He was formed all from freedom. Freedom, based on God and faith, that took a key place in his social teaching. After all he spoke in a strong voice in defense of the poor and the oppressed, but he was also able to shout with a firm word, draw attention to some evil he saw. Then, we were clapping at that time when he spoke ... Was that right? John Paul’s absolute freedom is difficult to learn even, to understand, but it is crucial - especially today - not only because he brought the world out of communism, but also because he brought the Christ into it.

In our time there are more and more enslavement. Reducing John Paul II solely to the role of a liberator, a world leader, seems somehow harmful. And although many have tried to rethink the legacy of Karol Wojtyła - on the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

Are we missing something? After all, he was not only a brilliant mind, not only a giant of the spirit, but also a beautiful person, whose smile and voice we remember as if we only saw each other yesterday. For many – in Africa, America or Asia – was Pope John Paul II the first to visit those countries, leading Christianity out of the Eurocentric clinch.

After all, maybe this is freedom? A constant return to faith and eternal values, which John Paul II preached even in the most difficult times?

Michał KŁOSOWSKI

Cardinal Stanisław DZIWISZ: John Paul II ahead of his time Cardinal Stanisław DZIWISZ: John Paul II ahead of his time
Kardynał Stanisław Dziwisz

Kardynał Stanisław Dziwisz

John Paul II ahead of his time

In times of progressive atomisation and anomie of social life, he was focusing on solidarity as a fundamental rule of collective life. For him, it was a social translation of love, inspired by the words of Saint Paul: “Carry one another’s burdens”.

Abp Stanisław GĄDECKI: John Paul II did not avoid difficult issues Abp Stanisław GĄDECKI: John Paul II did not avoid difficult issues
Abp Stanisław GĄDECKI

Abp Stanisław GĄDECKI

John Paul II did not avoid difficult issues

Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, was born in the year of the Battle of Warsaw when Poland saved Europe from Soviet communism invasion. He experienced the Nazi occupation during the World War II, and the communist rule afterwards. His confrontation with the two totalitarian systems: the German and Russian regimes, as well as experience of working along with the working class, deeply influenced his perception of the world.  When he became Pope “from a distant country”, distance in this…

Chantal DELSOL: The Pole Who Opened Our Eyes Chantal DELSOL: The Pole Who Opened Our Eyes
Chantal DELSOL

Chantal DELSOL

The Pole Who Opened Our Eyes

n truth, it was him who, by his sheer presence, did away with what historian François Furet calls “the universal charm of October”

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Mateusz MORAWIECKI

Mateusz MORAWIECKI

The Grand Pope fulfilled hopes

John Paul II not only changed the course of history, but he also helped us to better understand it – writes Mateusz MORAWIECKI .The​ ​year 2020 is filled with anniversaries, often interconnected, which have a special and significant meaning in the history of Poland. This year, we mark not only the centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II, but also the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw, which saved Poland and Europe from the advancing Soviet forces. It was…

Marin O'BRIEN: A non-Italian pope and one from behind the Iron Curtain! Marin O'BRIEN: A non-Italian pope and one from behind the Iron Curtain!
Martin O’BRIEN

Martin O’BRIEN

A non-Italian pope and one from behind the Iron Curtain!

In Ireland John Paul II is most remembered for his heartfelt plea in Drogheda – greeted by wild applause – “in language of passionate pleading” to those engaged in violence : “On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence and return to the ways of peace.”

Krzysztof ZANUSSI: What Will Be His Legacy? Krzysztof ZANUSSI: What Will Be His Legacy?
Krzysztof ZANUSSI

Krzysztof ZANUSSI

What Will Be His Legacy?

He rehabilitated Galileo and admitted the Church made a mistake at the trial. He saw it as an essential correction of the Church’s position on science, scientific freedom, and the separation of areas where faith and science are independent of one another.

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Prof. George WEIGEL

Prof. George WEIGEL

The continuing importance of John Paul II

John Paul II insisted on the linkage between genuine human freedom and truth, especially moral truth. Living in the truth was essential to living freedom nobly – writes Prof. George WEIGEL Shortly after John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, Henry Kissinger described him as the emblematic figure of the late twentieth century. That judgment certainly had to do with John Paul’s pivotal role in the collapse of European communism. As the years after his death lengthen, however, it…

Prof. Józef KLOCH: Pope and the media – a new beginning Prof. Józef KLOCH: Pope and the media – a new beginning
Ks. prof. Józef KLOCH

Ks. prof. Józef KLOCH

Pope and the media – a new beginning

John Paul II argued that – in the new “computer culture” – the Church could inform the world faster about its credo as well as explain its position on any problem or event.

Tatsuo SHIRAHAMA: True Peace, True Faith Tatsuo SHIRAHAMA: True Peace, True Faith
Tatsuo SHIRAHAMA

Tatsuo SHIRAHAMA

True Peace, True Faith

St. John Paul II made history in February 1981 becoming the first pontiff to visit Japan, a non-Christian country with a deep and faithful hidden Christian history behind.

Massimo FAGGIOLI: John Paul II, the last European pope Massimo FAGGIOLI: John Paul II, the last European pope
Massimo FAGGIOLI

Massimo FAGGIOLI

John Paul II, the last European pope

In some sense John Paul II was the last European pope: he was the successor to the last Italian popes (Paul VI and the very brief papacy of John Paul I), before the global turn of Catholicism that is developing under our very eyes.

Prof. Wojciech ROSZKOWSKI: The Pope of Providence from Poland Prof. Wojciech ROSZKOWSKI: The Pope of Providence from Poland
Prof. Wojciech ROSZKOWSKI

Prof. Wojciech ROSZKOWSKI

The Pope of Providence from Poland

The Pope’s message largely contributed to the creation of “Solidarity”, perhaps the largest in history social movement considering the size of the country’s population

Prof. Arkady RZEGOCKI: The Pope of Solidarity  Prof. Arkady RZEGOCKI: The Pope of Solidarity 
Prof. Arkady RZEGOCKI

Prof. Arkady RZEGOCKI

The Pope of Solidarity 

This legacy of St John Paul II resonates strongly as we navigate our way through the Covid-19 crisis.

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Jan ROKITA

Jan ROKITA

Beautiful Polish times

He was a national authority in the very meaning that Hannah Arendt once gave this concept: he gave advice that could not be ignored in Poland without fear.

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