Pope John Paul II

1920 - 2005

Pope John Paul II

Pope Saint 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 the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was elected pope by the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and 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 8,376,147 page views. His biography is available in 135 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 13th most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Pope John Paul II ranks 13 out of 2,001Before him are Mary, mother of Jesus, Pope Francis, Paul the Apostle, John the Baptist, Solomon, and Zoroaster. After him are Joseph, Saint George, Jacob, Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene, and Judas Iscariot.

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

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Pope John Paul II ranks 4 out of 930Before him are Nicolaus Copernicus (1473), Marie Curie (1867), and Frédéric Chopin (1810). After him are Catherine the Great (1762), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), Lech Wałęsa (1943), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Heinz Guderian (1888).


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), Emil Krebs (null), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), and Stanisław Dziwisz (1939).

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