An influential pontiff
Voicing a strong moral vision, Pope John Paul II forged a legacy as one of the Catholic Church's most influential and controversial leaders. The 264th pontiff traveled more and beatified more people than any pope in history, and supporters and critics alike agree on the immense significance of his 26-year papacy. FULL STORY
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The early years
The priesthood years
The papal years
Gallery: His life
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The pope's legacy
A well-traveled pontiff
Gallery: Papal travles
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Pontiff laid to rest | Audio
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Audio: Prayers for pope
Leaders pay tribute | Gallery
Who will follow?
The selection process
Potential successors
Explainer: The Vatican
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