André P. DeBATTISTA: John Paul II and the European Ideal
André P. DeBATTISTA

André P. DeBATTISTA

John Paul II and the European Ideal

There are no doubts on St John Paul II’s credentials to be considered co-Patron of Europe. He was one of Europe’s most outstanding figures; one of the few in the twentieth century who understood that one could be a great patriot and European.

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…

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”.

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

Prof. 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”

Chantal DELSOL: Il polacco che ci aprì gli occhi
Prof. Chantal DELSOL

Prof. Chantal DELSOL

Il polacco che ci aprì gli occhi

In realtà fu lui che, con la sua stessa presenza, affrontò ciò che lo storico François Furet chiamava “il fascino universale dell’Ottobre”. Il mio Paese, la Francia, impiegò molto tempo per comprendere il comunismo. Più di altri paesi occidentali, tranne forse l’Italia. Negli anni Settanta l’intellighenzia francese era ancora fortemente marxista o filomarxista, ed il Partito Comunista (PC) aveva una forte posizione. Si era spesso sentito dire che L’Archipelago GULag fu in realtà scritto dalla CIA… Le ragioni di ciò…

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.”

Prof. George WEIGEL: Giovanni Paolo II - uno dei grandi liberatori
Prof. George WEIGEL

Prof. George WEIGEL

Giovanni Paolo II - uno dei grandi liberatori

Giovanni Paolo II insistette a collegare la vera libertà umana alla verità, soprattutto alla verità morale. Vivere nella verità era necessario per lui per vivere una vita nobile in libertà

Prof. George WEIGEL: The continuing importance of John Paul II
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…

Maciej ZIĘBA OP: L'eredità di un “Ragazzo polacco”
Maciej ZIĘBA OP

Maciej ZIĘBA OP

L'eredità di un “Ragazzo polacco”

Giovanni Paolo II fu il primo Papa ad apprezzare il ruolo di uno stato di diritto democratico e di un’economia di libero mercato. Ma non incondizionatamente.

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

Prof. 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.

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.

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.