The great manifestation of sorrow in all corners of the world after the death of John Paul II is a proof of the exceptionality of this man of God. To a Pole, this is a reminder that he does not belong only to us. The memory of his teaching is of universal value. It has been said that through the 27 years of his pontificate he traveled a distance that would have allowed him to reach the moon and return back to Earth. Wherever he went he was able to reach out and touch the souls of different people: young and old, rich and poor, simple and intellectually sophisticated, people of different races, Catholics and non-Catholics.