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Karol Wojtyla was elected pope on 16 October 1978, becoming the Catholic Church's first non-Italian pontiff in over 450 years. He took the name John Paul II as a nod to his predecessor, John Paul I, whose term lasted only one month. John Paul II became known particularly for his globetrotting ways; as pope he visited more than 100 countries worldwide. He was also known as a champion of human rights and for his conservative positions on social issues like abortion, homosexuality and contraception More »
Born: May 18, 1920 (Wadowice, Poland)

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Pope John Paul II served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He is called Saint John Paul the Great by some Catholics. He was  ...

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Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, ...

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Apr 25, 2014 ... Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi ...

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May 23, 2018 ... St. John Paul II: Saint John Paul II, the bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church (1978–2005), the first non-Italian pope in 455 ...

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Dec 27, 2017 ... See CNN's Fast Facts for a look at the life of the late Pope John Paul II. He was canonized as a saint on April 27, 2014.

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The life of a saint is one in which the Gospel is luminous. In this way, the Church has received an inestimable gift in St. John Paul II. Through his life, he has ...

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S. Ioannes Paulus PP. II. Karol Wojtyla. 16.X.1978. -. 2.IV.2005. John Paul II · Angelus / Regina Caeli · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 ...

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All of the major themes of John Paul II's papacy can be traced to the shaping events of his life--a life whose roots are sunk in Polish soil. His Christian vision, his ...

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October 22. Born in Wadowice, Poland, Pope Saint John Paul II had lost his mother, father, and older brother before his 21st birthday. Then his promising ...