"The Apostolic See… offers
for imitation, veneration and invocation by the faithful those men and women
who are renowned for the splendor of their love as well as the other
evangelical virtues and, after conducting the appropriate investigations,
declares with a solemn act of canonizations that they are saints."
II, Apostolic Constitution, Divinus Perfectionis Magister
The Virgin Mary & Women:
"Totus tuus" or "Totally
"I simply wish to note that
the figure of Mary of Nazareth sheds light on womanhood as such by the very
fact that God in the sublime event of the Incarnation of his Son, entrusted
himself to the ministry, the free and active ministry of a woman.
"Only in Christ can men and
women find answers to the ultimate questions that trouble them. Only in Christ
can they fully understand their dignity as persons created and loved by God.
Jesus Christ is "the only Son from the Father…full of grace and truth."
II. World Youth Day, 1993. Denver, Colorado.
"When there is a question of
defending the rights of individuals, the defenseless and the poor have a claim
to special consideration. The richer class has many ways of shielding itself,
and stands less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor
have no resources of their own to fall back on, and must chiefly depend on the
assistance of the State. It is for this reason that wage-earners, since they
mostly belong to the latter class, should be specially cared for and protected
by the government." (Rerum Novarum)…the
more that individuals are defenseless within a given society, the more they
require the care and concern of others, and in particular the intervention of
—John Paul II, Centesimus Annus
"I invoke the comforting and
strengthening gifts of God's unfailing love upon those who suffer from AIDS and
upon all those who are generously engaged in caring for them.At the same time I appeal to those who are
working to find an effective scientific response to this illness not to delay
and above all not to allow commercial considerations to detract from their
II, Message in Uganda, 1993.
Globalization will have many positive effects if it can be sustained by
a strong sense of the absoluteness and dignity of all human persons and of the
principle that earthly goods are meant for everyone.There is room in this direction to operate in
a fair and constructive way, even within a sector that is much subject to
speculation.For this it is not enough
to respect local laws or national regulations; what is necessary is a sense of
global justice, equal to the responsibilities that are at stake, while
acknowledging the structural interdependence of the relations between human
beings over and above national boundaries."
II, Addess to Centesimus Annus—Pro Pontifice Foundation, 1999.
"Justice, wisdom and realism all demand that the baneful positions of
secularism be overcome, particularly the erroneous reduction of religion to the
purely private sphere.Every person must
be given the opportunity within the context of our life together to profess his
or her faith and belief, alone or with others, in private and in public."
II, Message on the 13th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, 1978.
"The situation of the world's migrants and refugees seems ever more precarious.Violence sometimes obliges entire populations
to leave their homeland to escape repeated atrocities; more frequently, it is
poverty and the lack of prospects for development which spur individuals and families
to go into exile, to seek ways to survive in distant lands, where it is not
easy to find a suitable welcome."
II, Message for World Migration Day, 1998.
"In Christ, God calls all peoples to himself and he wishes to share with
them the fullness of his revelation and love.He does not fail to make himself present in many ways, not only to
individuals but also to entire peoples through their spiritual riches, of which
their religions are the main and essential expression, even when they contain
'gaps, insufficiencies, and errors.'"
II, Redemptoris Missio
"To modern men and women, often dissatisfied with a shallow and
ephemeral existence, and in search of authentic happiness and love, Christ
offers his own example and issues the invitation to follow Him.He asks those who hear his voice to give
their lives for others. This sacrifice is a source of self-fulfillment and joy,
as is seen in the eloquent example of those men and women who, leaving all
security behind, have not hesitated to risk their lives as missionaries in
different parts of the world. It can also be seen in the response of those
young people who, prompted by faith, have embraced a vocation to the priesthood
or the religious life in order to serve God's plan of salvation.
II, Holy Father's Message for Lent, 2003
Respect for life requires that science and technology should always be
at the service of man and his integral development.Society as a whole must respect, defend and
promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every
condition of that person's life.
II, Evangelium Vitae
(Source: USCCB book: John Paul
II: A Light for the World )