My regard for Pope John Paul II is, as is the world's, great. On a trip to Rome in February 2005 I saw Pope John Paul II give his usual sunday sermon from the balcony of the Vatican in St Peter's Square. He was very ill at that time and spoke haltingly and croakily, a heroic effort. He died a matter of weeks later on 2nd April 2005.
In the summer of 2006 I visited Poland for the second time. I made my way by bus to the town of Wadowice where I visited Pope John Paul II's childhood home, now set up as a museum.
More about Poland at a future date.