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The Pope & Papacy

John Paul II, Pontiff

Electing a new Pope by Paul McLachlan
Pope John Paul II changed the rules for electing a Pope in 1996. Some of his changes are quite fundamental: such as changing the majority needed to be elected in certain circumstances. This article explains and comments on the new rules.

Pope John Paul II by Paul McLachlan
Biographical information on Karol Wojtyla, the Cardinal Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, who became the first non-Italian Pope in over 400 years, Pope John Paul II.

When a Pope Dies
Information on the rites that are associated with the death of a Pope, particularly as they unfolded when Pope Paul VI died in 1978.

White Smoke over the Sistine
The election of John Paul II in October 1978.

What's in a name?
What the new Pope's name might signal about his papacy.

Did Jesus really make Peter Pope? by Fr William Saunders
Fr Saunders explains why we believe that Our Lord appointed Saint Peter head of the Church as "Pope".

The Papacy by Scott Hahn
Dr Hahn was an Evangelical Protestant before coming to the belief, through his studies, that the Catholic Church validly claimed to be the Church Christ founded. This article is about the Papacy and the great gift that the Papacy is to the Church.

St Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes

Discovered several hundred years after his death (and of dubious authenticity), St Malachy is said to have had a vision of the all the remaining Popes until the end of time. He gave them each a cryptic motto, which people try to interpret whenever a new Pope is to be elected. There are only two Popes left in St Malachy's list after John Paul II.

Explore further:
Catholic Pages Directory: The Pope - More articles about the Pope & Papacy
Catholic Pages Directory: Papal Infallibility - Articles about papal infallibility
Catholic Pages Directory: Papal Elections - More articles about the process of electing a pope
Catholic Pages Directory: John Paul II - More links to articles about Pope John Paul II
Catholic Pages Directory: Paul VI - Articles about Pope Paul VI

Major encyclicals and documents of Pope John Paul II
 1979: Redemptor Hominis Encyclical - At the Beginning of His Papal Ministry [PDF file]
 1980: Dives in Misericordia Encyclical - On God the Father, Rich in Mercy [PDF file]
 1981: Laborem Exercens Encyclical - On Human Work [PDF file]
 1986: Dominum et Vivificantem Encyclical - On the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and the World [PDF file]
 1987: Redemptoris Mater Encyclical - On the Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life of the Church [PDF file]
 1987: Sollicitudo Rei Socialis Encyclical - For the 20th Anniversary of "Populorum Progressio" [PDF file]
 1993: Veritatis Splendor Encyclical - Regarding Certain Fundamental Questions of the Church's Moral Teaching [PDF file]
 1995: Evangelium Vitae Encyclical - The Gospel of Life [PDF file]
 1998: Fides et Ratio Encyclical - On Faith and Reason [PDF file]

Summaries of the Encyclicals of Pope John Paul
·1979: Redemptor Hominis
·1980: Dives in Misericordia
·1981: Laborem Exercens
·1985: Slavorum Apostoli
·1986: Dominum et Vivificantem
·1987: Redemptoris Mater

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