Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II

The biopic Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (ABC, December 1, 2005) explains in biographical form the life story of the late head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope John Paul II.


The plot of the film begins with the pope's visit to Jerusalem, a stop on his 91st trip abroad, which occurred between 20 March and 26 March 2000.

At the Western Wall, he asked God to forgive the sins of the church, before retreating alone to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

In flashbacks to an early age, he lost his mother and his brother Edmund. Later, he lived through the Nazi occupation of his homeland, Poland, during World War II and post war Communism. Through all these hardships, he maintained his love for Jesus of Nazareth and the virgin Mary.

He became an ordained priest, and eventually Krakow's archbishop, where he began his fight against Communism and its oppression. On October 16, 1978, Karol Wojtyla became the 264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and now called himself John Paul II.

The "Polish Pope" himself made history with the third longest papacy ever. He made his triumphant papal return to Poland in June, 1979, confronted liberation theology, survived the assassination attempt on himself in 1981 by Mehmet Ali Agca (who he later forgave in 1983) and used his influence to help bring both Communist and right-wing totalitarian regimes, such as Alfredo Stroessner's dictatorship in Paraguay, to their knees. Afterwards, he expressed distress over materialism and unprincipled capitalism in his native Poland and denounced the sexual abuse of children that was brought to his attention in 2002, saying that "every sin can be forgiven, but by God, not by me".

On 2 April 2005, Pope John Paul II died.


The ABC film treated the topic of Catholicism differently from some expectations. The film made no attempt to focus on the Holy Scriptures, but rather focused on the devotion of John Paul II to his faith.

Production took place in Lithuania and partly in Rome. Because Benedict XVI had already given Vatican filming rights to CBS for its portrayal of the life of Pope John Paul II, production for the film scenes which play in the Vatican were done on sets.

Thomas KretschmannJohn Paul II
Bruno GanzCardinal Wyszyński
Sebastian KnappMehmet Ali Ağca
Jasper Harristhe 10-year-old Wojtyla
Survila Ignasthe 12-year-old Wojtyla
Ignatavicius PauliusEdmund Wojtyla
Petar GoranovKarol's father
Salauskaite IngaEmilia Wojtyla
Michael KlesicStanislaw Starowieyski
Richard ReesWojciech Jaruzelski
Charles KayPaul VI
John AlbasinyStanisław Dziwisz
Roland OliverAdam Stefan Sapieha
Joaquim de AlmeidaArchbishop Óscar Romero
Sabrina JavorGinka

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