A documentary film about the most recognizable religious leader in history, NBC NEWS PRESENTS: THE LIFE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II presents archival footage and interviews with both secular and ecclesiastical associates to provide an in-depth biographical portrait. Beginning with the Pope's childhood in Poland, it continues on to his experiences in World War II, which gave him a life long respect for human rights. The film charts how he rose through the church hierarchy as a resolute but flexible leader, finally becoming the first Slavic pope ever elected. Pope John Paul II restored the renown of the Catholic Church around the world through his travels and his theological brilliance. THE LIFE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II is hosted by NBC News correspondent Keith Morrison, a respected reporter known for his coverage of important world events like the Yom Kippur War and the Tiananmen Square rebellion.