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This iReport is part of an assignment:
Remembering modern day Saint Pope John Paul II.
“Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore... prove ultimately futile.”
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II, often also known as Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great by Catholics the world over, born in Poland 18th May 1920 and passed away 2th April 2005, was the worldwide head of the Catholic Church from 16th October 1978 till his death in 2005. He was the second longest serving pope in history and the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who passed away in 1523.
John Paul II is often regarded as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. He also is recognised as a key figure in helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion (Church of England). He further is known for his implementation of several papal (Pope) documents pertaining to the role of the Church in today’s modern world.
He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his tenure. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness. He named most of the present College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world's past and current bishops, and ordained many priests (Church Fathers), a key goal of his papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. His wish was “to place his Church” at the heart of a new religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians in a great religious armada (fleet).
In 2003 Pope John Paul II also became a prominent critic of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. In his 2003 State of the World address, the Pope declared his opposition to the invasion by stating, "No to war! War is not always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity." He sent Pío Cardinal Laghi, former Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, to persuade George W. Bush (junior) the than American President, to express opposition to the war. John Paul II said that it was up to the United Nations to solve the international conflict through diplomacy and that a unilateral aggression is a crime against peace and a violation of international law but those efforts went down in vain.
In 2003, the year of the American invasion of Iraq (under proven lies), again Pope John Paul II opposed the Iraq War perhaps more vigorously than any other world leader, and thus was widely viewed as a favourite to win the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.
Very few religious leaders have managed to leave a lasting positive impact on us humans (both believers and non believers) Pope John Paul II for sure was that leader, equally admired by people of all faiths and in all parts of the world. It would be very hard for the Catholic Church to fill this gap. I on my own shall always remember him as the Pope who tried his best and did all that he could do to bridge the widening gap amongst all communities and faiths, and thus became an exemplary (modern day) disciple of Jesus Christ as "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God".
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