Pope John Paul II

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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: What Would Jesus Surf? By Farhad Manjoo, Wired News, March 1, 2002

1920 Born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, to an administrative officer in the Polish army and a former schoolteacher.
A short Biographical Sketch
Pope John Paul II - at The Catholic Community Forum
CNN - Biography - Pope John Paul II
New book - Witness To Hope by George Weigel
See for for official biography
1978 Chosen by the College of Cardinals to lead the Roman Catholic Church. He is number 265 in a long list of Popes. (or is he #264?)
Writings & Speeches
Travel 1995 - Visit to US - October 4-8
1996 - Visit to France - 19-22 September
1997 - Rio de Janeiro - 2-6 October
1998 - Visit to Cuba - January 21 to 25
Infallibility The Doctrine of Papal Infallibility
Articles and Stories
In the News

ZENIT News Agency -The World Seen from Rome
Catholic World News
Yahoo Full Coverage - Pope John Paul II

Espaņol Juan Pablo II
Zenit, agencia de noticias
The Web

The Pope Page
John Paul II @open directory

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