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John Paul II: A Saint for Our Times
John Paul II A Saint for Our Times
Director: John Biffar
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 0min

This PBS documentary looks at the former Pope's life in the context of his imminent beatification by the Vatican. It explores spiritual themes in his life, his openness to other religious traditions, his re-definition of s...  more »


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Director: John Biffar
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Documentary
Studio: International Media
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/10/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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"I have 2 DVDs on the life of Pope John Paul II i.e., this DVD and "John Paul the Great: A Pope Who Made History". Both of these DVDs are a must have for Pope John Paul II admirers. In the history of England, only one King was ever called "The Great". He was Alfred the great. And yet we now have Pope John Paul the Great. And in the history of the church, only one Pope was ever demanded to become a saint immediately after his death (Santo Subito). He was Pope John Paul II. Indeed, Pope John Paul II broke grounds in many ways. He was the first Slav to be elected Pope. With Joseph Ratzinger, he pondered how to reclaim the initial vision of Vatican II and to restore the Church's former glory through a renewal of her historic beliefs creatively expressed to a rapidly changing world. Pope John Paul II's appointment was to change the world, and strike fear in the hearts of the communist despots that ruled his native land. It would be the Holy Father's return to his homeland in 1979 that set in motion the tumultuous events that would lead to the collapse of the Iron Curtain countries. It is one of the strange dichotomies of Pope John Paul II that he was so popular when he was also so entrenched in his views. He was so beloved by millions of people within and outside the Catholic religion. During his 27 years papacy, he would change the image of papacy forever, with a mass appeal never before seen in the history of the Church. He was nicknamed "John Paul Superstar". Time magazine named him "Man of the Year" in 1994. Watch this movie and it will make your day."