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This article was originally published by Aleteia and republished with permission

In his encyclical Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man), in the first year of his pontificate, John Paul II picked up the mysterious and weighty assertion of Vatican II’s Gaudium et spes (Joy and Hope), affirming that “Christ the new Adam … fully reveals man to man himself.”

What the pope and the Council were saying is this: If we want to understand what it means to be human — what’s good for us, what we’re made for, how we’ll find happiness — then we have no better option than to look at Christ. He is our “roadmap” for how to be truly human.

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