He is the first Polish pope in history, and the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI
He was Pope for nearly 27 years, the second-longest pontificate after Pope Pius IX, the only Polish pope in history and the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Adrian VI
in the 16th century.
1978: Elected the 264th pope, the first Polish pope and the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI
While John Paul was the first non-Italian Pope since the Dutch-German Pope Adrian VI
died in 1523, there were other non-Italian Popes before then.
He opened the door for future non-Italian Popes as he was the first since Adrian VI
25 Years Ago Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland last night became the first non-Italian to be elected Pope since Adrian VI
of Holland in 1522.
Pope Adrian VI
died after a fly got stuck in his throat as he was drinking from a water fountain.
Pope Adrian VI
acknowledged in 1523 that the Church leadership and members had contributed to the religious convulsions of his time.
He had served longer as cardinal than any Pope since Benedict XIII and is the ninth German Pope - the eighth having been the Dutch-German Pope Adrian VI
After the year 1000 only two popes, Adrian VI
(1522-1523) and Marcellus II (1555), kept their baptismal names.
Further, he is the first non-Italian pope since 1522, when Adrian VI
(or, better, Hadrian VI), a Dutchman, was elected and lived only a little over a year.
At times Berni adopts a highly polemical attitude towards political and religious matters; the "Capitolo di papa Adriano," for example, criticizes the election of Adrian VI