I'm not Catholic. I could argue at length with the church's theology.
But think about this: John Paul II forgave the guy that tried to kill him.
Wow. Think about that. Could you do that?
The guy was very instrumental in the fall of Communism. He was very conservative. He stopped Liberation Theology in the late 1970's. He spoke against the excesses of capitalism run amuck. He brought peace to the Catholic church and their relationship to Jews and Muslims.
The guy was a spiritual stud.
All The Best,