He participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, and worked on the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
The most traveled pope in history, he covered 748,568 miles to visit his flock and engage the world.
He made five pastoral visits to the USA.
His apostolic visits to 130 countries made him the most well-known person of the late 20th century.
During his reign 87 countries established diplomatic relations with the Holy See for the first time.
He was influential in the collapse of communism in his native Poland and in other countries, and in the destruction of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall.
He beatified and canonized more persons than his predecessors combined: 482 saints and 1,338 beati.