John Paul II


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John Paul II

original name Karol Wojtyla. 1920--2005, pope from 1978 to 2005, born in Poland: the first non-Italian to be elected since 1522

John Paul II

 

(Karol Wojtyła). Born May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, near Kraków. Pope (elected 1978); the first non-Italian pope since 1523.

John Paul II studied at the University of Kraków and the Angelicum in Rome. He was ordained in 1946 and became a bishop in 1958. In 1964 he was appointed archbishop of Kraków, and in 1967 he was made a cardinal. Elected pope in October 1978, he declared his intention to continue the course of John XXIII and Paul VI in the renewal of the Catholic Church and to further the cause of peace and lessening of international tensions.

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