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Pope John Paul II
  • Name: Pope John Paul II
  • Born: 05/18/1920
  • Died: 04/02/2005 (84 years old)

Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła [ˈkarɔlˈjuzɛvvɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) 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 PaulII is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.

Alias: Karol Józef Wojtyła

Death Place: Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

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