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Pope John Paul II: A Reader
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Pope John Paul II: A Reader

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Paulist Press 2007

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In a papacy that lasted more than a quarter of a century, Pope John Paul II left a huge amount of official teaching through encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, and letters, homilies, addresses, and other published texts. This anthology has been selected from his many writings, with introductions explaining their importance and place in Catholic doctrine.

Jesuit priests Daniel Kendall, Jeffrey LaBelle, and Gerald O’Collins draw upon the most important examples of the pope’s teachings—relying on primary sources, not paraphrases—and provide comprehensive information about sources for those who wish to pursue further study. The book arranges Pope John Paul II’s teaching according to 12 themes, including revelation, the human condition, the sacraments, and spirituality. Each chapter, and some sections of chapters, have brief introductions to aid the reader.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Take a look at The Audiences and Apostolic Writings of Pope John Paul II for more of John Paul II’s papal writings.

Key Features

  • Draws on the clearest examples of John Paul II’s teachings
  • Situates the teaching within Catholic doctrine
  • Provides an organized anthology of the various areas of the pope’s teaching


  • Revelation, Faith, Tradition, and Scripture
  • Faith and Reason
  • The Triune God and Jesus Christ
  • The Human Condition
  • Present Grace and Future Glory
  • The Sacraments and Worship
  • The Church and Her Mission
  • Other Christians and Other Religions
  • Principles for Human and Christian Life
  • The Social Doctrine of the Church
  • Respect for Life
  • Christian Spirituality

Praise for the Print Edition

I consider it my essential and personal mission not so much to produce many new documents, but to see to it that [John Paul II’s] documents are assimilated, because they are a very rich treasure, the authentic interpretation of Vatican II.

Pope Benedict XVI

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About the Author

Daniel Kendall, SJ, is professor of theology at the University of San Francisco and book review editor for Theological Studies.

Jeffrey LaBelle, SJ, holds a doctorate in international and multicultural education from the University of San Francisco. He is currently an assistant professor in the School of Education at Marquette University.

Gerald O’Collins, SJ, is a Jesuit priest and former dean of theology at Gregorian University in Rome. He is an honorary research fellow of MCD University of Divinity and an honorary adjunct professor at Australian Catholic University. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Melbourne, and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1963. He earned his PhD from Cambridge University in 1968. He taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1974 to 2006. He holds several honorary doctorates, and has earned many awards and honors. In 2006 he was made a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his contributions to theological scholarship and ecumenical initiatives. He is author or coauthor of 60 books, including A Concise Dictionary of Theology, 3rd ed., and Jesus: A Portrait and The Legacy of John Paul II.

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