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Springtime of Evangelization: The Complete Tests of the Holy Father's 1998 and Lumina Addresses [Paperback]

By John Paul II (Author), Thomas D. Williams (Editor) & Richard John Neuhaus (Foreword by)
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A valuable collectors item for all Catholics! This book presents the addresses of Pope John Paul II to the bishops of the United States on their 1998 ad limina visits to the Vatican. You get all the specifics, right from the Holy Father himself, about how he hopes the New Evangelization will be carried out in the U.S. These exciting and very readable addresses are vintage Pope John Paul. Forward by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Destined to be a classic.

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Pope John Paul II addresses America The complete texts of the Holy Father's 1998 ad limina addresses to American Catholics on many important issues for revitalizing the faith and culture in the US. The pontiff of evangelization offers us compelling and practical advice for how we can participate in the "New Evangelization." Includes moral law, the culture of life, liturgical renewal, the priesthood, and much more.

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Studio: Basilica Press
Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1999
Publisher   Basilica Press
ISBN  0964261030  
ISBN13  9780964261037  

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More About John Paul II, Thomas D. Williams & Richard John Neuhaus

John Paul II John Paul II was elected to the papacy on October 16, 1978. He has written 13 encyclicals, 13 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions, 41 apostolic letters, and two books, Crossing the Threshold of Hope and Gift and Mystery: On the 50th Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination.

Paul II is the first non-Italian pope since 1523 and the first polish pope.

John Paul II was born in 1920 and died in 2005.

John Paul II has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Classic Wisdom Collection
  2. Lifeguide
  3. United States Catholic Conference Publication

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Contra the Naysayers  Dec 7, 2004
In 1978, within a month of his election as Bishop of Rome, John Paul II pledged to "commit my pontificate to the continued genuine application of the Second Vatican Council, under the action of the Holy Spirit." All thirteen of these addresses to the bishops of the United States relate to the concerns of those councils and reflect their language. Although I only know of Vatican II second hand, in the forward Rev. Richard John Neuhaus suggests that the visionary, stirring language of this eminently readable volume also recalls the pontificate of Pope John XXIII.

What makes these talks the more remarkable is when they were given. In 1998, as the world fretted over dire omens of the coming millenium, waiting for the doomsday bug to offline the world's computers, in the Chair of Peter there was eager anticipation as John Paul II prepared for the Great Jubilee 2000, the Year of the Holy Spirit, and the Springtime of Evangelization. The reason for his optimistic outlook is given in the very first meeting, when the bishops of New York came "ad limina apostolorum," to the Vatican and the "doorstep of the apostles." "Freed from sin and washed in the blood of the Lamb, we have truly become children of God, able to turn to him in absolute confidence for we know that he loves us and will never abandon us." Could Billy Graham put it better?

"The men and women of today," he continues, "are yearning for salvation. They wish to rediscover the truth of God's dominion over creation and history, to encounter his self-revelation, and to experience his merciful love in all the dimensions of their lives." For those unfamiliar with the pope's writing, the rest of this surprising book is an exercise in mythbusting. I was certainly taken aback to find this succinct comment on post-modernism as "uncertainty, raised to a principle by which it is denied that we can ever know the truth of things."

I refrain from quoting a great deal more only to spare the casual reader and to let those enticed to read this book delve in for themselves, but at a time when music at Mass and the liturgy are under attack and review, we might consider this penetrating insight made a half decade before: "The use of the vernacular has certainly opened up the treasures of the liturgy to all who take part, but this does not mean that the Latin language, and especially the chants which are so superbly adapted to the genius of the Roman Rite, should be wholly abandoned...the Roman Rite is again distinctive in the balance it strikes between a spareness and a richness of emotion: it feeds the heart and the mind, the body and the soul." And who can fail to be stirred by the spirit of hope that runs through this book and its rallying call: "the challenge is enormous, but the time is right."

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