Today is the 13th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint John Paul II.
Elected in 1978, John Paul II’s 27-year papacy was the second longest in history.
John Paul II is credited with helping bring an end to communist rule. He played a significant role in improving the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Anglican Communion.
Pope St John Paul was a staunch defender of the Catholic Church’s position on a number of matters, but most especially on the value of life and the family.
Above all, Pope John Paul II is known for his world travels. As Pope, he visited 129 countries, making him one of the most travelled world leaders of all time.
John Paul II was canonized in 2014, just 9 years after his death. His feast is celebrated on October 22 which is the day on which he was elected Pope.