On May 1st Pope John Paul II was Beatified. This step was taken not because of the profound impact of his pontificate, the multitude of his writings, or the depth of his knowledge of theology. Rather, his beatification is because he lived in a faithful and heroic way the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love, and provided a model for us to imitate. The Vatican spokesman who served under Blessed John Paul II added that the key to his effectiveness was that he firmly believed that each person was created in God’s image and likeness, and that this was what attracted people to him. Having worked under him myself in Rome, I was privileged to see close-up that he was indeed the Pope of Life.