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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)


Dec 27, 2014 ... John Paul visited his attacker in a Rome prison exactly 31 years ago, on Dec. 27, 1983,. He later intervened to gain Agca's release in 2000.


Dec 27, 2014 ... Mehmet Ali Agca visited the Pope's tomb 31 years after Pope John Paul II visited him in prison.


May 7, 2016 ... VATICAN CITY — Thirty-five years ago, on May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot as he made his way through St. Peter's Square in the ...


When he was 9 years old, Pope St. John Paul II lost his own mother, and he was .... St. John Paul II later said, “Someone's hand had shot me, but Another Hand ...


The day we talked football with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Dec 25th 2015, 4:00 ... Man who shot Pope John Paul II kicked out of Italy. Dec 29th 2014, 3:19 ...


View and license Pope John Paul Ii pictures & news photos from Getty Images. ... Aides hold Pope John Paul II after being shot by a terrorist The Pope later ...


Dec 27, 2014 ... The Turkish gunman who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981 has been detained in Italy after he paid a surprise visit to the late ...


May 11, 2016 ... On 13 May 1981 an attempt was made to kill Pope John Paul II. ... Father Dunn describes how the Pope was shot by a young man aged about ...


Dec 27, 2014 ... Assassin Mehmet Ali Agca, who tried to killer Pope John Paul II has laid white ... Gunman who shot Pope John Paul II asks for a meeting with.