"I HAVE LOOKED FOR YOU, NOW YOU HAVE COME TO ME. THANK YOU."
Born Karol Josef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, the 264th successor of Peter as the rock on the Church, gave up his soul on April 02, 2005, at 1437EST.
John Paul II was the most travelled, most accessible, most visible, most progressive pontiff in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. He emphasized the message of brotherly love between two people. He reached out over the religious divides, and across bitter hatred.
He also reached out to the young people of the world. Instituting World Youth Day celebrations. He is known to have said that young people gave him strength.
John Paul II strengthened the Church. He led the Church close to the power it once had. The Roman Catholic Church is once again a key player in world matters, for the first time in over 400 years.
As keeper of the keys, John Paul II carried on the earthly work of Siant Peter, Saint Paul, and Jesus Christ. He was a shepherd of the flock, worrying about the lost, rejoicing of those who follow.