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Pope John Paul II was considered a vocal advocate for human rights. Find out some interesting facts about “Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ”.

  • Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland.
  • In 1978, John Paul made history by becoming the first non-Italian pope.
  • He was a vocal advocate for human rights and used his influence to effect political change.
    Pope John Paul II

    “Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love. ” – John Paul II

  • John Paul held strong positions on many topics, including his opposition to capital punishment.
  • He played a decisive role in the downfall of communism in eastern Europe.
  • He has spoke out against abortion, artificial birth conrol, and euthanasia several times.
  • John Paul was the f irst pope to visit the White House.
  • He re-established diplomatic relations with Great Britain after a 450-year break.
  • In January 1984, re-established diplomatic relations with the United States which had been broken since 1867.
  • If you put together everything he wrote, it would equal the length of 20 Bibles.
  • He was one of the most-traveled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate.
  • He was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 1994.
  • He kept a map in which he marked every diocese in the world, and knew each bishop by heart.
  • John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, at the age of 84.
  • He was canonized (made a “saint” in the Catholic Church) on April 27, 2014.
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