Salt carving of Pope John Paul II, St.
Kinga's Chapel (the main room) finished in 1999
Pope John Paul II born Karol Jozef Wojtyla (May 18, 1920,
Wadowice, Poland - April 2, 2005, Vatican City) reigned as
Pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the State of
the Vatican City from October 16, 1978, until his death more
than 26 years later, making his the second-longest
pontificate in modern times after Pius IX's 31-year reign.
He is the only Polish pope, and was the first non-Italian
pope since the (Low) German Adrian VI in the 1520s. He is
one of only four people to have been named to the Time 100
for both the 20th century and for a year in the 21st.
Photo 462, May 2007