Name: Pope John Paul II

Alive: 1920-2005

Bio: Pope John Paul II served as Pope from 1978 to 2005, as is referred to, most commonly, as St. John Paul the Great. He is recognized as helping to end Communist rule in his homeland of Poland and eventually in Europe altogether. Furthermore, John Paul II improved relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion. He aimed to transform the Catholic Church’s position in the world, and create a new religious alliance with Catholicism at the center.

Quotes:

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but having the right to do what we ought”

“The future starts today not tomorrow”

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live”

Popular Culture:

“Pope John Paul II” – film, 1984

“Pope John Paul II” – television mini-series, 2005

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, 1994

Further Reading:

  • Gerard Mannion, The Vision of John Paul II: Assessing His Thought and Influence (2007)
  • Michael Collins, John Paul II: The Path to Sainthood (2011)
  • Tad Szulc, Pope John Paul II: The Biography (1995)