The John Paul II & John XXIII Canonization Bundle contains the most important writings of two pope-saints who had a tremendous impact on the twentieth century. John Paul II made major contributions to interfaith relations and was named one of the most influential leaders of our time, while John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council—the assembly that changed the face of Catholic life and worship worldwide in the 1960s.
Delve into the encyclical letters, in which these popes share their thoughts with the world, applying Christian doctrine to the immediate circumstances of the day. Study the Apostolic Constitutions and Exhortations to deepen your understanding of papal teachings on Christian living and theology and their implications for the twentieth century and beyond. Review the documents of Vatican II—essential for understanding the last 50 years’ spirited, and sometimes contentious, conversations within Catholicism.
This bundle consists of 92 volumes and contains the 14 encyclicals of John Paul II, and all 8 by John XXIII—as well as their Apostolic Constitutions and Exhortations. It also includes Vatican II Documents, John Paul II’s groundbreaking Love and Responsibility, and his volume Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body—which contains his insights on sex, the body, and the human person. Most volumes are presented in both English and Latin.
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John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyla) (1920–2005) served as Pope for 26 years (1978–2005). In 1942, he felt called to the priesthood and began courses in the clandestine seminary of Krakow. Wojtyla was ordained to the priesthood on November 1, 1946, and shortly after, was sent to Rome where he worked under Garrigou-Lagrange. In 1958 he was appointed as the titular bishop of Ombi and auxiliary of Krakow and in 1964 was appointed as the archbishop or Krakow. Three years later, he was elevated to Cardinal.
In 1978, Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope, where he took on the name John Paul II. As Pope, he was instrumental in ending communism in his native Poland. He significantly improved the Catholic Church’s relationship with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He has been acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century.
John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) (1881–1963) led the Catholic Church and was head of state for the Vatican City from 1958 until his death.
Ordained a priest in 1904, Roncalli completed his ThD the same year in Rome. He was a lecturer in the seminary of Bergamo, Italy, from 1914 until he was drafted into the Royal Italian Army during World War I, where he served as a sergeant in the medical corps and as a chaplain. When he left the army in 1919, he was named spiritual director of the seminary at Bergamo.
In 1944, Pope Pius XII named Roncalli the Apostolic Nuncio to France, where Roncalli worked to negotiate the retirement of bishops who collaborated with the German occupying power during World War II. He worked tirelessly during World War II to assist in the transportation of Jews away from Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, and Italy to places of safer refuge.
In 1953, he was appointed Patriarch of Venice and was promoted to Cardinal by Pope Pius XII. After Pope Pius XII’s death five years later, Roncalli was elected pope. During his papacy, he worked to purify the Church of anti-semitism, called the Second Vatican Council, offered to mediate between President John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruschev during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and frequently made pastoral visits to various parish hospitals, prisons, and churches in Rome.
He passed away on June 3rd, 1963. His last words, spoken three days prior, began, “I had the great grace to be born into a Christian family, modest and poor, but with the fear of the Lord. My time on earth is drawing to a close. But Christ lives on and continues his work in the Church. Souls, souls, Ut omnes unum sint.”