Karol Józef Wojtyła, otherwise known as Pope John Paul II, is the second-longest-serving Pope in the history of the Catholic faith, reigning as Bishop of Rome from 1978-2005. Pictures of John Paul II bear out the general reception of him during his time at the helm of the global Catholic church; he appears smiling and beatific, holding babies, offering mass, and ministering to the sick. However, not all photos of John Paul II are so serious. He can also be seen enjoying a dancing bear and laughing with crowds in some of his more candid moments.
A look into the life of John Paul II is also a look deep inside the Vatican. It offers a vision of the more formal functions of the Catholic church as well as giving a more casual, insider's view of relaxed and informal snapshots from the life of one of history's most famous and beloved popes.