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John Paul II

JP2-instate2April 2, 2005 marked a turning point in modern history. Pope John Paul II, the third longest reigning pontiff of all time, died ... and the world mourned.

The establishment of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture was inspired by this pope’s intellectual genius and magisterial dynamism.

With prayers that this Servant of the Servants of God may rejoice forever in heaven, and that he may soon be recognized among the saints we celebrate on earth, the Salesian Center re-dedicates its efforts to respond to what the late Pontiff once claimed to be the greatest challenge to our era, namely the growing separation between faith and reason, between the Gospel and culture.

On this historic occasion, the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture responded with a series of publications and activities under the title


Follow the links below for more information.

on the death of His Holiness, John Paul II

Novemdiales -- program of activities

►  novena prayers


"The world of evil hits home" (address to U.S. Ambassador) --The Catholic Standard & Times, 9/28/01

"Elections provide opportunity for civic renewal" (address to U.S. Ambassador) --The Morning Call, 11/5/01

"Life arises out of the ashes" (message for Lent) --The Morning Call, 2/13/02

"A call to communion" (Ecclesia de Eucharistia) -- Salesian Center, 4/23/03

"Human dramatist on the world stage"(25th anniversary of election) --The Morning Call, 10/16/03

"Human dramatist on the world stage"(Redemptor Hominis) --The Morning Call, 3/8/04

"Bigger is not always better" (Centesimus Annus) --The Morning Call, 1/13/05


"Toward a Culture of Truth The Role of Higher Education in the Thought of Pope John Paul II"-- Lehigh University, 4/14/99

"John Paul II and the Challenge of Evil in the World"-- for the C.S. Lewis Faculty Forum (Pomona, CA), 2/2/02

"John Paul II and the World Day of Communications"-- 25th anniversary symposium (DeSales Univ.), 10/18/03

"The Legacy of John Paul II in Social Communications"- 25th anniversary symposium (DeSales Univ.), 10/18/03