I’m not Catholic, nor am I religious at all. My respect for the man who became http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/ Pope John Paul II is due to his efforts towards world peace and (possibly) the downfall of the Soviet Union.
Many others have given tribute – if for some reason you can’t find them, use http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&safe=off&c2coff=1&client=pub-6616424773924529&cof=FORID%3A1%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fjonathanmurray.com%2Flogos%2Fbglogo-black.jpg%3BLH%3A50%3BLW%3A500%3BGL%3A1%3BBGC%3A111111%3BT%3A%23eeeeee%3BLC%3A%23cc0000%3BVLC%3A%23ffffff%3BALC%3A%23cc0000%3BGALT%3A%23CC0000%3BGFNT%3A%23aaaaaa%3BGIMP%3A%23aaaaaa%3BDIV%3A%23808080%3BLBGC%3A000000%3BAH%3Acenter%3BS%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fjonathanmurray.com%3B&domains=jonathanmurray.com&q=Pope+John+Paul+II+dies&btnG=Search&sitesearch= Google. I was going to link to some of them, but that seems rather pointless, there are so many.
Let’s hope the Romans can find someone big enough to fill his shoes.