Powerful leader of Catholic Church who was the Archbishop of New York from 1984 to 2000.
He was a Korean War chaplain who would enter combat zones to say Mass and last rites for soldiers.
He opposed condom distribution as an AIDS-prevention measure, viewing it as being contrary to the Church's teaching.
John's parents were named Dorothy and Thomas, he had four siblings.
He was titled as Bishop of Scranton on May 6, 1983 by John Paul II.