches, publishers are gearing up with all manner of tributes to the beloved pontiff. This coffee-table book, with memorable full-color images by official Vatican photographers and reflections by many people who have had personal encounters with John Paul II, may be the pick of the crop. As imprimaturs go, it has an impeccable pedigree: it is an official commemorative book commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Also, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan weighs in with a foreword highlighting the pope's commitment to international human rights. The book is divided into three sections, exploring the pope's roles as pastor (including his leadership in family life issues and his stand against sexual abuse in the priesthood); a pilgrim (highlighting the more than 700,000 miles the pope has traveled in his tenure); and prophet (discussing his ethical stance on issues such as human rights, racism, labor and the death penalty). Throughout, various cardinals, monsignori and archbishops share brief anecdotes about their personal encounters with the man who was born Karol Wojtyla. While some of these are so fawning as to remove any trace of humanity from the man, other remembrances are candid and humorous. The book's photographs, which span the course of his 25-year papacy, show him interacting with people all over the world, and also depict some private moments. The book closes with a brief chronology of John Paul II's life, as well as synopses of his encyclicals and other key writings. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's pontificate, this official festschrift was compiled by Walsh (RSM), along with 30 other directors, deputies, advisers, and coordinators at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. These admiring contributors have written a series of short, respectful essays extolling the pastoral, missionary, and prophetic aspects of his ministry, accompanied by exclusive photographs from Auturo Mari, the papal photographer. Interspersed throughout this lavish work are brief descriptions by leading U.S. church figures of their most intimate encounters with the Holy Father. The book also includes a brief biography of Karol Wojtyla, an outline of significant events, lists of those canonized and beatified, the pope's itineraries around the world, and descriptions of all encyclicals and other key letters authored by the pope. A helpful glossary and index complete this attractive work. Libraries may consider this title over Pope John Paul II: Reaching Out Across Borders from Reuters because of the greater amount of biographical, factual, and textual material; however, this is a gift book. Those interested in a more standard biography may still want to consider George Weigel's Witness to Hope. Recommended for select libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781580511421
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
836,029
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.79(d)

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