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The Gospel of Life: Evangelium Vitae, on the Value and Inviolability of Human Life [Paperback]

By John Paul II (Author)
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Reaffirming the "greatness and inestimable value of human life," Pope John Paul II discusses in this encyclical letter the present-day legal, ethical, and moral threats to life. In view of today's climate of practical materialism, he addresses, among other issues: * abortion * artificial reproduction techniques * contraception * death penalty * euthanasia * legitimate defense * sterilization * suicide. The Holy Father encourages the faithful to promote and develop the Christian message concerning life, based on the goodness and dignity of life and on the human responsibility to share in the fullness and truth of God's love. In order to build a new culture of human life through prayer and action, he welcomes evangelization efforts and stresses the role of the family in bringing this to fruition. Noting the unique role of women in promoting a "new feminism" that overcomes discrimination, violence, and exploitation, the pope recognizes the witness of love through motherhood and also adds a special word to women who have had an abortion. The letter concludes by looking to Jesus, in order that all may contemplate the life that was made manifest, and to the example and solace of Mary, who is the mother of life.

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Reaffirming the greatness and inestimable value of human life, Pope John Paul II discusses in this encyclical letter the present-day legal, ethical, and moral threats to life.

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Studio: USCCB Publishing
Pages   196
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 4.92" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1995
Publisher   USCCB Publishing
ISBN  1555863167  
ISBN13  9781555863166  

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More About John Paul II

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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The best treatise on the sanctity of human life ever written  Oct 27, 2001
Let me just say that I love this document. I read it with a highlighter in hand just so I could highlight every beautiful line--there are many. Never have I seen the Catholic standpoint on abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment so succinctly and beautifully presented. This book is a must read for all Christians of all denominations. I can't begin to convey how great and life changing this book is--even if you already agree with everything in it about the present culture of death in the modern world. Pope John Paul shows himself to not only be an adept moral and theological thinker, but somewhat of a poet as well.
Evangilum Vitae - Very Informative  May 12, 2000
The Gospel of Life is very informative, covering issues from fetal tissue research to abortion to euthanasia. It states clearly and concisely the Catholic Church's teachings on many of the life issues, and is helpful for understanding the reasoning behind them. Occasionally the wording makes it difficult to follow, but its message comes across loud and clear. Informative for Catholics and those of other religions alike.

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