John Paul II, as an individual as well as a Pope, moved many people. There is almost no other person who changed the world as he did. With great admiration, people called him the”Fast Father”,”The Traveling Pope” or “God’s Marathon Man.” He was born in May, 1920 as Karol Wojtyla in the small town of Wadowice in the vicinity of Krakow. This Polish native was elected as Pope on October 16, 1978. After more than 450 years, he became the first non-Italian pope to be elected and six days later he took command of the Catholic Church of the World. His life and work became a mission of service to mankind. Contrary to all his predecessors, John Paul II sought to get close to his people. With his travels and visits to more than 130 countries all over the world, he signaled the beginning of how to build his new contacts with humanity. Wherever he appeared, children, women, men and young adults called out”J-P Two, we love you!” The answer was always “The Pope John Paul loves you all!” On April 2nd, 2005, the charismatic pope died.