Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła, was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the second longest-serving pope in modern history. John Paul II was highly influential in both religious and political terms and is credited with helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. He was also known for his efforts to improve the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
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"Centesimus Annus" is a papal encyclical where the Pope explores and reaffirms the Catholic Church's teachings on social and economic issues. It was written on the hundredth anniversary of "Rerum Novarum," an earlier encyclical addressing issues of labor and the economy. The document discusses the dangers of both socialism and capitalism, and emphasizes the importance of a moral and ethical approach to economics, one that respects human dignity and prioritizes the common good above personal gain.