John Paul II, the 264th successor to Saint Peter, has been pope for over two decades. The leader of the world's Catholics, his influence has been felt by Christians and non-Christians alike-indeed even by nonbelievers. Presidents and peasants the world over have come under his influence. By far the most traveled pontiff in the modern history of the Church, he has delivered his speeches and homilies to audiences around the world in their native languages. Contained in The Wisdom of John Paul II are essential excerpts from papal encyclicals, sermons, addresses, and other statements, both formal and occasional, from throughout His Holiness's papacy. They discuss matters of faith and matters of conscience, and range from the problems of Contemporary Spirituality and Morality to Progress in the Modern World and Human Rights-all informed by the profound wisdom and deep understanding of a man who has devoted his life to God and His people.Bakalar, Nick is the author of 'The Wisdom of John Paul II: The Pope on Life's Most Vital Questions', published 2001 under ISBN 9780375727320 and ISBN 0375727329.