Selected Writings from the Pontificate

Many of these writings can be obtained from EWTN Religious Catalogue (1-800-854-6316).

Theology of the Body. Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1998. Collection of the Holy Father's addresses on Genesis and the New Testament concerning Marriage and Virginity /Celibacy. They were given at his Wednesday Audience during the period 1979 to 1984. Formerly published in four books: Original Unity of Man and Woman (1981), Blessed are the Pure of Heart (1983), Reflections on Humanae Vitae (1984) and The Theology of Marriage and Celibacy (1986). Magisterial texts.

Catechesis on the Creed. Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1996. Three volume collection of the Holy Father's Wednesday Audience talks explaining the articles of the Creed. Vol. 1: God, Father and Creator. Vol. 2: Jesus, Son and Savior. Vol. 3: The Spirit, Giver of Life and Love. Magisterial texts. (Available from EWTN Religious Catalogue)

Be Not Afraid. Andre Frossard & Pope John Paul II. New York: Doubleday (Image), 1984. Interview of the Pope by Italian journalist Andre Froussard.

Crossing the Threshold of Hope. Knopf, 1994 (hard); Random House, 1995 (soft). The widely acclaimed book of the Pope that looks to the future of man, calling him to hope in God. Contains his personal reflections on many subjects.

Gift and Mystery. On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination. New York: Doubleday, 1996. The Pope reflects on the meaning of his priesthood and the priesthood.

Roman Triptych - Meditations. Washington, D.C.: USCCB Publishing, March, 2003. Three poems by Pope John Paul II, “The Stream,” “Meditations on the Book of Genesis at the Threshold of the Sistine Chapel,” and “A Hill in the Land of Moriah.”

Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way. New York: Warner Books, May 2004. Starting where Gift and Mystery left off, the Pope shows us how he followed the Lord through his years as a bishop, archbishop, his struggles with communion, up to his election as Pope.

Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium.  Rizzoli, March 2005. This book centers around conversations he had with friends, Krzysztof Michalski, a political philosopher, and the late Rev. Jozef Tishner, at the papal summer residence, Castel Gondolfo, in 1993.