Poland unveils world's tallest statue of Pope John Paul II

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) - A giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II, billed as the world's tallest, has been unveiled in southern Poland.

Archbishop Waclaw Depo unveiled the statue of the Polish Pontiff on Saturday in the southern city of Czestochowa, the home of this predominantly Catholic nation's most famous pilgrimage site, the Jasna Gora monastery.

The white fiberglass figure rises about five stories, or nearly 14m, on a hill overlooking the city. It was funded by a businessman, Mr Leszek Lyson, in gratitude for what he believes was an intervention by the late Pontiff in saving his drowning son.

John Paul, who led the Roman Catholic church for 27 years before dying in 2005, remains a respected figure in his homeland.