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 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 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 10,892,857 page views. His biography is available in 136 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 135 in 2019). Pope John Paul II is the 12th most popular religious figure (up from 13th 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 12 out of 2,272Before him are Mary, mother of Jesus, Saint Peter, Paul the Apostle, Pope Francis, John the Baptist, and Zoroaster. After him are Jacob, Saint George, Francis of Assisi, Judas Iscariot, Elijah, and Solomon.

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Among people born in 1920, Pope John Paul II ranks 1After him are Isaac Asimov, Federico Fellini, Yul Brynner, Charles Bukowski, Ray Bradbury, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Toshiro Mifune, Rosalind Franklin, Mario Puzo, Farouk of Egypt, and Paul Celan. 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, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Arthur Miller, Paul Ricœur, Claude Simon, Rafic Hariri, and Simon Wiesenthal.

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Among people born in Poland, Pope John Paul II ranks 4 out of 1,231Before him are Nicolaus Copernicus (1473), Frédéric Chopin (1810), and Marie Curie (1867). After him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Catherine the Great (1729), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Heinz Guderian (1888), and Lech Wałęsa (1943).


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 Kostka (1550), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Hyacinth of Poland (1185), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), and Stanisław Dziwisz (1939).