Karol Jzef Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920. He became Pope John Paul II on October 16, 1978 after the sudden and untimely death of Pope John Paul I who had only been pope for a month. Because of that tragedy, the College of…more
Pope John Paull II was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 4th, 2004.
Toward the end of his life, Pope John Paul II's doctors confirmed that he had Parkinson's disease.
Mehmet Ali Ağca attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II on May 13th, 1981. He took a 9mm automatic handgun into the crowd of St. Peter Square where the Pope was arriving in an open vehicle. Mehmet shot the Pope mostly in the lower body.
While serving asthe Bishop of Ombi, he participated in the Second Vatican Council in the 1960'sthat began a massive review of church doctrine. During this time he became Archbishop of Krakow.
As a young man he attended Krakow's Jagiellonian University in 1938. However, due to the Nazi invasion of Poland, he was never able to finish his schooling.
When Harlem Globetrotter's celebrated their 75th anniversary, they added Pope John Paul II to their team. They gave him a jersey with #75 on it.
He was the most active Pope in recent history. He visited over 100 nations during his time as the Pope.
Many people now call him Pope John Paul The Great.
He was 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
He was the leader of the Catholic Church for almost 27 years.
He was the central figure, in Kenneth Joel Hotz documentary "The Papal Chase".
Was succeeded by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (19 April 2005).
Childhood nickname: Lolek (an abbreviation of Karol, his birth name).
He spoke eight languages.
He is the very first Polish Pope.
His life was reproduced in Marvel Comic books series in the early 80´s.
Elected in 1978, he became the first non-Italian Pope in 456 years.
Pope John Paul II: (2004 speech welcoming Pres. Bush to Italy) Our thoughts also turn today to the twenty years in which the Holy See and the United States have enjoyed formal diplomatic relations, established in 1984 under President Reagan. These relations have promoted mutual understanding on great issues of common interest and practical cooperation in different areas.
Pope John Paul II: (Papal Motto) Toutus Tuus (Totally Yours)
Pope John Paul II: Be not afraid.
Pope John Paul II: (last words) Let me go to the house of the Father