Pope John Paul II

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Date of Birth May 18, 1920
Place of Birth Wadowice, Poland
Date of Death Apr 2, 2005 (84)
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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He was elected pope by the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him. John Paul II is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He upheld the Church's teachings on such matters as the right to life, artificial contraception, the ordination of women, and a celibate clergy, and although he supported the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he was seen as generally conservative in their interpretation.

Diocese: Rome
See: Holy See
Installed: 16 October 1978
Term ended: 2 April 2005
Predecessor: John Paul I
Successor: Benedict XVI
Ordination: 1 November 1946, by Adam Stefan Sapieha
Consecration: 28 September 1958, by Eugeniusz Baziak
Created Cardinal: 26 June 1967, by Paul VI
Birth name: Karol Józef Wojtyła
Born: May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Second Polish Republic
Died: April 2, 2005, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City
Nationality: Polish
Denomination: Catholic
Previous post: Auxiliary Bishop of Kraków, Poland (1958–1964), Titular Bishop of Ombi (1958–1964), Archbishop of Kraków, Poland (1964–1978), Cardinal-Priest of San Cesareo in Palatio (1967–1978)
Motto: Totus Tuus, (Totally yours)
Feast day: 22 October
Venerated in: Catholic Church
Beatified: 1 May 2011, St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, by Benedict XVI
Canonized: 27 April 2014, St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, by Francis
Attributes: Papal ferula, Papal vestments
Patronage: Poland, Archdiocese of Kraków, World Youth Day (co-Patron), World Meeting of Families 2015 (co-patron), Young Catholics, Families, Świdnica, Trecastelli, Borgo Mantovano, Rivignano Teor Paradahan, Tanza, Cavite
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About Pope John Paul II

Second longest-serving pope in history who was the leader of the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. He was one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century who worked to bring together Christians, Jews, and Muslims. He was canonized as a Saint in April of 2014.

Before Fame

He was a playwright who would also perform with various theatre groups.


He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate and helping end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.

Family Life

He had two older siblings.


He was the pope of the Catholic Church and was succeeded by Pope Benedict XVI.

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