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Pope John Paul II (1920- ) is said to be the most recognized person in the
world. He is the most traveled Pope in the 2,000 year history
of the Church and speaks eight languages. Born Karol Joseph Wojtyla
(pronounced Voy-tee-wah) in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920 to
an administrative officer in the Polish army and a former schoolteacher.
In 1978, at the age of 58 the College of Cardinals elected him
to lead the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first non-italian
chosen as Pope in 456 years and the youngest in this century.
At age 61 he suffered serious wounds during an assassination attempt.
The Vatican set out its "Catholic view of the Internet" - See:
Would Jesus Surf? By Farhad Manjoo, Wired News, March 1, 2002
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