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One of the largest sources of insight into the Catholic Church in world affairs comes from the wide collection of papal encyclicals written and promulgated by the pope, the...

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Redemptor Hominis (The Redeemer of Man)

March 4, 1979
Pope John Paul II's first encyclical, released in 1979, Redemptor Hominis (The Redeemer of Man) ties the mission of his own papacy and that of the larger Church to the mystery of Christ. John Paul speaks to the modern fears of the world and argues that though the modern world has brought much progress to humankind, it has also opened the door to human threats to the dignity and nature of all people. The pope also divulges his own private response to his election to the office, as well as gives the reasons for choosing the name John Paul. Many of these themes reappear throughout his papacy, and therefore this encyclical serves as a useful foundation for understanding his thoughts and future actions.

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Pope John Paul II was the head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. Born Karol Wojtyla in Poland in 1920, he secretly trained for the priesthood in an underground seminary during the Nazi occupation of Poland. He participated in the...
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The Roman Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian Church, with over 1 billion members, and currently headed by Pope Francis. Since becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, it has been persistently...