Pope John Paul II bibliography

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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 Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City for 26 years and six months (October 1978–April 2005). Works written and published prior to his election to the papacy are attributed to Karol Wojtyła. Additional resources can be found on the Vatican website.


The following is a list of books written by John Paul II both before and after becoming pope, although pre-papacy his name was Karol Wojtyla.[1]

  • Questio de fide apud S. Joannem a Cruce (The Question of Faith according to St. John of the Cross). Warsaw: Collectanea Theologica. 1950. – This was the author's first doctoral dissertation at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.
  • An Attempt to Develop a Christian Ethics Based on Max Scheler's System. Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. 1953. – This was the author's habilitation thesis.[2]
  • Miłość i odpowiedzialność (Love and Responsibility). Lublin: Sudium etyczne. 1960. – This was the author's first published book, integrating his pastoral experience with young people with a penetrating philosophical analysis of the conditions for true love. The book addresses such issues as attraction, desire, sentiment, sensuality, shame, friendship, and justice toward the Creator.
  • Promieniowanie ojcostwa, under a pseudonym Andrzej Jawień, 1964.
  • Osoba i czyn (Person and Act). Krakow: Pol. Tow. Teologiczne. 1969. – This is a major philosophical work directed to the person, which involves the use of the metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas for all that is objective in man and the phenomenological method for the study of man's personal subjectivity.
  • U podstaw odnowy. Studium o realizacji Vaticanum II (Sources of Renewal. Studies on Realizing Vatican II). Krakow: Pol. Tow. Teologiczne. 1972. – This book is a guide to the pastoral synod of the Archdiocese of Kraków in their deliberations, and introduces the reader to the documents of Vatican II and how they can be implemented as a response of faith to God's action through the Council.
  • The Acting Person: A Contribution to Phenomenological Anthropology. Springer. 1979. ISBN 978-90-277-0969-1. – This is the first English translation of Osoba i czyn.
  • Love and Responsibility (1993 ed.). San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1981. ISBN 978-0-89870-445-7. – This is the first English translation of Miłość i odpowiedzialność. This book analyzes sex, romantic attraction, lust, and spousal love by determining the conditions necessary for true love.
  • Person and Community: Selected Essays of Karol Wojtyla, translated by Theresa Sandok. New York: Peter Lang. 1993. ISBN 0-8204-1446-8. – Essays were originally published in Polish between 1955-1977. The collection is indispensable for understanding Wojtyla's synthesis of Thomism with phenomenology and for understanding Thomism as Thomistic Personalism.
  • The Way to Christ: Spiritual Exercises. New York: HarperSanFrancisco. 1994. ISBN 978-0-06-064216-7. – This book is a conversational presentation of two retreats Karol Wojtyła gave 10 years apart before becoming pope. During that time he served in Kraków as bishop and cardinal.
  • Crossing the Threshold of Hope. New York: Knopf. 1995. ISBN 978-0-679-44058-1. – This book presents the author's many teachings and ideas.
  • The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan. Boston: Pauline Books & Media. 1997. ISBN 978-0-8198-7394-1. – This book is a compilation of weekly lectures titled Theology of the Body, delivered from 1979 to 1984 to married couples about the deep meaning of human love and sexuality.
  • Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination. New York: Doubleday. 1996. ISBN 978-0-385-40966-7. – The author's thoughts on the priesthood and how the event of the Incarnation in world history is manifest daily in the lives of priests who have been chosen to follow in His footsteps.
  • Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words. New York: Gramercy. 2002. ISBN 978-0-517-22084-9. – This book is a carefully selected compilation of words and prayers of the author, compiled by Anthony F. Chiffolo.
  • Roman Triptych (Meditation) – 6 March (2003), in Italy published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana ISBN 88-209-7451-7
  • Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way, Warner Books (28 September 2004), ISBN 0-446-57781-2, mostly addressed to his bishops, although it has been used as source of inspiration for others having knowledge of Christianity.
  • Memory and Identity – Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium, published by Rizzoli (22 March 2005) ISBN 0-8478-2761-5, conversational presentation of John Paul II's views on many secular topics, such as evil, freedom, contemporary Europe, nationalism, and democracy. Included in the book is also a transcript of the Pope's discussion o his assassination attempt in 1981.
  • Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body [John Paul II; Translated by Dr. Michael Waldstein] Pauline Books & Media, 2006. ISBN 0-8198-7421-3, a new translation in English created from the newly discovered original Polish work written by John Paul II
  • (Promulgated by Pope John Paul II), Catecismo de la Iglesia Catolica, Doubleday, 2006. ISBN 978-0-385-51650-1
  • Paul II, John (March 20, 2020). Teachings for an Unbelieving World: Newly Discovered Reflections on Paul's Sermon at the Areopagus. Ave Maria Press. p. 160. ISBN 9781594719851.


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.


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[6]


Pope John Paul II issued 14 Papal encyclicals during his reign as Pope of the 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 Catholic Church, a papal encyclical, in the strictest sense, is a letter sent by the Pope which is explicitly addressed to 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.[7]

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

Apostolic exhortations[edit]

Notable exhortations[edit]

Notable Apostolic Exhortations of Pope John Paul II include:

Apostolic letters[edit]

Apostolic constitutions[edit]

Pastoral letters[edit]


  1. ^ According to Pope John Paul II's translator, Bolesław Taborski, no copy has been found.[3]
  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. ^ "Introduction" in Person and Community, xv
  3. ^ Kadison, Dan (May 13, 2007). "Holy Nights: Pope John Paul II's Plays Revived in Fest". New York Post. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094787/
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119846/
  6. ^ "Pope John Paul II Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  7. ^ 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[edit]

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

The following are books in Polish about Pope John Paul's literary output by his translator and friend, Bolesław Taborski:

  • Karola Wojtyły dramaturgia wnętrza Publisher: Wydawnictw Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego; Wyd. 1 edition, 1989 ISBN 978-8322801-28-4 "Karol Woytyła's Theatre of the Interior"
  • Wprost w moje serce uderza droga wszystkich: o Karolu Wojtyle Janie Pawle II - szkice, wspomnienia, wiersze, Toruń : A. Marszałek, cop. 2005, "Everyone's journey makes my heart jump: about Karol Woytyła John Paul II - sketches, recollections, poems"

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