I'm not a Roman Catholic, but I remember John Paul with some fondness. I admired the way that he fought against Communism in his native country Poland.
While he may have not dismantled the Soviet Union personally, he had a hand in setting the Poles and others on the road to democracy.
My most touching memory of him was during "The Youth Days 2002" in Toronto. Obviously weakened by different physical conditions, he plugged on and asked forgiveness for the sexual sins of some priests in the church.
In over 100 visits to many countries, he tried to build bridges between different nationalities and faiths.
I believe that he succeeded as Pope and Jesus promoted him to a better job.
Memories Of John Paul In Toronto