Karol Wojtyla, the man who became Pope John Paul II, was a poet, philosopher, playwright, peacemaker, and political activist. The most widely traveled of all popes, he was a man of deep Christian love and commitment who balanced the traditions of the Church with a need to reestablish it as a viable and modern presence in the world. This short biography highlights his early years, his lifelong devotion to Mary, his outreach to young people, and his role as intercessor in seeking reconciliation with institutions and peoples alienated from the Church by past actions. This is a book to be enjoyed and treasured as we witness the recognition given John Paul II as a saint for our times. Paper.