John Paul II Biography

Pope John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła was pope of the Catholic Church from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. In Catholicism, since his canonisation, he is referred to as Pope Saint John Paul II or Saint John Paul the Great, for example as a name for institutions. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX, who served for nearly 32 years from 1846 to 1878. Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Pope Adrian VI, who served from 1522 to 1523.

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, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He upheld the Church's teachings on such matters as artificial contraception and the ordination of women, but also supported the Church's Second Vatican Council and its reforms.

He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
John Paul II
Full Name:
Karol Józef Wojtyła
Nationality:
Poland
Profession:
Writer, Philosopher, Priest
Ethnicity:
Poles
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
May 18, 1920
Astrological Sign:
Taurus
Date of Death:
April 2, 2005
Age at Death:
84
Cause of Death:
Parkinson's disease, Myocardial infarction
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