John Paul II: The Man, The Disciple, The Leader: The Complete Illustrated Biography

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John Paul II is the first Slavic pope in history and the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in 1522. He is by far the most widely traveled pope, having made over 100 papal visits abroad, more than all his predecessors put together. With this informative biography you can get to know him up close and personally. Over 400 photographs, illustrations, and memorabilia present a portrait of Pope John Paul II with an in-depth look at his childhood, priesthood, life as a bishop, and world-traveling prelate.

The reader will discover the most important aspects of this great pontiff's life, as well as a snapshot look at modern history with glimpses into Poland and Europe under Nazi and Communist regimes, short biographies of other recent popes, the solidarity labor movement, and many other momentous world events.

In October 1978, the bishop of Krakow was elected to the Papacy and on March 14, 2004, his pontificate exceeded Leo XIII's as the third longest pontificate in the history of the Papacy. As a highly respected leader of modern times he has changed former traditions by traveling all over the world; met with news media, labor unions organizers, and world leaders; addressed the United Nations Assembly; and pardoned his would-be assassin.

As a pope, his personal contact with many of the faithful and his charisma, warmth, and message of peace will forever be his legacy.

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