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Pope John Paul II (b. May 18, 1920, died April 2, 2005), born Karol Józef Wojtyławas in Wadowice, [[Poland]]. He held the second longest papacy in modern times. The first non-Italian [[Pope]] in 500 years. Became Vicar of Christ in 1978, the year of three Popes. By using Godly Love, he stood up to the Nazis and the Communists and overcame them both. His pontificate was successful in keeping a vibrant modern Church in strict accordance with Apostolic traditions. He had more Canonized more Saints than any other Pope. it is widely believed that John Paul II will be Saint witht he title "John Paul the Great."
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Pope John Paul II (b. May 18, 1920, died April 2, 2005), born Karol Józef Wojtyławas in Wadowice, [[Poland]]. He held the second longest papacy in modern times. The first non-Italian [[Pope]] in 500 years. Became Vicar of Christ in 1978, the year of three Popes. By using Godly Love, he stood up to the Nazis and the Communists and overcame them both. His pontificate was successful in keeping a vibrant modern Church in strict accordance with Apostolic traditions. He had Canonized more [[Saints]] than any other Pope. it is widely believed that John Paul II will be Saint witht he title "John Paul the Great."
  
 
==Early Life==
 
==Early Life==

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John Paul II

Pope John Paul II (b. May 18, 1920, died April 2, 2005), born Karol Józef Wojtyławas in Wadowice, Poland. He held the second longest papacy in modern times. The first non-Italian Pope in 500 years. Became Vicar of Christ in 1978, the year of three Popes. By using Godly Love, he stood up to the Nazis and the Communists and overcame them both. His pontificate was successful in keeping a vibrant modern Church in strict accordance with Apostolic traditions. He had Canonized more Saints than any other Pope. it is widely believed that John Paul II will be Saint witht he title "John Paul the Great."

Early Life

Karol was born the last of three siblings to father Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska . At a young age he was a known to be gentle and loving to all. In 1928, his mother died and 4 years later his older brother, who was a doctor, died of a extreme fever. He lived with his father until he entered the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He was a very good futbol (soccer) player and his nickname was 'Goalie'. Karol loved the arts and was involved in poetry and drama. In 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. At 21 years old, his father died. Occupied Poland was a tough life for Karol but he managed this by hiding within the underground movement. He refused any armed struggle, was intent on keeping his freedoms and the Polish people's dignity alive through arts. He was known to help Jewish Poles from the wrath of Nazi persecution. In 1942, at the age of 24 he entered the undeground seminary to study as a priest.


Election and Pontificate

The Conclave of Cardinals elected him Pope on October 1,1978. As Pope, John Paul II traveled to more places, visited more countries, and traveled more miles than any other previous Pope. He also conducted more public meetings with the faithful, as the total attendance of his Wednesday audiences alone eclipsed 17,600,000 people. Controversially, during his reign, as many new saints were created as had been created in the reigns of all previous popes combined.

On 22nd October 1996 Pope John Paul II made world headlines with his message1 delivered to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. It was entitled Magisterium Is Concerned with Question of Evolution for It Involves Conception of Man and resulted in headlines in many of the world's newspapers declaring that evolution and creation could coexist. His holiness stated his opinion on evolution that "In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in different scholarly disciplines. The convergence in the results of these independent studies—which was neither planned nor sought—constitutes in itself a significant argument in favor of the theory."

Another one of his accomplishments is the establishment of World Youth Day. Also, he wrote 14 Encyclicals, 5 books, and inumerous letters.

On May 9, 2005 John Paul II's successor, Pope Benedict XVI, waived the five year waiting period for beatification.

1 From the Vatican, 22 October 1996. Official translation published in L'Osservatore Romano, "Weekly Edition in English," 30 October 1996.

See also

Statue of Pope John-Paul II, at the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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