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Pope John Paul II bibliography

Pope John Paul II bibliography
Books 16
Plays 7
Poetry 3
Audio 15
Encyclicals 14
Further reading 17
References and footnotes

The Pope John Paul II bibliography contains a list of works by Pope John Paul II, and works about his life and theology. Pope John Paul II reigned as pope of the Roman Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City for nearly 27 years (1978–2005). Works written and published prior to his election to the papacy are attributed to Karol Wojtyła.


The following is a list of books written by Pope John Paul II.[1]


The following is a list of plays written by Pope John Paul II.


The following is a list of books of poetry written by Pope John Paul II.

  • The Place Within: The Poetry of Pope John Paul II, Random House; 1st edition (25 October 1994) ISBN 0-679-76064-4, lyrical poetry
  • Roman Triptych. Meditations, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, (Vatican) March 2003), ISBN 88-209-7451-7
  • The Poetry of Pope John Paul II, USCCB (1 September 2003) ISBN 1-57455-556-1, poems written in the summer of 2002.


Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 in Denver (Colorado)
Pope John Paul II

The following is a list of audio recordings produced by Pope John Paul II.

  • Sings at the Festival of Sacrosong (1979), Infinity Entertainment Group
  • Rosario del Papa (1994), Max Music & Entertainment
  • Rosario (1994), ISR Records (Spanish)
  • A Celebration of Mass (1995), BMG Video
  • El Santo Rosario (1995), Sony Music Distribution
  • Pope of the Rosary (1995), Trinity Records (English, Spanish)
  • Der Papst in Paderborn (1996), Titan (German)
  • Abbà Pater (1999), Sony Music Distribution[N 4]
  • Pope John Paul II (2000), Gateway
  • Papal Blessing/Ave Maria (2000), Gateway Records
  • Du Bist Petrus (2000), Universal Music
  • Orbi Millennium (2003), Beaux
  • Piesni Polakow dla Papieza (2004), GM Recordings
  • Papst Johannes Paul II in Deutschland (2005), Sonia
  • Die Helligen Vater in Deustschland (2005), Delta Distribution[5]


Pope John Paul II issued 14 Papal encyclicals during his reign as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church for over 26 years, from his election on 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. Encyclicals (from Latin encyclia, from the Greek "en kyklo, ἐν κύκλῳ", meaning "general" or "encircling") were originally circular letters sent to all the churches of a particular area in the early Christian church. For the modern Roman Catholic Church, a papal encyclical, in the strictest sense, is a letter sent by the Pope which is explicitly addressed to Roman Catholic bishops of a particular area or to the world, usually treating some aspect of Catholic doctrine. A papal encyclical is generally used for significant issues, and is second in importance only to the highest ranking document now issued by popes, an Apostolic Constitution. The title of a Papal Encyclical is usually taken from its first few words. Pope John Paul II issued his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, on 4 March 1979. Ecclesia de Eucharistia, his last encyclical, was issued on 17 April 2003.[6]

No. Title Subject Date
Latin English translation
1. Redemptor Hominis "The Redeemer of Man" On Jesus' Redemption of the world; the central importance of the human person; the Pope's plan of governance 4 March 1979
2. Dives in Misericordia "Rich in Mercy" On God's mercy given to the Church and the world 30 November 1980
3. Laborem Exercens "On Human Work" On the 90th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum; the conflict of labour and capital, and the rights of workers 14 September 1981
4. Slavorum Apostoli "The Apostles of the Slavs" In commemoration of Saints Cyril and Methodius 2 June 1985
5. Dominum et Vivificantem "The Lord and Giver of Life" On the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and the world 18 May 1986
6. Redemptoris Mater "Mother of the Redeemer" On the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Pilgrim Church 25 March 1987
7. Sollicitudo Rei Socialis "On Social Concerns" On the 20th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Populorum Progressio; on the social concerns and teachings of the Church 30 December 1987
8. Redemptoris Missio "Mission of the Redeemer" On the permanent validity of the Church's missionary mandate 7 December 1990
9. Centesimus Annus "The Hundredth Year" On the 100th anniversary of Rerum Novarum; on capital and labour; and on Catholic social teaching 1 May 1991
10. Veritatis
"The Splendor of Truth" On fundamental questions of the Church's moral teaching 6 August 1993
11. Evangelium
"The Gospel of Life" On the value and inviolability of human life 25 March 1995
12. Ut Unum Sint "That They May Be One" On commitment to ecumenism 25 May 1995
13. Fides et Ratio "Faith and Reason" On the relationship between faith and reason; condemning both atheism and faith unsupported by reason; affirming the place of reason and philosophy in religion 14 September 1998
14. Ecclesia de Eucharistia "The Church of the Eucharist" On the Eucharist in its relationship to the Church 17 April 2003


  1. ^ According to Pope John Paul II's translator, Bolesław Taborski, no copy has been found.[2]
  2. ^ This play was also filmed.
  3. ^ This play was also filmed.
  4. ^ This album was recorded for the Great Jubilee.
  1. ^ "The Pontificate of Pope John Paul II: His Writings". EWTN. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kadison, Dan (May 13, 2007). "Holy Nights: Pope John Paul II's Plays Revived in Fest". New York Post. Retrieved May 12, 2008. 
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Pope John Paul II Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Pope John Paul II Encyclicals, with Study Tool (most in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish; one also in Arabic and Latin) - from the Papal Archive at the internet site of the Holy See. Retrieved 13 December 2006.

Further reading

The following is a list of works about the life and theology of Pope John Paul II.

  • Pope John Paul II: The Biography, Tad Szulc, Scribner, 1995.
  • His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time, Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi, Doubleday, 1996.
  • Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II, Jonathan Kwitny, Henry Holt and Company, 1997.
  • The Hidden Pope, Dacry O'Brien, Daybreak Books (1998) ISBN 0-87596-478-8
  • Witness to Hope, HarperCollins (1999, 2001) ISBN 0-06-018793-X.
  • Universal Father, Garry O'Connor, Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2005, ISBN 91-37-12870-1
  • John Paul II: An Illustrated Biography, Andrzej Nowak, Kluszczynski, Kraków, 2005
  • Let Me Go to the Father's House: John Paul II's Strength in Weakness, Stanisław Dziwisz, Czesław Drazek, SJ, Renato Buzzonetti, Angelo Comastri, Pauline Books & Media, 2006. ISBN 0-8198-4522-1
  • Lolek, The Boy Who Became Pope John Paul II, Mark Hoffman, Mary Hramiec Hoffman, Hramiec Hoffman Inc., 2009, ISBN 978-0-9746901-1-7, ISBN 0-9746901-1-2
  • Köchler, Hans, The Phenomenology of Karol Wojtyła. On the Problem of the Phenomenological Foundation of Anthropology, in: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 42 (1982), pp. 326–334
  • Buttiglione, Rocco, Karol Wojtyła: The Thought of the Man Who Became Pope John Paul II, Grand Rapids, Mich. & Cambridge, UK, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1997. ISBN 0-8028-3848-0
  • Simpson, Peter, On Karol Wojtyła, Belmont, CA, Wadsworth Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-534-58375-X
  • Kupczak, Jarosław, Destined for Liberty: The Human Person in the Philosophy of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II, Washington, DC, The Catholic University of America Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8132-0985-4
  • Jeffreys, Derek, Defending Human Dignity, Baker / 2004 / Paperback, ISBN 1-58743-092-4 (pbk.)
  • Köchler, Hans, Karol Wojtyła's Notion of the Irreducible in Man and the Quest for a Just World Order (Saint Joseph College, USA, 2006)
  • Mannion, Gerard (ed.), The Vision of John Paul II: Assessing His Thought and Influence, Collegeville, MN, Liturgical Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8146-5309-8
  • Meissen, Randall J., "Living Miracles: The Spiritual Sons of John Paul the Great," Alpharetta, GA, Misison Network, 2011. ISBN 978-1-933271-27-9

External links

  • - Pope John Paul II - online copies
  • Works of John Paul II at DMOZ
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