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John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) served as pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 1978 until his death in April 2005. Born Karol Wojtyła in the Polish town of Wadowice, he served as archbishop of Kraków and Cardinal before becoming the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first pope of Slavic origin. He was one of the longest-serving popes and one of the most-travelled world leaders in history. Continuing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and professing the philosophy of Christian humanism, John Paul II taught about the importance of family and respect for human life and dignity. He criticised materialist ideologies and is widely seen as having been instrumental in ending communism in his native Poland and eventually in all of Eastern Europe. The pope also mended the Catholic Church's relations with other denominations and religions, and, as part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified and canonised a record number of people.


== Quotes ==


=== Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1994) ===
Young people have a special place in the heart of the Holy Father, who often repeats that the whole Church looks to them with particular hope for a new beginning of evangelization.
Paul II, Pope John. Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


=== Familiaris Consortio (1981) ===
The Church is called upon to manifest anew to everyone, with clear and stronger conviction, her will to promote human life by every means and to defend it against all attacks, in whatever condition or state of development it is found. Thus the Church condemns as a grave offense against human dignity and justice all those activities of governments or other public authorities which attempt to limit in any way the freedom of couples in deciding about children. Consequently, any violence applied by such authorities in favor of contraception or, still worse, of sterilization and procured abortion, must be altogether condemned and forcefully rejected. Likewise to be denounced as gravely unjust are cases where, in international relations, economic help given for the advancement of peoples is made conditional on programs of contraception, sterilization and procured abortion.
Apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio on the role of the Christian family in the modern world, 22 November 1981, St Peter's BasilicaChristian marriage and the Christian family build up the Church: for in the family the human person is not only brought into being and progressively introduced by means of education into the human community, but by means of the rebirth of baptism and education in the faith the child is also introduced into God's family, which is the Church. The human family, disunited by sin, is reconstituted in its unity by the redemptive power of the death and Resurrection of Christ. Christian marriage, by participating in the salvific efficacy of this event, constitutes the natural setting in which the human person is introduced into the great family of the Church. The commandment to grow and multiply, given to man and woman in the beginning, in this way reaches its whole truth and full realization.
Apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio on the role of the Christian family in the modern world, 22 November 1981, St Peter's BasilicaIn virginity or celibacy, the human being is awaiting, also in a bodily way, the eschatological marriage of Christ with the Church, giving himself or herself completely to the Church in the hope that Christ may give Himself to the Church in the full truth of eternal life. The celibate person thus anticipates in his or her flesh the new world of the future resurrection. By virtue of this witness, virginity or celibacy keeps alive in the Church a consciousness of the mystery of marriage and defends it from any reduction and impoverishment. Virginity or celibacy, by liberating the human heart in a unique way,[40] "so as to make it burn with greater love for God and all humanity,"[41] bears witness that the Kingdom of God and His justice is that pearl of great price which is preferred to every other value no matter how great, and hence must be sought as the only definitive value. It is for this reason that the Church, throughout her history, has always defended the superiority of this charism to that of marriage, by reason of the wholly singular link which it has with the Kingdom of God.
Apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio on the role of the Christian family in the modern world, 22 November 1981, St Peter's Basilica


=== Fides et Ratio (1998) ===
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vaBorn and nurtured when the human being first asked questions about the reason for things and their purpose, philosophy shows in different modes and forms that the desire for truth is part of human nature itself.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vato men and women there falls the task of exploring truth with their reason, and in this their nobility consists.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vaEvery truth—if it really is truth—presents itself as universal, even if it is not the whole truth. If something is true, then it must be true for all people and at all times.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vahuman being is by nature a philosopher
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vato argue according to rigorous rational criteria is to guarantee that the results attained are universally valid.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vaphilosophy must obey its own rules and be based upon its own principles; truth, however, can only be one.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vaQuite apart from the fact that it conflicts with the demands and the content of the word of God, nihilism is a denial of the humanity and of the very identity of the human being. It should never be forgotten that the neglect of being inevitably leads to losing touch with objective truth and therefore with the very ground of human dignity.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vaOnce the truth is denied to human beings, it is pure illusion to try to set them free. Truth and freedom either go together hand in hand or together they perish in misery.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vaTo believe it possible to know a universally valid truth is in no way to encourage intolerance; on the contrary, it is the essential condition for sincere and authentic dialogue between persons. On this basis alone is it possible to overcome divisions and to journey together towards full truth
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vaTruth can never be confined to time and culture; in history it is known, but it also reaches beyond history.
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.vafaith and reason “mutually support each other”; each influences the other, as they offer to each other a purifying critique and a stimulus to pursue the search for deeper understanding
Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Source: www.vatican.va


=== Novo Millennio Ineunte (2001) ===
The program already exists: it is the plan found in the Gospel and in the living Tradition, it is the same as ever. Ultimately, it has its center in Christ himself, who is to be known, loved and imitated, so that in him we may live the life of the Trinity, and with him transform history until its fulfilment in the heavenly Jerusalem. This is a program which does not change with shifts of times and cultures, even though it takes account of time and culture for the sake of true dialogue and effective communication. This program for all times is our program for the Third Millennium.
§29


=== Redemptoris Missio (1990) ===
Today the Church must face other challenges and push forward to new frontiers, both in the initial mission ad gentes and in the new evangelization of those peoples who have already heard Christ proclaimed.
Redemptoris Missio §30
The universal call to holiness is closely linked to the universal call to mission.
Redemptoris Missio §90


=== Veritatis Splendor (1993) ===
Truth enlightens man's intelligence and shapes his freedom.
Veritatis Splendor §1The moral life presents itself as the response due to the many gratuitous initiatives taken by God out of love for man.
Encyclical, Veritatis Splendor, 1993
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=== Other Quotes by Pope John Paul II ===
Totus Tuus
All Yours
Wojtyła's episcopal and, later, papal motto, expressing his intense devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Source: Holy See Press OfficeIt is unbecoming for a cardinal to ski badly.
When asked whether it was becoming for a cardinal to ski (Cardinal Wojtyła was an avid skier).
Source: Pakenham Longford (Earl of), Frank (1982). Pope John Paul II: an authorized biography. W. Morrow. Carissimi fratelli e sorelle, siamo ancora tutti addolorati dopo la morte del nostro amatissimo Papa Giovanni Paolo I. Ed ecco che gli Eminentissimi Cardinali hanno chiamato un nuovo vescovo di Roma. Lo hanno chiamato da un paese lontano... lontano, ma sempre così vicino per la comunione nella fede e nella tradizione cristiana. (...) Non so se posso bene spiegarmi nella vostra... nostra lingua italiana. Se mi sbaglio mi correggerete.
Dear brothers and sisters, we are all still grieved after the death of our most beloved John Paul I. And now the eminent cardinals have called a new bishop of Rome. They have called him from a far country... far, but always near through the communion of faith and in the Christian tradition. (...) I don't know if I can make myself clear in your... in our Italian language. If I make a mistake, you will correct me.
Note: the pope intentionally mispronounced the Italian word correggerete, "you will correct".
First address to the faithful in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, on 16 October 1978
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana (Italian)I wołam, ja, syn polskiej ziemi, a zarazem ja: Jan Paweł II papież, wołam z całej głębi tego tysiąclecia, wołam w przeddzień święta Zesłania, wołam wraz z wami wszystkimi: Niech zstąpi Duch Twój! Niech zstąpi Duch Twój! I odnowi oblicze ziemi. Tej ziemi!
And I cry – I who am a son of the land of Poland and who am also Pope John Paul II – I cry from all the depths of this Millennium, I cry on the vigil of Pentecost: Let your Spirit descend! Let your Spirit descend! And renew the face of the earth. The face of this land!
Note: the Polish word ziemi means both "earth" and "land"; on the former utterance, it refers to the entire planet, on the latter – to Poland.
Homily during the Holy Mass in Victory Square in Warsaw on 2 June 1979, during the pope's first apostolic journey to Poland
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaThis inscription awakens the memory of people whose sons and daughters were destined for total extermination. This people draws its origin from Abraham, our Father in faith. The very people that received from God the commandment, thou shalt not kill, itself experienced in a special measure what is meant by killing. It is not permissible for anyone to pass by this inscription with indifference.
About a Hebrew commemorative plaque in the homily during the Holy Mass at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German concentration camp on 7 June 1979, during the pope's first apostolic journey to Poland
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana (Italian)Surely it is important for America that the moral truths which make freedom possible should be passed on to each new generation. Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
On freedom
Source [2] Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Sunday, 8 October 1995Faced with problems and disappointments, many people will try to escape from their responsibility: escape in selfishness, escape in sexual pleasure, escape in drugs, escape in violence, escape in indifference and cynical attitudes. But today, I propose to you the option of love, which is the opposite of escape.
Homily during the Holy Mass on Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 October 1979, during the pope's first apostolic journey to the United States
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaThe great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
Homily during the Holy Mass at the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 1979, during the pope's first apostolic journey to the United States
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaRight from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I consider this message [of divine mercy] my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world. It could be said that precisely this situation assigned that message to me as my task before God.
November 22, 1981 at the Shrine of Merciful Love in Todi-Collevalenza, Italy
Source: The Divine MercyThe cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.
homily of J-P II at Radom military base in Warsaw, Poland on June 4, 1991.
Source: Unborn Word of the DayThe Redeemer suffered in place of man and for man. Every man has his own share in the Redemption. Each one is also called to share in that suffering through which the Redemption was accomplished. He is called to share in that suffering through which all human suffering has also been redeemed. In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. Thus each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.
Apostolic Letter, Salvifici Doloris (“redemptive suffering”), 1984
Source: http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1984/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_11021984_salvifici-doloris.htmlChristians and Muslims, we have many things in common, as believers and as human beings. We live in the same world, marked by many signs of hope, but also by multiple signs of anguish. For us, Abraham is a very model of faith in God, of submission to his will and of confidence in his goodness. We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection.
Address to young Muslims in Casablanca on 19 August 1985, during the pope's apostolic journey to Morocco
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaThe Jewish religion is not extrinsic, but in a certain way intrinsic to our own religion. Therefore, we have a relationship which we do not have with any other religion. You are our dearly beloved brothers, and, in a certain way, it can be said that you are our elder brothers.
Address during a visit in the Great Synagogue of Rome on 13 April 1986
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana (Italian)Drodzy bracia i siostry Kaszubi! Strzeżcie tych wartości i tego dziedzictwa, które stanowią o Waszej tożsamości.
Dear Kashubian brothers and sisters! Cherish the values and the heritage that define your identity.
Homily during the Holy Mass in Gdynia 11 June 1987, during the pope's apostolic journey to Poland
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana (Polish)Science develops best when its concepts and conclusions are integrated into the broader human culture and its concerns for ultimate meaning and value. Scientists cannot, therefore, hold themselves entirely aloof from the sorts of issues dealt with by philosophers and theologians. By devoting to these issues something of the energy and care they give to their research in science, they can help others realize more fully the human potentialities of their discoveries. They can also come to appreciate for themselves that these discoveries cannot be a genuine substitute for knowledge of the truly ultimate. Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.
Letter to the Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory, 1 June 1988
Source: Russell, Robert J.; Stoeger, William R.; Pope John Paul II; Coyne, George V. (1990). John Paul II on science and religion: reflections on the new view from Rome. Vatican Observatory Publications. every individual is made in the image of God, insofar as he or she is a rational and free creature capable of knowing God and loving him.
Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem, 15 August 1988
Source: www.vatican.vaIn the "unity of the two", man and woman are called from the beginning not only to exist "side by side" or "together", but they are also called to exist mutually "one for the other".
Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem, 15 August 1988
Source: www.vatican.vaAll human activity takes place within a culture and interacts with culture. For an adequate formation of a culture, the involvement of the whole man is required, whereby he exercises his creativity, intelligence, and knowledge of the world and of people. Furthermore, he displays his capacity for self-control, personal sacrifice, solidarity and readiness to promote the common good.
Encyclical Centesimus Annus, 1 May 1991
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticanamany women, especially as a result of social and cultural conditioning, do not become fully aware of their dignity. Others are victims of a materialistic and hedonistic outlook which views them as mere objects of pleasure, and does not hesitate to organize the exploitation of women, even of young girls, into a despicable trade. Special concern needs to be shown for these women, particularly by other women who, thanks to their own upbringing and sensitivity, are able to help them discover their own inner worth and resources. Women need to help women, and to find support in the valuable and effective contributions which associations, movements and groups, many of them of a religious character, have proved capable of making in this regard.
Message for the XXVIII World Day of Peace, 8 December 1994
Source: www.vatican.vaWomen have the right to insist that their dignity be respected. At the same time, they have the duty to work for the promotion of the dignity of all persons, men as well as women.
Message for the XXVIII World Day of Peace, 8 December 1994
Source: www.vatican.vaMan is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life even in its temporal phase.
Encyclical Evangelium vitae, 25 March 1995
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana(...) De nouvelles connaissances conduisent à reconnaître dans la théorie de l'évolution plus qu'une hypothèse. Il est en effet remarquable que cette théorie se soit progressivement imposée à l'esprit des chercheurs, à la suite d'une série de découvertes faites dans diverses disciplines du savoir. La convergence, nullement recherchée ou provoquée, des résultats de travaux menés indépendamment les uns des autres, constitue par elle même un argument significatif en faveur de cette théorie.
(...) New knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favor of this theory.
Note: early news reports mistranslated the French phrase plus qu'une hypothèse as "more than one hypothesis".[3]
Message to the participants in the Plenary of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 22 October 1996
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana (French)Never again war! Never again hatred and intolerance!
Address on arrival at the Sarajevo Airport on 12 April 1997, during the pope's apostolic journey to Bosnia-Herzegovina
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaNot all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.
Letter to artists, 4 April 1999
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticanapeace is possible. It needs to be implored from God as his gift, but it also needs to be built day by day with his help, through works of justice and love.
Message for the celebration of XXXIII World Day of Peace, 8 December 1999
Source: www.vatican.vawars are often the cause of further wars because they fuel deep hatreds, create situations of injustice and trample upon people's dignity and rights. Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore, in addition to causing horrendous damage, they prove ultimately futile. War is a defeat for humanity. Only in peace and through peace can respect for human dignity and its inalienable rights be guaranteed.
Message for the celebration of XXXIII World Day of Peace, 8 December 1999
Source: www.vatican.vaThere is no true peace without fairness, truth, justice and solidarity.
Message for the celebration of XXXIII World Day of Peace, 8 December 1999
Source: www.vatican.vaGod of our fathers, you chose Abraham and his descendants to bring your Name to the Nations: we are deeply saddened by the behaviour of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant.
Written prayer placed by the pope into the Western Wall in Jerusalem on 26 March 2000, during his apostolic journey to the Holy Land
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaIt can be said, in fact, that research, by exploring the greatest and the smallest, contributes to the glory of God which is reflected in every part of the universe.
Address on the Jubilee of Scientists, 25 May 2000
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaA society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying.
Address to a new ambassador of New Zealand to the Holy See, 25 May 2000
Source: Libreria Editrice VaticanaAny procedure which tends to commercialize human organs or to consider them as items of exchange or trade must be considered morally unacceptable, because to use the body as an "object" is to violate the dignity of the human person. Acknowledgement of the unique dignity of the human person has a further underlying consequence: vital organs which occur singly in the body can be removed only after death, that is from the body of someone who is certainly dead.  This requirement is self-evident, since to act otherwise would mean intentionally to cause the death of the donor in disposing of his organ.
Address to the 18th International Congress of the Transplantation Society, 29 August 2000It is helpful to recall that the death of the person is a single event, consisting in the total disintegration of that unitary and integrated whole that is the personal self. The death of the person, understood in this primary sense, is an event which no scientific technique or empirical method can identify directly. Human experience shows that once death occurs certain biological signs inevitably follow, which medicine has learnt to recognize with increasing precision. In this sense, the "criteria" for ascertaining death used by medicine today should not be understood as the technical-scientific determination of the exact moment of a person's death, but as a scientifically secure means of identifying the biological signs that a person has indeed died.
Address to the 18th International Congress of the Transplantation Society, 29 August 2000The twentieth century was the great century of Christian martyrs, and this is true both in the Catholic Church and in other Churches and ecclesial communities.
Source: Pope John Paul II (2005). Memory and identity: conversations at the dawn of a millennium. Rizzoli. Could I forget that the event [Mehmet Ali Ağca’s assassination attempt] in Saint Peter's Square took place on the day and at the hour when the first appearance of the Mother of Christ to the poor little peasants has been remembered for over sixty years at Fatima in Portugal? For, in everything that happened to me on that very day, I felt that extraordinary motherly protection and care, which turned out to be stronger than the deadly bullet.
Source: Pope John Paul II (2005). Memory and identity: conversations at the dawn of a millennium. Rizzoli. I have looked for you. Now you have come to me. And I thank you.
In the papal apartment in the Vatican City on 1 April 2005, shortly before his death
Source: Śmierć Papieża, Jana Pawła II (Polish)God assigns as a duty to every man the dignity of every woman.
General audience of Wednesday, 24 November, which took place in the Paul VI Hall
Source: [4] (English)When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to Christ who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ who is the fullness of humanity. And when you wonder about your role in the future of the world and of the United States, look to Christ.
Address to High School Students
Source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana
How could man have such utter contempt for man? Because he had reached the point of contempt for God.
Speech delivered at the Yad Vashem Museum at Jerusalem, Israel - March 23, 2000Young people of every continent, do not be afraid to be the saints of the new millennium! Be contemplative, love prayer; be coherent with your faith and generous in the service of your brothers and sisters, be active members of the Church and builders of peace.
Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World on the Occasion of the 15th World Youth Day, From the Vatican, 1999I give thanks to God for the presence and help of cardinal Ratzinger, who is a trusted friend.
Autobiography of John Paul II, firstly presented on May 2004 in Rome.
Source:Sandro Magister, L'Espresso - May 27, 2004Rasizm jest grzechem, który stanowi poważną obrazę Boga.
Racism is a sin, which is a serious offense to God.
Source: Nigdywiecej.org March 13, 2020The disposition to listen to the Truth (that is, obedience) and the readiness to act in the Truth constitute the true dignity of the human person.
John Paul II. Teachings for an Unbelieving World . Ave Maria Press, Kindle Edition, March 2020Jesus came into the world to reveal the whole dignity and nobility of the search for God, which is the deepest need of the human soul, and to meet the search halfway.
John Paul II, General Audience of 27 December 1978


== Quotes about Pope John Paul II ==
John Paul had sought rapprochement with Islam, which he appeared to view as a strategic ally in the struggle for "family values" and post-Englightenment thinking; during his pontificate, the Vatican had teamed up with Islamic governments at international human rights conferences to thwart European proposals for Third World birth control and other modernist evils.
Bruce Bawer While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within (1st ed. ed.). New York: Doubleday. p. p. 217 (of 288). ISBN 0-385-51472-7. .Pope John Paul II was received in Israel with enthusiasm that sometimes bordered on the excitement generally reserved for pop stars. He radiated warmth. Pope Benedict XVI, in contrast, comes across as restrained, almost cold.
Tom Segev, Pope at Yad Vashem Benedict's Speech Showed Verbal Indifference and Banality, Haaretz, May 12, 2009Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you! And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up.
Michael Moore Emily Schultz. Michael Moore: A Biography (1st ed. ed.). Chicago: Independent Publishers Group. p. p. 191. ISBN 1-55022-699-1. .The present Pope is a man I hold in high regard. To begin with, our somewhat similar backgrounds give us an immediate common ground. The first time we met, he struck me as a very practical sort of person, very broad-minded and open. I have no doubt he is a great spiritual leader. Any man who can call out "Brother" to his would-be assassin, as Pope John Paul did, must be a highly evolved spiritual practicioner.
Dalai Lama Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama (1st paperback ed. ed.). San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers. p. p. 202 (of 288). ISBN 0-06-098701-4. .When Pope John Paul II kissed the ground at the Warsaw airport he began the process by which communism in Poland – and ultimately elsewhere in Europe – would come to an end.
John Lewis Gaddis The Cold War: A New History (1st ed. ed.). New York: Penguin Books. p. p. 193. ISBN 978-0143038276. .


== See also ==
Pope John Paul II (miniseries)


== External links ==

John Paul II at the official website of the Holy See