An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.
Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.
Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.
I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.
I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing.
I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.
Modern Society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles.
Once again, through myself, the Church, in the words of the well-known declaration Nostra Aetate, “deplores the hatred, persecutions and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews at any time and by anyone.” I repeat, “By anyone.”
Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.
Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.
Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.
The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.
The fear of making permanent commitments can change the mutual love of husband and wife into two loves of self-two loves existing side by side, until they end in separation.
The future starts today, not tomorrow.
The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
The United Nations organization has proclaimed 1979 as the Year of the Child. Are the children to receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?
The unworthy successor of Peter who desires to benefit from the immeasurable wealth of Christ feels the great need of your assistance, your prayers, your sacrifice, and he most humbly asks this of you.
The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one’s word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest’s inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.
There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best.
This people draws its origin from Abraham, our father in faith The very people that received from God the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” itself experienced in a special measure what is meant by killing. It is not permissible for anyone to pass by this inscription with indifference.
To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.
Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ’s vineyard.
Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.
War is a defeat for humanity.
Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore… prove ultimately futile.
What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.
When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.
When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to Christ, who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ, who is the fulfillness of humanity. And when you wonder about your role in the future of the world look to Christ.
Work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, the mark of a person operating within a community of persons.
You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.
You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.
You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.
Young people are threatened… by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire.
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