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Pope John Paul II

1920 - 2005

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Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛv vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was later canonised as Pope Saint John Paul II. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected pope on the third day of the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after John Paul I, who had been elected in the first papal conclave of 1978 earlier in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Wojtyła adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope John Paul II has received more than 13,156,466 page views. His biography is available in 142 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 136 in 2019). Pope John Paul II is the 15th most popular religious figure (down from 12th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Poland and the most popular Polish Religious Figure.

Pope John Paul II was the pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. He was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and is the second-longest serving pope in history. Pope John Paul II is most famous for his leadership of the Catholic Church during the collapse of communism and for his role in the downfall of the Soviet Union.

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Among religious figures, Pope John Paul II ranks 15 out of 2,238Before him are Solomon, Saint Peter, John the Baptist, Zoroaster, Saint Nicholas, and Jacob. After him are Francis of Assisi, Aaron, Isaac, Saint George, Saint Joseph, and Andrew the Apostle.

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Among people born in 1920, Pope John Paul II ranks 1After him are Federico Fellini, Isaac Asimov, Charles Bukowski, Yul Brynner, Frank Herbert, Toshiro Mifune, Rosalind Franklin, Ray Bradbury, Farouk of Egypt, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, and Mario Puzo. Among people deceased in 2005, Pope John Paul II ranks 1After him are Edward Heath, Rosa Parks, Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, Peter Drucker, George Best, Claude Simon, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Paul Ricœur, Simon Wiesenthal, Arthur Miller, and Rinus Michels.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Pope John Paul II ranks 4 out of 1,454Before him are Nicolaus Copernicus (1473), Marie Curie (1867), and Frédéric Chopin (1810). After him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Catherine the Great (1729), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Lech Wałęsa (1943), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Fritz Haber (1868).


Among religious figures born in Poland, Pope John Paul II ranks 1After him are Maximilian Kolbe (1894), Faustina Kowalska (1905), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), Saint Casimir (1458), Angelus Silesius (1624), Itzhak Stern (1901), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Stanislaus Kostka (1550), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947), and Hyacinth of Poland (1185).