Details: This poster shows Pope John Paul II in green robes, holding his staff topped by a cruicifix. In the top left corner it says Pope John Paul II
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, and, as Successor of Saint Peter, is the head of the Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II the Great, born Karol Jozef Wojtyla reigned as Pope from October 16, 1978 until his death more than 26 years later. On 2 April 2005, Pope John Paul II died in the Papal Apartments while a vast crowd kept vigil in Saint Peter's Square below.