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Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium

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In this volume, Pope John Paul II speaks for the first time on global politics. He discusses his views on freedom and democracy and speaks about the twentieth-century totalitarian ideologies of communism and nazism. Making an emphatic appeal for mankind to regard freedom "not only as a gift but a task" to be used for the common good, he calls for a dialogue between all the ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by Rizzoli (first published 2005)
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May 11, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, meridian
As the first Polish pope and the first non-Italian pope since the early 1500s, Pope John Paul II had a unique perspective on the conflicts in Europe during the later half of the twentieth century. In Memory and Identity, Pope John Paul II explores the coexistence of good and evil, the nature of patriotism versus nationalism, and the historical and cultural trends that led to the “eruption of evil” that was Nazism and Communism. Coming of age during World War II, he was a first-hand witness of ...more
Nov 15, 2008 deeyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Catholics, Theology of the Body fans, John Paul II fans, World Youth Day volunteers
this is my next favorite from JPII after 'Crossing the Threshold of Hope'.

JPII has a very deep, personal and at the same time entertaining way of reflecting - as if he speaks to your soul! My favorite topics were the 'eruption of Evil' during the Nazi/Communist era - and God's way of answering Evil/or the limit on evil which is through his Mercy; he thenfurther takes note of St. Faustina as the messenger of Divine Mercy. And as a (big fan) of Theology of the Body - i simply love it every time h
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Apr 27, 2014 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last of Pope John Paul II's books that he wrote, it is the perfect complement to the definitive biography, "Witness to Hope" by George Weigel, and is an appropriate companion to today's canonization of him and Pope John XXIII. Saints worth emulating.
Apr 27, 2009 Linnea rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
My first Pope-read.

I very much appreciated the accessibility of the first two sections: "The Limit Imposed upon Evil" and "Freedom and Responsibility." I found these sections a refreshing explanation of why man is/has screwed up, and what to do about it thereafter. I like the inclusion of some philosophical and theological threads that I am not entirely familiar with (Thomistic, etc.), and that I was able to follow along because of the conversational style of writing.

I will admit, I skimmed thr
May 16, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: religious explores, Sarte lovers, and students of life
What am I doing reading a book by a religous figure? I'll admit that the only reason I picked this up was JPII's passing and I was feeling nostagic. I wanted to be moved and I wanted to keep the faith that not all of us Polish people are uneducated dimwits from rular Poland. Memory and Identity looked promising. It did not disappoint. It was very poignant, very intelligent, and very human. Please don't misunderstand what this book was; this was essentially a philosophy work written in a modern ...more
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Feb 07, 2012 Maureen Mahowald rated it liked it
Recommended to Maureen by: Sr. Ann Dominic
I had to read this book in 20 minute increments because the subject matter was waaay over my head. Frankly, I do not have the philosophical or theological background to fully appreciate this book. A little knowledge of Latin would have also been helpful. I'm sure that persons with backgrounds in theology and/or philosophy would have a better appreciation of this book.
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Apr 12, 2016 V Forr rated it it was amazing
This reflection by Pope St. John Paul II is beautiful, thought-provoking, and informative. It is an incredible read for Catholics, Eastern European Catholics, and Christians alike. I enjoyed every page. Happy reading!
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Oct 10, 2012 Tim Adkins rated it it was amazing
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This book changed my life after I read a simple comment that suggested modernity is a totalitarian worldview. The very concept blew my mind, but caused me to think more critically about my historical assumptions and also to re-examine my personal values.
Jan 07, 2011 Karina marked it as to-read
Pope Benedict XVI referred to this in his Christmas address to the Roman Curia:
Jun 04, 2011 Charlotte rated it it was ok
Why did I even read this? I am not Catholic. I am not any religion. My very devout sister-in-law gave me this book (hint hint). I dutifully read it. I shrugged my shoulders. I donated it.
Nov 03, 2013 Ingrid rated it liked it
This wasn't an easy read but it was thought provoking. The Pope displays good insight about what is happening in the world. Worth reading if you want to be challenged
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Just starting this book. So far so good. I like reading Pope John Paul II; just wish his actions measured up to his writing.
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Saint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.

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