Pope John Paul II: The road to sainthood

A look back at the life of Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

WADOWICE, POLAND - 1920: Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) with his mother Emilia of Kaczorowski family.  (Photo by Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

WADOWICE, POLAND - 1929: Young Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in the memorial photograph of his first communion. (Photo by Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)


Pope John Paul II - sainthood

KRAKOW, POLAND - 1941: Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in quarry of French Solvay Company in Borek Falecki near Krakow. The photo taken by a husband of Wojtyla's friend an actress Halina Krolikiewicz-Kwiatkowska.  (Photo by Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

1948:  Polish priest Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II in 1978. He was the first non-Italian Pope since Adrian VI died in 1523.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

NEW ZEALAND - 1973: Pope John Paul II is seen during his visit to New Zealand in 1973. The 84-year-old pontiff is reported to be in "very grave" condition after suffering heart failure on Friday, the Vatican said, sparking an outpouring of emotion and anxiety around the Roman Catholic world. (Photo by Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

ROME, ITALY 1976: American president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn and daughter Amy meet Polish Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy, July 15, 1976. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

IRELAND - 1979: Pope John Paul II At Shannon Airport In Ireland. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

IRELAND - 1979: Pope John Paul II arrives to celebrate Mass at Knock during his visit to Ireland on September 29, 1979. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

IRELAND - 1979: Pope John Paul II during his visit to Ireland in September 1979 (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

BOSTON, MA - 1979: Pope John Paul II administered communion during the rain's heaviest downfall. Several hundred priests were dispatched into the crowd to distribute communion. The paper-thin hosts, wafers of unleavened bread, were in danger of being melted by the pouring rain. People voluntarily held their umbrellas over the priests to protect the chalices filled with the communion bread as the pope was shielded. (Photo by Ted Dully/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

PARIS, FRANCE - 1980: Pope John Paul II On His Historic Visit To Paris Travels In Motorcade. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 1980: Pope John Paul 11 Meets HM The Queen Elizabeth II And The Duke Of Edinburgh At The Vatican On October 17, 1980. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 1980: Pope John Paul II is shot by would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, 13th May 1981. His attendants help him into his white jeep after the incident. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

SUSSEX, ENGLAND - 1982: Pope John Paul II kisses the tarmac on his arrival at Gatwick Airport, Sussex, at the start of his visit to the UK, 28th May 1982. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

CENTRAL AMERICA - 1983: A visit by Pope John Paul II to Central America, 1983. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

CENTRAL AMERICA - 1983: A visit by Pope John Paul II to Guatemala, March 1983. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 1985: Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Pope John Paul II during their visit to the Vatican in 1985. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 1985: (l-r) Boys Choir, Pope John Paul II, pontiff Archbishop John Foley in the Pauline Chapel, Vatican City during Holy Week from April 1-5, 1985 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBC NewsWire

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

LUANDA, ANGOLA - 1992: Pope John Paul II greets well-wishers with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the international airport June 7, 1992 in Luanda, Angola. Angola has been engulfed in civil war and political strife since attaining independence from Portugal in 1975. (Photo by Scott Peterson/Liaison)

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VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 1996: Pope John Paul II meets Cuban President Fidel Castro at his private library , November 11, 1996 in Vatican City (Italy). (Photo by Vatican Pool - Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

ST. LOUIS, MO - 1999: Pope John Paul II greets President Bill Clinton during his visit to St. Louis. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

TBILISI, GEORGIA - 1999: Pope John Paul II, Center, Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, Right, And Georgian Patriarch Ilia Ii, Left, Listen To The National Anthem After The Pope's Arrival At The Airport In The Georgian Capital Tbilisi Monday, Nov. 8, 1999. The Pontiff Took His Drive To "Build New Bridges" With The Orthodox Church To This Former Soviet Republic, But His Initiative Appeared To Meet Resistance. (Photo By East News/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

CAIRO, EGYPT - 2000: Pope John Paul II, left, is met by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at Cairo International Airport, February 24, 2000 in Egypt. Cairo was the first stop on the Pope's "spiritual pilgramage" to the Holy Land. (Photo by John Samples)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - 2000: Pope John Paul II inserts a prayer into the Western Wall in Jerusalem during his visit to Israel in 2000.

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

DAMASCUS, SYRIA - 2001: Pope John Paul II is greeted by thousands of well-wishers as he arrives at the Roman Catholic Patriarch, May 7, 2001 in Damascus, Syria. (Pool Photo/Newsmakers)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 2004:  Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (L) meets Pope John Paul II February 15, 2004 at the Vatican. (Photo by PPO/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 2005: Pope John Paul II appears at the window of his private apartments March 27, 2005, in Vatican City. Anguished and unable to speak he blessed the thousands of Pilgrims in St Peter's Square at the end of Easter Mass. (Photo by: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II - sainthood

VATICAN CITY, ITALY - 2005:  The body of Pope John Paul II lies in state in Saint Peter's Basilica April 5, 2005 in Vatican City.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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