John Paul was, famously, a bundle of paradoxes; he defied every attempt to put him in an ideological box, and he was equally bewildering to his admirers and his detractors. Edward Stourton unravels John Paul's life, his beliefs, his actions and ultimately places him in context within the Catholic Church of the 20th and 21st Century. A wonderfully, insightful, involving and rewarding look at the life of a man who was not only one of the most important men of the last thirty years of the 20th century but who became, in his last days, a living symbol of the Christian response to suffering and an inspiration to billions.
Edward Stourton is a Presenter of Radio 4's Today programme and the weekly religious affairs programme, Sunday. He has been involved in news broadcasting since 1983, working for Channel Four News as their Washington Correspondent, the BBC as their Paris Correspondent and ITN as Diplomatic Editor. He presented the One O'clock News for the BBC for six years from 1993 before joining Today and has also produced and presented major TV documentaries such as Panorama, Assignment, Correspondent and, in 1997, a four part landmark series for BBC2, Absolute Truths.