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"The encyclicals of John Paul II are a rich treasure for the church and civil society. They are also very difficult to read without some specialized back-ground. These powerful texts more accessible to a wilder audience"....J.Bryan Hehir, HDS

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Carrying the highest level of authority, the encyclicals are Pope John Paul II's most important teaching statements, tackling the urgent questions of our times. Now, in John Paul II: The Encyclicals in Everyday Language, Joseph Donders has brought together all of Pope John Paul II's encyclicals in the first complete edition designed with the ordinary lay reader in mind. Father Donders puts the central message of each passage in sense lines that display the core of each text in an abbreviated format. This enables the reader to grasp the Pope's meaning easily. The texts of John Paul II: The Encyclicals in Everyday Language open the door to the heart and mind of this spiritual leader of hundreds of millions, revealing the depth and breadth of his thought. It is an ideal resource for personal study, classes and discussion groups, and for all who seek to understand his impact.

Table of Contents

1 Redeemer of Humankind: Redemptoris Hominis, March 4, 1979

2 The Mercy of God: Dives in Misericordia, November 30, 1980

3 On Human Work: Laborem Exercens, September 14, 1981

4 The Apostles of the Slavs: Slavorum Apostoli, June 2, 1985

5 Lord and Giver of Life: Dominum et Vivificantem, May 30, 1986

6 The Mother of the Redeemer: Redemptoris Mater, March 25, 1987

7 On Social Concern: Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, December 30, 1987

8 The Mission of the Redeemer: Redemptoris Missio, December 7, 1990

9 The Hundredth Year: "New Things" One Hundred Years Later:

Centesimus Annus; May 1, 1991

10 The Splendor of Truth: Veritatis Splendor, August 6, 1993

11 The Gospel of Life: Evangelium Vitae, March 25, 1995

12 That They May Be One: Ut Unum Sint, May 25, 1995

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