Pope John Paul II was beatified during a ceremony in Rome on May 1, 2011, taking the next step toward formal sainthood. Millions flocked to the Eternal City to celebrate the life of the beloved pope. He will be canonized on April 27, 2014, along with Blessed Pope John XXIII.

Pope John Paul II (May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005) began his papacy by telling the world, "Be not afraid"; his life showed everyone that to change the world, we must "cast into the deep for a great catch."

Explore and celebrate the extraordinary papacy of our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.

His cause for sainthood

His papacy

His words

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