God of our fathers, you chose Abraham and his descendants to bring your name to the nations: We are deeply saddened by the behavior of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and, asking your forgiveness, we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the covenant.
Written prayer, placed by John Paul II into the "Wailing Wall" while visiting Jerusalem. (2000)
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II, né Karol Józef Wojty?a (born 1920-05-18 in Wadowice, Poland, died 2005-04-02 in Vatican City), was Pope — the Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 1978-10-16, becoming the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first pope of Slavic origin in the history of the Church.