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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II, 1979

On this day, April 2, in 2005, John Paul II died at his home in the Vatican. The Polish-born Pope was elected in 1978, and survived two assassination attempts in 1981. His successor, Benedict XVI, began the process to beatify John Paul II in May 2005.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II talked with me about the rescued Polish art treasures I had photographed in Canada after the Second World War, which have since been safely returned to Krakow.

From Biography in Images.

Karsh with John Paul II, 1979

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See Pope Paul IV.