Research Dossiers

John Paul II’s Diplomacy

A web review by Sylvie Estriga and Floriane Leblond

John Paul II is especially known for his conservative positions regarding moral and theological issues. Nevertheless, he undertook a very active diplomacy, in particular through the innumerable travels he made during his long pontificate, which began on 16th October 1978 and lasted until 2nd April 2005. He was called the "Pilgrim Pope" for having travelled great distances (over a hundred trips).

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In the Head of Anthony Giddens


His scholarly work : an overview

His political involvment : the Third Way



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The Uniate Churches

The Uniate churches are so called since they are oriental churches but under recognition of the Roman Catholic Church's authority. Thus, their rites and practices are different in kind, subject to the Pope’s decisions.

Uniatism originated really early. In 431, during the Council of Ephesus, three doctrines were qualified as heresies and became new churches: they were the Nestorian Christians, the Monophysite and the Monothelite churches. Then, during the sixteenth century, some new schisms happened inside these churches and led to more unity with Rome. They are what was thenceforth called the Uniate churches

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Milllenarism & Apocalypticism in American Society

The End of the world is coming! Don’t you know it? Well, maybe you should pay a little more attention to the books and movies and you will see that the apocalypse is nigh. Hollywood knows it, the scientists know it, Mister Bush knows it.

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Quantum and Religion : does reality really Exist ?

At the beginning of the 20th century, scientific discoveries radically changed our former conception of material reality (part 1).

The new quantum physics strongly impacted all human activities and theories. Even the religious field was touched by this revolution of thought, and religions tried to match their beliefs with the new knowledge of reality (part 2).

Meanwhile, physicists themselves, often rejecting a simple materialism, started to be interested in eastern religions and philosophies, or in parapsychology (part 3).

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