As pope from 1978 to 2005, Pope John Paul II tackled difficult global issues, visited 116 countries, and met frequently with world leaders. His message was for everyone. "Do not be afraid," he said. "Jesus Christ is the hope of the world." The beloved pope's courage and deep faith inspired a generation of faithful. Today, many call him Saint John Paul the Great.
Feast Day: October 22
Patronage: Hope, Perseverance, Poland, World Youth Day