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John Paul II For Dummies

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.

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

    Rev. John Trigilio Jr, PhD, and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, explain the vision and perspective of the man known as the “people's pope.” You’ll come to know John Paul II's early influences and defining moments as well as his personal successes and tragedies. You'll trace his career from priesthood to bishop to the papacy as the authors reveal:


  • The effect he had on Vatican II
  • How he defended and upheld church teaching and tradition
  • The pivotal reforms he enacted
  • His role in such important events as the fall of Communism and the Vatican/Israel negotiation
  • John Paul's views on anti-Semitism, forgiveness, and the role of women in the Church
  • His efforts to help young people
  • From the controversial topics he denounced—abortion, the death penalty—to his efforts to dialogue with other faiths to the current process to make him a saint, John Paul II For Dummies gives you a complete understanding of this celebrated man and his incredibly meaningful life.

    See also:
    Catholicism for Dummies
    Women in the Bible For Dummies
    Catholicism and Saints for Dummies Set
    Saints for Dummies

Dimensions & Specifications

  • ISBN: 9780471773825
  • Author: Rev. John Trigilio, Jr.,PhD, Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, Rev. Jonathan Tob
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Saint: Pope Saint John Paul II

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Good reference to a saintly life.

Review: Good chronological reference. Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written
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