Officially proclaiming blesseds and saints has not been something marginal or occasional in the twenty years of John Paul II's pontificate. Our Sunday Visitor invites you to get acquainted with these blesseds and saints, these holy men and women, in John Paul II's Book of Saints. Created in the same easy-to-use format that characterizes Our Sunday Visitor's other popular reference works, John Paul II's Book of Saints is an extensive compendium of the Pope's more than three hundred canonizations, and more than seven hundred beatifications to date. Here are the stories of those the Holy Father proposes as models for us to imitate - real people we can feel confident will forward our praises and requests to Our Heavenly Father. With its emphasis on the Church's vision of the Faith and how holy men and women from around the globe have lived out that vision over the centuries, John Paul II's Book of Saints is more than a listing of the Pope’s saints and blessed; it is also and inspirational collection of biographies that will enable readers to enrich their faith and explore the courage and conviction of those who have entered the gates of heaven.