Cold War

The Cold War had a profound effect on John XXIII. In April 1963, he issued the Pacem in Terris encyclical on 'establishing universal peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty.' Are we yet prepared to meet the challenges it poses? 

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Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

A student in Rome throughout John XXIII's pontificate, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson met the Pope two days after his election, when Cardinal Gilroy took Sydney students with him for his Papal visit.

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By his own hand

Pope John XXIII issued two major encyclicals, Mater et Magistra and Pacem in Terris, in which he called the faithful and people of good will to work toward the common good. Inside is a collection of links to his writings.

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By his own hand

Pope John Paul II emphasised social justice and human rights in his encyclicals Centesimus Annus and Laborem Exercens. He reached out to other religions and expressed a preference for the poor. Inside are links to his papal publications.

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Cardinal Pell greets the Pope

Pope John Paul II elevated George Pell to the Sacred College of Cardinals in 2003. Here, the former Archbishop of Sydney reflects on the legacy of the man.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict

'My memory of John Paul II is filled with gratitude. I cannot and must not try to imitate him, but I have sought to carry forward his legacy': Benedict XVI shared some personal recollections of Pope John Paul II in  a recent interview.

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Easter message

Vatican Radio takes us back to Easter messages from Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. John XXIII wishes the faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square a Happy Easter in English, a language he never quite mastered. John Paul II speaks of the Resurrection of Christ and of the message of the Angel to the holy women.

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A worksite tour in Australia, 1986

John Paul II updated the body of papal documents on Catholic social teaching. Building on the first groundbreaking social 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum of Leo XIII, he sought a new dialogue with the world on capital and labour.

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Pope Francis

In 2003, then Archbishop Bergoglio made the following address to a group of pilgrims from the Diocese of Bergano, who were visiting St Peter's Basilica on the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John XXIII.

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Cardinal Wojtyla

John Paul II considered himself a 'Man of the Council,' and had attended all four of its sessions himself, being particularly influential in shaping Gaudium et Spesthe Pastoral Constitution of the Church. So what did it mean to him?

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John paul I

His death after just 33 days in office shocked the world. His papacy was one of the shortest of all time, but he left its mark on the Catholic imagination. How might history have been different if Pope John Paul I had lived?

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The Pilgrim Pope

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At the Wailing Wall in 2000

Pope John Paul was one of the most travelled human beings in history. Of all the journeys he undertook as Pontiff, few could match the emotion and symbolism of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Year 2000.

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Cardinal Karol Józef Wojtyła

John Paul II was an actor, philosopher and poet, who witnessed first-hand the brutalities of Nazi and Communist rule of his native Poland and rose at a young age to be a force in the global Church. 

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Pope John Paul II

He was a magnificent Pope who presided over a controversial pontificate, at times daring and defensive, inspiring and insular. John Paul II, 263rd successor of St Peter, left behind the irony of a world more united because of his life and legacy, and a Church more divided, wrote John L. Allen Jnr.

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With Soviet Leader Gorbachev

From the first day of his election, John Paul II's pontificate raised concern in Central Committee Communist headquarters. His 1979 visit to Poland was the detonator of revolution.

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With President George W Bush

In one of his last great acts as a statesman, John Paul lobbied for peace in the Post-9/11 World. If his protests went unheaded, the succession of world leaders visiting him in Rome to discuss the crisis was a mark of the stature of his papacy.

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The statesman

John Paul's reign was one of the longest ever. In his 27-year Pontificate, it can be easy to overlook some of the key points that marked his life and his Papacy. Here are a few examples.

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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul came to Rome determined to deal with two historical events that fuelled anti-Catholicism: the condemnation of Galileo and the Inquisition, writes Ivan Kauffman.

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1986 visit to Alice Springs

John Paul's speech to Indigenous Australians at Alice Springs in 1986 embodies the most noble shared aspirations of Aboriginal Catholics and those wanting to see Aborigines take their place in the Australian Church, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ.

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Three US Presidents pay homage

The funeral of Pope John Paul II drew presidents, prime ministers, and crowned heads of State along with millions of pilgrims to Rome. The 'kiss of peace' even brought the warring presidents of Israel and Iran to shake hands.

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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