Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla in 1920, in a small town near Krakow, Poland, has died. The announcement came from papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls and was distributed to journalists via e-mail. RTE has an obituary online… while the Guardian has, what some may say is, a more critical view of the man and his papacy.