Polish filmmaker Slawomir Ciok's documentary Pope John Paul II: The Memories He Left Behind pays homage to the titular papal father (born Karol Wojtyla), who served at the Vatican from the fall of 1978 through his death in 2005, and at the time of his reign marked the first Polish pope ever and the first non-Italian pope in over 350 years. The program begins by featuring candid interviews with Poles who wax reverential on their fond memories of Wojtyla's reign in Vatican City. Historians then explore John Paul's manifold accomplishments, disclosing a number of seldom-discussed truths and insights into the great Pope, and the documentary concludes with an extended reflection on Wojtyla's death in 2005 and the international mourning it prompted.
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