"Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it."
"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."Pope John Paul II on Winston Churchill
"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."Pope John Paul II on William Butler Yeats
"If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks."Pope John Paul II on Brendan Behan
"Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me."Pope John Paul II on Colin Farrell
"Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep."Pope John Paul II on Dave Barry
"Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church."
"You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate."
"There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best."
"Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it."
"The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency."