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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Siding with oppressors?

Tony Blair's questionable bed fellows, French rift, South Korean ferry disaster, Cardinal Tagle, Syria, Solomon Islands, Boko Haram, Catholic patriarchs pray for peace in Mid East, Logistics of the Canonisations.

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Geraldine Doogue

Geraldine Doogue in Jerusalem, Catholic bookshop cops woman's anger, vale Fr Lou Heriot, Perth 40 Day's Campaign, ecumenical funeral, a 'spiritual Bunnings,' Chrism Mass, our Catholic Cabinet.

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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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Icons of the 1960s

ABC Radio National's Encounter program had this special report on the plump bon viveur who became Pope and changed the world. 

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Joining the saints

A look at the roads to sainthood followed by Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. 

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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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Fr Thomas Rosica

Theories abound as to why Francis decided on a joint canonisation. Amid all the talk of politics, Fr Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light TV and the Holy See Press Office, reminds us of the true meaning of sainthood.

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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 Allen of The Boston Globe

Some traditionalists fault John XXIII for weakening the Church. Liberals sometimes complain that John Paul II 'rolled back the clock' on Vatican II’s reforming spirit. What can be read into a joint-canonisation, asks John Allen.

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Popular acclaim

Pope John Paul II was a holy man but is it too soon to call him a Saint, asks Paddy Agnew in The Irish Times.

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Dietrich von Hildebrand

Una Voce, an international lay movement that seeks to preserve the Latin liturgy, has republished this 1966 piece by the philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, who has been an influence on Pope Benedict XVI.

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St Marys Cathedral in Sydney

Australians can participate in the celebrations by attending Masses of thanksgiving and live coverage of the canonisations in Rome. Read where.

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Rome is ready

America's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says that, in the Catholic Church, saints are usually 'museum pieces' who lived hundreds of years ago. But this will not be the case with Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, reports CBS.

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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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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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