As pope from 1978 to 2005, Pope John Paul II tackled difficult global issues like corrupt governments, war and human rights. He visited 116 countries and met frequently with world leaders. But his message was not just for those in power; it was for everyone. “Do not be afraid,” he said. “Jesus Christ is the hope of the world.” Through his courage and leadership, Pope John Paul II inspired a generation of faithful. Today, many of them call him St. John Paul the Great.