As part of our “countdown” to the book launch at the end of February, today we are posting that the recent Pope, John Paul the 2nd, came in at #14 on the ranking of the most influential Christians since the Apostles.
In 1976, he became the first non-Italian born Pope since 1523, a span of 450 years.
John Paul 2nd would become the most traveled Pope in Church history, and declared, in the mid 1980’s, that a new official Cathechism of the Catholic Church must be written. This was the first definitive collection of the Catholic Christian faith and doctrines since the Baltimore Catechism of 1885. In addition, the Pope was seen as instrumental in the underlying societal feelings that finally resulted in the fall of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Feel free to comment on this result/selection. Thanks, and God Bless,