Allocutions

Speeches or discourses of the Holy Father

General Audience - The opportunity to hear and/or greet the Holy Father is called an audience. On Wednesdays, when he is in Rome, he will have a General Audience, either in the Paul VI audience hall or in St. Peter's Square. The discourses at these Audiences are typically used to develop a theme over a long period. An entry ticket, which is free, is required.

Private Audiences - The Pope also holds private audiences with individuals and groups, at which he will also speak on a pertinent subject, such as on medical issues to groups of doctors, world affairs to diplomats and Church teaching and procedures to curial officials.

Discourses - In settings outside Mass (at which his address is called a homily) or outside the usual audience setting, the Pope may give a discourse to groups of people, upon arriving or departing a place, before or after Mass, at a rosary or in some circumstance not a homily or an audience.


1.  JP28995.HTM -- VIEW

Vatican II Praised Eastern Traditions

General Audience August 9, 1995


2.  JP2F2295.HTM -- VIEW

General Audience of February 22, 1995

Pope John Paul II continues his discussion of consecrated life speaking on the role of male religious who do not receive Holy Orders.


3.  JP2F295.HTM -- VIEW

General Audience of Wednesday, February 15, 1995

Pope John Paul II continues his catechesis on consecrated life, speaking about religious priests.


4.  JP2RTBAP.HTM -- VIEW

Consecrated Life Is Rooted In Baptism

Holy Father discusses consecrated life in his general audience of Oct. 26th 1994. Taken from the Nov. 2, 1994 issue of 'L'Osservatore Romano,' English edition.


5.  JP790429.HTM -- VIEW

The Dignity of Woman and Her Mission

Talk given on the evening of 29 April 1979 by the Holy Father when he received in audience 5,000 members of the Italian Professional Association of Family Collaborators on the occasion of their tenth national congress.


6.  JP820811.HTM -- VIEW

The Husband-Wife Relationship in Ephesians 5, 21-23

Pope John Paul II's exegesis of the text given at General Audience, August 11, 1982.


7.  JP840711.HTM -- VIEW

Morality of the Marriage Act Determined by the Nature...

...of the Act and of the Subjects. Text of the general audience of July 11, 1984, first of a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


8.  JP840718.HTM -- VIEW

The Norm of Humanae Vitae Arises From the Natural Law and Revealed Order

General Audience of July 18, 1984


9.  JP840725.HTM -- VIEW

Importance of Harmonizing Human Love with Respect for Life

General Audience of Pope John Paul II of July 25, 1984, third in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


10.  JP840801.HTM -- VIEW

Responsible Parenthood

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 1, 1984. Treats 'responsible parenthood' in the light of 'Gaudium et spes' and 'Humanae vitae.' Fourth in a series.


11.  JP840808.HTM -- VIEW

Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 8, 1984. Fifth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


12.  JP840822.HTM -- VIEW

The Church's Position on the Transmission of Life

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 22, 1984. Sixth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


13.  JP840828.HTM -- VIEW

A Discipline That Enobles Human Love

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 28, 1984. Seventh in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


14.  JP840905.HTM -- VIEW

Responsible Parenthood Linked To Moral Maturity

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on September 5, 1984. Eighth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


15.  JP841003.HTM -- VIEW

Prayer, Penance & the Eucharist Are the Principal Sources of Spirituality for Married Couples

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1984. Ninth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae', this an outline for the spiritual life of married couples.


16.  JP841010.HTM -- VIEW

The Power of Love Is Given to Man and Woman as a Share in God's Love

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1984. Tenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


17.  JP841024.HTM -- VIEW

Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act

Text of general audience of October 24, 1984. Eleventh in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


18.  JP841031.HTM -- VIEW

Continence Frees One From Inner Tension

Text of general audience of October 31, 1984. Twelfth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


19.  JP841107.HTM -- VIEW

Continence Deepens Personal Communion

Text of general audience of November 7, 1984. Thirteenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


20.  JP841121.HTM -- VIEW

Repect for the Work of God

Text of general audience of November 21, 1984. Outline of conjugal spirituality. Fourteenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


21.  JP841128.HTM -- VIEW

The Redemption of the Body and the Sacramentality of Marriage

Text of general audience of November 28, 1984. Last in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.'


22.  JP890111.HTM -- VIEW

He descended into hell

General Audience of Pope John Paul II on January 11, 1989


23.  JP931005.HTM -- VIEW

Deacons Serve the Kingdom of God

John Paul II audience of October 5, 1993.


24.  JP931013.HTM -- VIEW

Deacon Has Many Pastoral Functions

At the General Audience of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, 13 October, 1993, the Holy Father continued his discussion of the diaconate, focusing this week on the deacon's role as a liturgical minister and as one who promotes the apostolate of the laity.


25.  JP931020.HTM -- VIEW

Deacons Are Called to Life of Holiness

The spirituality of the deacon was the topic of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of October 20, 1993.


26.  JP950503.HTM -- VIEW

General Audience May 3, 1995

The Pope speaks on the fundamental commitment of the Church to evangelization and how missionaries fulfill the principle that the whole Church is missionary.


27.  JP950517.HTM -- VIEW

Perseverance in Mission

General Audience of May 17, 1995. The Pope continues his reflection on the missions.


28.  JP950524.HTM -- VIEW

General Audience

May 24, 1995 The Pope devotes this catechesis to the Pastoral Visit he made to Czecholovakia and Poland and links this visit to the document 'Tertio millennio adveniente.'


29.  JP950531.HTM -- VIEW

General Audience

May 31, 1995 'The difficulties that sometimes accompany the development of evangelization highlight a delicate problem, whose solution is not to be sought in purely historical or sociological terms: the problem of the salvation of those who do not visibly belong to the Church.'


30.  JP950614.HTM -- VIEW

Local Churches Have Missionary Task

General Audience, June 14, 1995 'The Universal Church exists within the local Churches, while they express the universal character of the Catholic Church in their life as individual communities.'


31.  JP950628.HTM -- VIEW

Unity Results From Legitimate Diversity

General Audience June 28, 1995 The Holy Father continues his catechesis on the missionary activity of the Church, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the one faith handed down by the Apostles.


32.  JP950705.HTM -- VIEW

Slovaks Endured Relentless Persecution

General Audience July 5, 1995


33.  JP950712.HTM -- VIEW

All Must Strive for Goal of Full Unity

General Audience July 12, 1995 The Holy Father continues his catechesis on the missionary activity of the Church, focusing on ecumenism and her commitment to restoring Christian unity. 'The Church's unity is expressed as fidelity to Christ, sustained and protected by Mary's maternal presence.'


34.  JP950905.HTM -- VIEW

Church Must Face Challenge of Sects Throughout Latin America

Pope John Paul II address to the Bishops' Conference of Brazil during their Ad limina visit on September 5, 1995. "In ... Latin America, this need for ecumenical dialogue has become urgent, since we are facing the serious problem of the sects, spreading like an oil slick and threatening to undermine the structure of faith in many nations", the Holy Father said to the eighth group of Brazilian Bishops from the North Eastern Regions I and 4, whom he received in audience on the occasion of their ad limina visit to Rome.


35.  JP951003.HTM -- VIEW

Celebrate and Serve Life!

John Paul II audience on October 3, 1995 to the participants of the World Pro-Life Congress.


36.  JP951115.HTM -- VIEW

To Honor Mary Is to Go to Jesus

General Audience November 15, 1995.


37.  JP951129.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Shows Us God's Respect for Women

The Pope's catechesis on Mary and the value of woman at the General Audience of November 29, 1995, was the seventh in the series on the Blessed Mother.


38.  JP951206.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Shed Light on the Role of Women

At the General Audience of December 6, 1995, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Virgin Mary, calling particular attention to her as the model for woman's role in the contemporary world. His address was the eighth in the series on the Blessed Virgin.


39.  JP951213.HTM -- VIEW

Council's Teaching on Mary Is Rich and Positive

General Audience, December 13, 1995 The Holy Father reflects on the particular presence of Mary at the Second Vatican Council.


40.  JP960117.HTM -- VIEW

Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock

General Audience, January 17, 1996


41.  JP960131.HTM -- VIEW

Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled in Incarnation

General Audience, January 31, 1996


42.  JP960214.HTM -- VIEW

Latin America Is Truly Blessed with Faith

General Audience, February 14, 1996.


43.  JP960306.HTM -- VIEW

Motherhood is God's Special Gift

The Old Testament not only shows that motherhood is a gift of God but also suggests a special link between the destiny of mothers and their sons. General Audience on March 6, 1996.


44.  JP960410.HTM -- VIEW

Woman's Moral Nobility

General Audience of April 10, 1996


45.  JP960501.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Responds to God with Spousal Love

General Audience of May 1, 1996.


46.  JP960524.HTM -- VIEW

I Appeal to World's Scientific Authorities: Halt the Production of Human Embryos!

Given by Pope John Paul II to those attending a Symposium on "Evangelium vitae and Law", and the 11th International Colloquium on Roman and Canon Law, when he received them in audience on Friday, 24 May.


47.  JP96058B.HTM -- VIEW

Blessed Virgin Was Filled with God's Grace

Holy Father's May 8, 1996 General Audience.


48.  JP960615.HTM -- VIEW

Now Is the Time to Take a Great Step Forward in the Work of Evangelization

On Saturday, 15 June, the Holy Father received in audience the fourth group of Bishops from Colombia on their ad limina visit to Rome. "Both the mission ad gentes and the new evangelization to which the whole Church is summoned spring from the certainty that there are 'unsearchable riches' in Christ which do not suppress the culture of any age and which men can always turn to for spiritual enrichment. These riches are first and foremost Christ himself', the Pope said. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Spanish.


49.  JP960703.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Freely Cooperated in God's Plan

In St. Luke's Gospel, Elizabeth's greeting to Mary presents her as the one whose faith makes her the model of all who live according to the beatitudes. Papal audience of July 3, 1996.


50.  JP960710.HTM -- VIEW

Virginal Conception Is Biological Fact

The Gospel accounts clearly teach that Jesus' conception was the work of the Holy Spirit and not just a theological expression of His Divine Sonship. Papal Audience of July 10, 1996.


51.  JP960724.HTM -- VIEW

Our Lady Intended to Remain a Virgin

The Holy Father reflects on Mary's intention to remain a virgin in this catechesis given at his General Audience of July 24, 1996.


52.  JP960731.HTM -- VIEW

Eternal Son of God Is Also Born of Mary

The profound relationship between Mary's virginity and the mystery of the Incarnation was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of July 31, 1996.


53.  JP960821.HTM -- VIEW

Mary and Joseph Lived Gift of Virginity

The grace to live both the charism of virginity and the gift of marriage, which was given to Mary and Joseph, was the Holy Father's subject at his General Audience, August 21, 1996.


54.  JP960828.HTM -- VIEW

The Church Presents Mary as 'Ever Virgin'

Mary's perpetual virginity was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of August 28, 1996.


55.  JP960904.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Offers Sublime Model of Service

Mary makes the Father's will the inspiring principle of her whole life, seeking in it the necessary strength to fulfill the mission entrusted to her", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of September 4, 1996, as he reflected on Mary's response to the angel at the Annunciation, an act of free submission to God.


56.  JP960911.HTM -- VIEW

Church Commemorates Thousand-Year Old Roots

The Holy Father's General Audience message for September 11, 1996.


57.  JP960918.HTM -- VIEW

Mary, the New Eve, Freely Obeyed God

The Holy Father examines the significance of Mary as the New Eve in his General Audience discourse on September 18, 1996.


58.  JP960925.HTM -- VIEW

Church has benefited from French Christianity

At the General Audience of September 25, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of his recent Pastoral Visit to France to mark the 15th centenary of the Baptism of King Clovis, stressing that the meaning of this sacrament was the basic inspiration of his spiritual pilgrimage.


59.  JP961002.HTM -- VIEW

Visitation Is Prelude to Jesus' Mission

At the General Audience of October 2, 1996, the Holy Father returned to his series of reflections on the Blessed Virgin Mary.


60.  JP961108.HTM -- VIEW

Democracy Without Values Threatens Peace

"The central theme of your plenary assembly is the relationship between democracy and values, to which I have frequently referred. It involves a range of the most timely and decisive issues for preserving and improving democratic systems", the Holy Father said to the those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace when he received them in audience on Friday, 8 November. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in French. Taken from the November 20, 1996 issue of L'Osservatore Romano.


61.  JP961113.HTM -- VIEW

Wipe out the tragic scandal of hunger

Pope John Paul II General Audience, November 13, 1996.


62.  JP961120.HTM -- VIEW

Nativity Shows Mary's Closeness to Jesus

Pope John Paul II General Audience, November 20, 1996.


63.  JP961127.HTM -- VIEW

Church Proclaims Mary 'Mother of God'

The Holy Father's General Audience of November 27, 1996 discusses the Blessed Virgin's title "Mother of God."


64.  JP961204.HTM -- VIEW

Blessed Virgin Is Model of Perfect Love

Pope John Paul II's General Audience, December 4, 1996 in which he focused on Mary's role in raising her Son Jesus. This was the 38th in the series on the Blessed Virgin.


65.  JP961207.HTM -- VIEW

Ecumenism Is Now An Urgent Task for the Catholic Church

"An increasingly intense fraternal life between the communities of the different rites will call all our Christian brothers and sisters to unite around their Lord; it will also be a Gospel witness for all your compatriots", the Holy Father said to the members of the Episcopal Conference of Romania whom he received in audience on 7 December 1996, during their ad limina visit to Rome.


66.  JP961211.HTM -- VIEW

Simeon Is Open to the Lord's Action

The Holy Father's General Audience of December 11, 1996.


67.  JP961218.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Has Role in Jesus' Saving Mission

In his General Audience of December 18, 1996, the Holy Father reflects on the significance of Simeon's predicitons at the Presentation in the temple.


68.  JP961221.HTM -- VIEW

God's Grace Will Nourish Your Love

"But what is salvation? We must rediscover the rich meaning of this word that is central to the Christian proclamation, that is evoked by the very name of Jesus: God saves", the Holy Father said on Saturday, 21 December 1996, when he received in audience the members of the Roman Curia for the annual exchange of Christmas greetings. The Holy Father reviewed the year's principal events and appealed to "all who have power and responsibility not to draw back from the critical emergencies".


69.  JP961223.HTM -- VIEW

John Paul II , Christmas Carols Have Shaped Our History

"God is born, man's might is amazed: the Lord of heaven empties himself) The fire subsides, the splendour is veiled, the Infinite is encompassed", the Holy Father said to the Polish community of Rome, whom he received in audience on December 23, 1996, in Paul VI Auditorium for the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. The Pope based his talk on an 18th-century Polish Christmas carol, Bog sie rodzi (God is born), written by Franciszek Karpinski.


70.  JP96127.HTM -- VIEW

Motherhood: Woman's Gift to Society

"Motherhood shows a creativity on which the humanity of each human being largely depends; it also invites man to learn and to express his own fatherhood. Thus women contribute to society and to the Church their ability to nurture human beings", the Holy Father said to those taking part in an international meeting entitled "Women", when he received them in audience on December 7, 1996.


71.  JP96D12.HTM -- VIEW

Disregard of Family Threatens Society

"A child's greatest poverty is to be deprived of the love, protection and tender warmth of a family", the Holy Father said to the Bishops who serve as Presidents of Latin American Episcopal Commissions for the Family, whom he received in audience on December 12, 1996, during a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family.


72.  JP970108.HTM -- VIEW

John Paul II , Christ Calls Women to Share His Mission

"The resurrection of many is a marvellous effect of the Redemption. This proclamation alone kindles great hope in the hearts of those to whom the fruit of the sacrifice already bears witness" the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, 8 January, as he focused on the co-operation of women in the work of Redemption. Here is a translation of the Pope's catechesis, which was the 41st in the series on the Blessed Virgin.


73.  JP970115.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Co-operates by Personal Obedience

"At the temple in Jerusalem, in this prelude to his saving mission, Jesus associates his Mother with himself, no longer is she merely the One who gave him birth, but the Woman who through her own obedience to the Father's plan, can co-operate in the mystery of Redemption", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 15, 1997, as he reflected on the finding of Jesus in the temple. Here is a translation of his catechesis, which was the 42nd in the series on the Blessed Mother.


74.  JP970122.HTM -- VIEW

We Preach a Message of Reconciliation

"There have been ... smart but significant steps towards the reconciliation of hearts and minds. The Spirit of God will guide us to complete, mutual understanding and to the desired goal of full communion", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 22, 1997, as he reflected on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Pope made special reference to the visits he received last year from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Catholicos of All Armenians.


75.  JP970127.HTM -- VIEW

Rediscover Law as Interpersonal Reality

"Putting the person at the centre of the civilization of love does not exclude the law, but instead demands it, leading to a rediscovery of law as an interpersonal reality and to a vision of juridical institutions that highlights their constitutive link with persons themselves, which is so essential in the case of marriage and the family", the Holy Father said on Monday, January 27, 1997, to the Prelate Auditors and officials of the Roman Rota, as he received them in audience for the opening of the judicial year. In his annual talk to the tribunal the Pope focused on the juridical effects of a personalist conception of marriage.


76.  JP970129.HTM -- VIEW

Mary's 'Hidden Life' Is Example to Mothers

"We can conclude that the atmosphere of tranquillity and peace in the house of Nazareth and their constant seeking to fulfil God's plan gave an extraordinary and unique depth to the union of mother and son", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 29, 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role in the hidden life of Christ. The Pope also referred to our lives, "hidden with Christ in God".


77.  JP970130.HTM -- VIEW

Jubilee Will Focus World Attention on Rome

"With renewed vigour the Church wishes to present to every Christian living in Rome and to all its citizens the message of salvation which is incarnate in the person, words and deeds of Jesus Christ', the Holy Father said to the Hon. Francesco Rutelli, Mayor of Rome, and to the members of the city's Capitoline Administration, whom he received in audience on January 30, 1997. The theme of the Pope's speech was the importance of preparing Rome properly for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.


78.  JP970205.HTM -- VIEW

Be Faithful Witnesses to the Father's Love

"God, our supreme good, is the source of all good things. I hope that you will all be 'good', that is, faithful witnesses to the love of our heavenly Father who fills us with so many gifts", the Holy Father said, speaking from his study window on Wednesday, February 5, 1997. The Wednesday General Audience was canceled because "influenza has come to the Pope's home" as he told pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square.


79.  JP970215.HTM -- VIEW

Great Jubilee Will Benefit All Humanity

The Church's gaze ... is turned to the Year 2000, which is a highly significant date, a Holy Year of special importance for many of our contemporaries, the Holy Father said to members of the Regional Board and Council of the Lazio region, whom he received in audience on Saturday, February 15, 1997. The Pope spoke of the need for Church and government officials to work together in planning for the Great Jubilee.


80.  JP970226.HTM -- VIEW

Jesus Works Miracle At Mary's Request

Mary's request: 'Do whatever he tells you', keeps its ever timely value for Christians of every age.... It is an exhortation to trust without hesitation, especially when one does not understand the meaning or benefit of what Christ asks, the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, February 26, 1997, as he spoke of Mary's role at the wedding in Cana.


81.  JP970228.HTM -- VIEW

Tell the World of Jubilee's True Meaning

At the end of a century of extraordinary progress but also of terrible human tragedy, the proclamation of Jesus Christ—the same yesterday, today and forever (cf. Heb 13:8)—is not only a duty of obedience to a Gospel command but also the only sure means of responding to the urgent need for moral and spiritual discernment, without which individual lives and the social order itself are enveloped by arbitrariness and confusion, the Holy Father said on Friday, February 28, 1997 to the members, consultors and staff of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications when he received them in audience at the conclusion of their annual plenary assembly. The Pope spoke of the need to preach Christ as the Way the Truth and the Life, particularly to the next generation.


82.  JP970305.HTM -- VIEW

Mary Is Active in Her Son's Mission

By emphasizing Mary's initiative in the first miracle and then recalling her presence on Calvary at the foot of the Cross, the Evangelist helps us understand how Mary's co-operation is extended to the whole of Christ's work the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, March 5, 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role at Cana and her co-operation in her Son's messianic mission.


83.  JP97111.HTM -- VIEW

Do Not Lose Heart As You Preach Christ's Gospel to the Indifferent

"It is by listening to what 'the Spirit says to the Churches' (Rv 2:7) that [the Bishop] can exercise his responsibilities, starting with an open and well-disposed discernment of the successes or failures, of the dynamic initiatives or unfortunate passivity which mark the progress of the People of God", the Holy Father said to the first group of French Bishops to make their ad limina visit when he received them in audience on January 11,1997.


84.  JP97124N.HTM -- VIEW

Remain Part of the Local Church's Life

The history of the Neocatechumenal Way "belongs to that blossoming of movements and ecclesial groups which is one of the most beautiful fruits of the spiritual renewal begun by the Second Vatican Council"', the Holy Father told members of the Neocatechumenal Way when he received them in audience on January 24, 1997, and congratulated them on the spread of their movement.


85.  JP97125.HTM -- VIEW

Thank God for Unity of Faith in Christ!

"Your visit, Holiness, is in keeping with our common will to advance on the way to perfect communion between the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Catholic Church", the Holy Father said to His Holiness Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians whom he received in audience on Saturday, January 25, 1997. The Pope also recommended "the translation of the extensive writings of the Armenian tradition into other languages".


86.  JP97212.HTM -- VIEW

Repent and believe in the Gospel

"In this Lenten season, Jesus calls us to follow him on the way that leads him to Jerusalem to be sacrificed on the Cross. 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me' (Lk 9:23). Of course, this is a demanding and difficult invitation, but it can unleash the creative power of love in those who accept it", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of February 12, 1997, as he reflected on Ash Wednesday and the meaning of the Lenten season.


87.  JP97214.HTM -- VIEW

Church Defends Moral Rights of Citizens

The Church "will make use of all available means to defend life from conception to its natural end. For this reason, when radically unjust legislation is introduced, such as abortion and euthanasia, she will continue to be the faithful and staunch defender of the moral rights of citizens who seek to have their convictions respected", the Holy Father said to H.E. Mr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, when he received him in audience during his official visit on Friday, February 14, 1997. The Pope stated that it is the Christian message that sheds full light on man and authentic human progress.


88.  JP2BRICE.HTM -- VIEW

Address at Williams-Brice Stadium

Given by Pope John Paul II at Columbia, S.C., on September 11, 1987. The Holy Father speaks about married life and the family.


89.  JP2CARDN.HTM -- VIEW

Address to New Cardinals

Given Nov. 26 to the consistory in Rome at which the 30 new cardinals he named Oct. 30 received red hats.


90.  JP2DOMIN.HTM -- VIEW

On the Holy Eucharist

'Dominicae Cenae' Issued on February 24, 1980. This letter is addressed to the bishops and priests. John Paul devotes the encyclical to certain aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery and its impact on the lives of those who are the ministers of It.


91.  JP2DOMIN.ZIP -- VIEW

On the Holy Eucharist

'Dominicae Cenae' Issued on February 24, 1980. This letter is addressed to the bishops and priests. John Paul devotes the encyclical to certain aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery and its impact on the lives of those who are the ministers of It.


92.  JP2DONUM.HTM -- VIEW

On Religious Life

'Redemptionis Donum' Issued on March 25, 1984. John Paul addresses himself to men and woman religious who through the vows of the evangelical counsels are striving towards the fullness of Christian life. He encourages them to follow Christ along the 'narrow and hard' way.


93.  JP2DONUM.ZIP -- VIEW

On Religious Life

'Redemptionis Donum' Issued on March 25, 1984. John Paul addresses himself to men and woman religious who through the vows of the evangelical counsels are striving towards the fullness of Christian life. He encourages them to follow Christ along the 'narrow and hard' way.


94.  JP2F1795.HTM -- VIEW

Talk to National Bishops

Conference of Brazil' Given by Pope John Paul II on February 17, 1995. The Holy Father exhorts the Bishops to make the pastoral care of the family a priority.


95.  JP2FEED.HTM -- VIEW

Address on Breastfeeding

Address of Friday, May 12, 1995 to the participants in a study session on breast-feeding, science and society organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society [of Great Britain].


96.  JP2GENMP.HTM -- VIEW

Dangers Of Genetic Manipulation

Pope John Paul II's address to members of the World Medical Association (October 29, 1983)


97.  JP2HINDU.HTM -- VIEW

Address to Hindu & Muslim Leaders

Pope John Paul II on Jan 21, 1995 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


98.  JP2JUSLW.HTM -- VIEW

The Splendor in Justice & Law

Pope John Paul II's annual address to the Roman Rota given on January 28, 1994. The Holy Father says, 'Love for the truth must be expressed in love for justice and in the resulting commitment of establishing the truth in relations within human society.'


99.  JP2LAITY.HTM -- VIEW

Address to the Participants of the Symposium...

the Symposium on the Participation of the Laity Given in Rome by Pope John Paul II on April 22, 1994.


100.  JP2LATIN.HTM -- VIEW

Normative Text Entrusted to the Church

Pope John Paul II's address on the occasion of entrusting to the Church the Latin typical edition of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." This text is the normative one with which all versions and translations must agree.


101.  JP2NWCAT.HTM -- VIEW

New Catechism: Gift to the Church

Given on December 7, 1992. Pope John Paul II officially presents the new Catechism of the Catholic Church in a special ceremony attended by Cardinals. heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, representatives of the doctrinal commissions of Episcopal Conferences, and members of the Editorial Commission. In his address, the pope expresses his appreciation for the work done and his hopes.


102.  JP2POPUL.HTM -- VIEW

Population Conference Draft Document Criticized

Talk given by Pope John Paul II during a March 18 meeting at the Vatican with Nafis Sadik, executive director of the U.N. Fund for Population Activities. The Pope criticizes a final draft document prepared for the September U.N. International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt.


103.  JP2RTA95.HTM -- VIEW

Address to the Roman Rota

John Paul II's address to the Roman Rota on Friday February 10, 1995 for the traditional opening of the judicial year.


104.  JP2US95A.HTM -- VIEW

Welcome Address, Newark International Airport, October 4, 1995

Returning to America on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations rganization, the Holy Father insists on the continuing importance of the United Nation's founding ideals in a world searching for peace. He calls upon the United States to acknowledge its grave responsibility as an influential model of democracy in today's world and urges the American people to persevere in their commitment to build a just society.


105.  JP2US95B.HTM -- VIEW

Address at Vespers, Newark Cathedral, October 4, 1995

The Holy Father offers encouragement to all the members of the Church in Newark and New Jersey, urging them to take an active part in the Church's mission of evangelization. He also affirms the role which the United Nations Organization is called to play in the service of world peace and solidarity.


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Greeting to the United Nations Staff, October 5, 1995

The Holy Father addresses a special greeting to the staff members of the United Nations Organization and expresses the Church's support for their work on behalf of international justice and peace. In the international order, the Church is the voice of human conscience, proclaiming that the human person must be the true focus of all social, political and economic activity.


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Address to the United Nations General Assembly, October 5, 1995

The Holy Father addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations rganization on the occasion of the U.N.'s 50th anniversary. He reflects on the recent changes in the world situation and their significance for the future of humanity and the building of a true culture of freedom.


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Address to the United Nations General Assembly, October 5, 1995

The Holy Father addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations rganization on the occasion of the U.N.'s 50th anniversary. He reflects on the recent changes in the world situation and their significance for the future of humanity and the building of a true culture of freedom.


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Greeting in St. Patrick's, October 7, 1995

Following the recitation of the Rosary, the Holy Father greets those present, addressing special words to Religious and to Catholic families. Recognizing the particular difficulties which these two groups encounter in living out their vocations, he encourages Religious in their witness to the newness of life in Christ and asks families to grow in unity and to foster God's gift of life. He especially commends family prayer.


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Pope John Paul II's visit to the United Nations and

the United States. Contains all the talks given by the Holy Father during his visit in 1995.


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They Yielded to Reality

John Paul II describes the birth of faith in the disciples in the face of the presence of the Risen Christ which they experienced with all their senses. The following are passages from two of the Pope's discourses one from Sunday April 21, 1996 and the other from Sunday April 28, 1996.


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Opening Address at the Puebla Conference

Delivered in Seminario Palafoxiano, Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico, on 28 January 1979.


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Opening Address at the Puebla Conference

Delivered in Seminario Palafoxiano, Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico, on 28 January 1979.


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Address of John Paul II on the Apostleship of Prayer

April 13, 1985


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May the Mother of the Church be an Inspiration for the Discovery of a New Feminine Identity

Address to Women Religious, Turin, September 4 1988.


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On The Occasion of the Eighth Centenary of St. Anthony of Padua's Birth

Address given on June 13, 1994.


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Address at the Airport of Prague-Ruzyne, Czech Republic

May 20, 1995


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Ecumenism of Martyrs and Saints

May 23, 1995. Address to the official delegation from Bulgaria visiting Rome to celebrate the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.


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Address on 50th Anniversary of Pax Christi Movement

The Holy Father urges 'Pax Christi' to promote reconciliation on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. May 29, 1995.


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Church Must Face Challenge of Sects Throughout Latin America

Pope John Paul II address to the Bishops' Conference of Brazil during their Ad limina visit on September 5, 1995. "In ... Latin America, this need for ecumenical dialogue has become urgent, since we are facing the serious problem of the sects, spreading like an oil slick and threatening to undermine the structure of faith in many nations", the Holy Father said to the eighth group of Brazilian Bishops from the North Eastern Regions I and 4, whom he received in audience on the occasion of their ad limina visit to Rome.


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All Believers Have Right to Receive Catholic Doctrine In Its Integrity

Address on October 18, 1995 of Pope John Paul II to a group of Brazilian Bishops.


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Magisterium Exercises Authority in Christ's Name

Address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 11/24/95


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Integral Vision of Health Care

Address to Italian Catholic Doctors November 25, 1995


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Deacons Are Configured to Christ the Servant

Address of the Pope to those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy, November 30, 1995.


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Address on the occasion of the Exchange of Greetings with the Diplomatic Corps

Saturday, January 13, 1996


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Judges Cannot Bend the Objective Norm or Interpret Divine Law in an Arbitrary Way

Pope John Paul II's address to the officials of the Roman Rota given on January 22, 1996


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Christ's Resurrection Was A Concrete Event

Before reciting the Regina Caeli on Sunday, 21 April, the Holy Father reflected on the concrete reality of Christ's Resurrection as the basis of the Christian faith. He also called for peace in the Middle East and for a ban on the production and use of anti-personnel mines. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Italian.


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Liturgy Preserves Faith Experience of Generations

Holy Father's address to those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on May 3, 1996.


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Family Must be focus of Pastoral Care

The Holy Father's address to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, to mark the celebration of their 15th anniversary, given on May 9, 1996.


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Church Venerates Fathers of East and West

In his August 4, 1996, Angelus address the Holy Father reflected on the complementarity of the Eastern and Latin theological traditions, emphasizing their harmony and common faith.


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Love of Mary Shared by East and West

In this Angelus address on August 18, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of the devotion to Our Lady and to the saints that is shared by the Eastern and Western Churches.


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Magisterium Is Concerned with Question of Evolution for It Involves Conception of Man

Pope John Paul II's address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences delivered on October 22, 1996 and released on January 11, 1997.


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Icons Show the Human Face of God

The Holy Father's Angelus address of November 17, 1996. The Pope continued his series of meditations on the heritage of the Eastern Churches, reflecting this week on the importance of icons.


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Incarnation Inspires Christian Genius

"I trust that in the light of [the Year 2000], your Pontifical Academies will be able to make an original contribution to creating a renewed Christian humanism, presenting the humanity of Christ as a model for the generations of the new millennium", the Holy Father said at the first joint public session of all the Pontifical Academies, which he attended on November 28, 1996. During his address he announced the creation of the annual Pontifical Academies Prize, "to support promising talents or initiatives which will emerge in the various cultural fields you cultivate...".


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Be United to Christ and Peter's Successor

Address of Pope John Paul II to the Church in China, dated December 3, 1996, the memorial of St. Francis Xavier. The Pope commends Chinese Catholics on their fidelity and urges them to maintain full communion.


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Our Deep Communion Has its Source in our Common Faith Sealed by the Gift of Baptism

Pope John Paul II's address to Armenian Catholicos given on December 13, 1996.


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Spread Forgiveness and You Will Become Peacemakers

On December 21, 1996, the Holy Father addressed a representative group of young members of Catholic Action and exchanged Christmas greetings with them. He urged them to live and spread forgiveness and thus become peacemakers in their own surroundings.


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Mentally Ill Are Also Made In God's Image

"Whoever suffers from mental illness 'always' bears God's image and likeness in himself, as does every human being In addition, he 'always' has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such", the Holy Father said on November 30, 1996, addressing participants in the international conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers, on the theme: "In the Image and Likeness of God: Always? Illness of the Human Mind".


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Science Serves Humanity Only When It Is Joined to Conscience

"I address an appeal to all your colleagues in the various fields of scientific investigation: Make every effort to respect the primacy of ethics in your work; always be concerned with the moral implications of your methods and your discoveries. It is my prayer that scientists will never forget that the cause of humanity is authentically served only if knowledge is joined to conscience", the Holy Father said on January 11, 1997, as he spoke to those attending the International Conference on Space Research recently held at the University of Padua, Italy.


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Morality Must Inspire Law of Nations

On January 13, 1997, the Holy Father received the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, who had come to the Apostolic Palace for the traditional exchange of New Year's greetings. This file is a translation of the Holy Father's address.


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Bearing Witness to Christ in Secular Life

"The members of secular institutes ... express their full fidelity to the profession of the evangelical counsels in a form of life full of risks and often unforseeable demands, but rich in a specific and original potential", the Holy Father said in his talk to members of secular institutes on the occasion of the international symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution Provida Mater Ecclesia. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Italian on February 1, 1997.


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Filipino Families Are Seeking Sound Doctrine, Grace and Human Empathy

"It is to the majority of the faithful who struggle each day to live up to the demands of their Christian dignity in marriage and the family that pastoral efforts are principally directed . . . . They look to their spiritual guides for the support of sound doctrine, the grace of the sacraments and the human empathy which will sustain them in the never easy mission of being a true 'domestic church', the first community to be evangelized, so that it in turn can be the proximate and immediate evangelizer of its members", the Holy Father said on February 10, 1997 to the third group of Philippine Bishops to make their ad limina visit to Rome. The Pope's talk focused on the family and the promotion of social justice.


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Human sickness is call to conversion

For the human person sickness is also a call to conversion, to entrust oneself entirely to Christ, the one source of salvation for every man and for the whole man. The Holy Father this in an address at the end of Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica for World Day of the Sick on February 11, 1997.


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Catholic Schools Offer Education Based on Gospel Values

Today, co-operation between family, parish and school is more necessary than ever, not to restrict the freedom of adolescents, but to mould it and enable it to make responsible and well-motivated choices, the Holy Father said at the Villa Flaminia Institute, a large Catholic school conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The Pope addressed the teachers and students of this school and the children of Holy Cross Parish in the Flaminio neighbourhood, where he made a visit on Sunday, February 23, 1997.


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Food Security Results from Ethic of Solidarity

Pope John Paul II Address to World Food Summit November 13, 1996


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Pope John Paul II, We extend our arms in brotherhood
Speaking to the Patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches at an audience on 29 September 1998, the Holy Father encourages them in their role as a bridge to unity with the Orthodox Churches..

 

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