The Man of the Century
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Throughout the 20th century, there have been many influential Europeans. Though not one can compare to Karol Wojtyla also known as Pope John Paul II. With such a vast impact on the world, it is almost impossible to fit his accomplishments into just one and one half pages. He affected the world with his love, leadership, and forgiveness.
First, John Paul II affected the world with his unconditional love. He was the most traveled pope in the history of the Catholic Church, traveling to over 115 countries during his papacy. John Paul II spoke 8 languages, one being Spanish, which he learned after his inauguration. These traits helped him portray his love to nations all over the world. One way he showed his love for the children of the world was by creating World Youth Day. This is a day where millions of young people all over the world are brought together. He also expressed his care of families when he organized a World Meetings of Families in 1994. Though his love affected many, it was his leadership that brought everyone together.
Next, John Paul II affected the world through his leadership. Because he led through his faith in God and the church, he was able to accomplish many things. He brought together many rival nations and made ally nations even closer. The Pope was able to contribute in the fall of communism. By teaching his home nation of Poland to stick together and stand up for what they believe in, communism slowly fell. While previous popes served much of their papacy in Rome, John Paul II expanded his appearances to all corners of the world. Thus, gaining the respect and trust of many followers. He appealed to crowds of people through his waves, hand shakes, hugs, and kissing of people, young and old.
Finally, Pope John Paul II led through practicing and preaching forgiveness. In an assassination attempt in 1981, John Paul II was shot twice. The assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, was taken into custody and put in prison. When the Pope was heeled, he made a visit to Agca to forgive him for what he had tried to do. This anecdote is just one of the many forgiving acts that John Paul II performed. He taught forgiveness in every speech he gave and every visit he made.
The death of Pope John Paul II brought tears to the eyes of millions. He had touched an uncountable number of lives and led an infinite number of people. Pope John Paul II affected people through love, leadership, and forgiveness. Not only did he affect the