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John Paul II, the first Polish pope, was a religious leader whose convictions transformed the Catholic Church and changed the course of history. Published just in time for Easter and the first anniversary of John Paul II's death, this accessible guide explores the late pontiff's role in the overthrow of Communism in Eastern Europe, his outreach to third-world countries, his travels throughout the world, his efforts to build bridges to Judaism and the Eastern Orthodox Church, and his views on secular ideologies, gender issues, the role of women, and the future of the Church. John Wiley & Sons Inc.
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
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