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Why was John Paul II considered a “great” pope?

Full Question

My wife asked me what Pope John Paul II has done specifically that makes him so great. Your help is appreciated because as my evangelizing about the faith is starting to make headway, and an intelligent answer will sway her.

Answer

Among the things that are most commonly cited in praise of John Paul II:

1. He has provided an extraordinarily large body of orthodox, articulate, intellectually rigorous teaching in his encyclicals and other documents.

2. He helped reestablish stability in many Catholic circles during the turbulence following Vatican II. (There is generally a period of turbulence following each ecumenical council as its directives are implemented.)

3. He promulgated the 1983 Code of Canon Law (for the Western rite) and the 1990 Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches (for the Eastern rites), the latter being the first time that the Eastern Catholic churches have had a complete code of canon law.

4. He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the first catechism of its kind since the Roman Catechism in the 1500s.

5. He personally helped bring about the fall of Communism and the destruction of the Iron Curtain.

6. He has served as a staunch pro-life, pro-family advocate–among other ways, by standing up to attempts made at the Beijing Women’s Conference and the Cairo Population Conference (both by the United Nations) to force anti-family, anti-child policies on the nations of the world.

7. He is remarkably holy and a man of deep prayer who sets a great example for others.










4 comments

  1. Facundo Argüello Reply

    He also stopped the war between Chile and Argentina in 1978 just as it was commencing, convinced Pinochet to call for elections in Chile and set Paraguay in a course for democracy too.

  2. JoAnn Scanlon Reply

    Pope John Paul ll was for the people . He loved all people.

  3. Rev. Isaac Prest Reply

    Pope John Paul 11 was also the most traveled Pope in Church history.
    He visited almost all the continents of the world.
    He was Pope for over 25 years. He reached out to all and sundry irrespective of race, color and religion.
    HE COMMANDED RESPECT, WAS FAITHFUL TO CHURCH ORTHODOXY AND LOVED BY ALL.

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