April 2005 Franciscan University Presents. Television show as seen on EWTN. On October 16, 1978, the election of a Polish pope shocked the world. Today, he is known as “John Paul the Great.” Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, and a guest lineup of Franciscan University theologians journey through 38 years of John Paul II’s extraordinary papacy, exploring his devotion to the Blessed Mother, implementation of the Second Vatican Council, moral theology, prayer life, and many other facets of his legacy. Available on DVD.