John Paul II

Pope John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) served as Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City from 16 October 1978 until his death. He has been widely acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century.

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What is a Joannes Paulus II Pontifex Maximus mean?

It means John Paul II Supreme Pontiff - if translated into English. Pontifex Maximus being the ancient title of the High Priest of the polytheistic Roman Religion which was once a title of the Roman Emperors until the title was granted by Gratian to Pope Damasus.

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When was Pope John Paul II elected to the papacy?

Pope John Paul became pope on October 16, 1978.

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How tall was Pope John Paul II?

5'10"
Pope John Paul II is 5' 10".

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Why did Pope John want to be a priest?

Because he wanted to be a massager and a helper of God

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How many years did Pope John Paul serve as pope?

Pope John Paul II, born in 1920, was elected in 1978 at the very young age of 58 and served for over 26 years, dying in 2005 at the age of 84.

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Who has replaced Pope John Paul II?

Pope Benedict XVI replaced John Paul II. Benedict retired on February 28, 2013, and was replaced by Pope Francis on March 13, 2013.

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What was the mission of Pope John Paul II?

Pope John Paul II, on top of the normal missions assigned to those who are elected to the papal office, saw himself as possessing of a very particular mission, and that was to enact, correct and nurture the reforms of Vatican II. Since the changes of Vatican II membership in the Church as well as the number of religious vocations had drastically fallen away. The pope believed Vatican II was good and only needed to be correctly interpreted and applied in order to reverse these poor fruits. John Paul II was therefore the champion of the last council, ushering in what proponents called "the New Springtime of Vatican II". Many abuses had crept in as well as conflicts regarding conciliar interpretation. Pope John Paul II sought to quell such disputes and align the regions of the world in correct application of pastoral direction. He also saw it as his mission to use modern technology and transportation to reach the peoples of the world by visiting their countries and familiarizing himself with their customs and concerns. He also tried to reach the younger generations which showed signs of becoming alienated from religious practice and observance. To this end he encouraged many new youth projects and groups, the most popular of which has become "World Youth Day". It was these social outreach efforts that endeared him most to the world, although God took him before he could see the ultimate conclusion of the Vatican II reforms.

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What did Pope John Paul ll do in Poland during World War 2?

In 1938 Karol Wojtyla started studying in the University Jagiellonski, which was closed down in the beginning of the World War 2 by the Germans. He then worked in a quarry (1940-1944) and in the "Solvay" chemical factory in order to avoid being deported to Germany. During WW2 Karol Wojtyla was also studying in a secret Catholic seminary and was active in an "underground liberation movement" in a "Rhapsody Theatre".

he also wanted little boys that would "help" him with his study

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What is Pope John Paul's last name?

There are two Pope John Pauls: the name of the first before he became pope was Albino Luciani. The more more famous John Paul II's baptismal name was Karol Wojtyla. Benedict XVI's was Joseph Ratzinger. Like a woman who takes her husband's name upon marriage, the new pope takes a religious name which then becomes his "real" name from that point onwards although when the pope signs legal documents he likely must sign his birth name since other religious, like monks and nuns who take religious names, must use their birth names on secular, legal documentation.

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What date did Pope John Paul visit Heaton Park in Manchester?

the 31st may 1982

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How long did Pope John Paul II's papacy last?

His papacy began on 16th October 1978 and it ended on 2nd April 2005. He was a pope for more than two and a half decades.

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Did Pope John Paul II grow up in a rich family?

His Father was a soldier and they lived in a modest home in Wadowice Poland

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When was Paul Ulrich Villard born?

Paul Ulrich Villard was born on September 28, 1860.

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How many languages did pope john paul II speak?

From one of his Biographies:

"He was fluent in ten languages -- Polish, Latin, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Croatian, Portuguese, and Russian."

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What illness did Pope John Paul II have?

He had Parkinson's disease which is a progressive neurological disorder. It is marked by rotary tremors of the hands and arms and by a masklike facial expression. It can cause depression and dementia in some people. He lost his ability to walk and speak clearly because Parkinson's is caused by damage to the substantia nigra region of the brain. This, in turn, causes a lack of dopamine which can be treated by taking L-dopa but this is only a temporary cure. Death occurs after 10-20 years because immobility and difficulty in coordination can cause choking(as happened to the Pope) or can cause the person to fall. Pope John Paul died due to septic shock brought on by a UTI. He was tube fed at the end because of the tracheostomy.

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How did Pope John Paul ll become pope?

Pope's are elected by a conclave of cardinals voting for a candidate. Cardinal Karol Wojtyła was chosen on October 16, 1978. He took the name John Paul II.

Just a quick addition: He was elected after the 33 day papacy of Pope John Paul I who died suddenly in his sleep due to complications of an undiagnosed heart condition (it's considered by some that John Paul I died from a heart attack). 1978 is sometimes referred as the "Year of 3 Popes" because Pope Paul VI (elected in 1963) led the Church until his death in the summer, than the first conclave elected Cardinal Albino Luciani as Pope John Paul I, followed by the second conclave in October elected Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II who closed out the year and reigned until 2005.

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Why did Ian Paisley and Pope John Paul hate each other?

I don't know what JP II's feelings towards Paisley were, but being decried as "The anti-Christ" when he attended the European parliament probably didn't endear him to the late pope.

Paisley is a believer in a very strong (extreme) form of protestant Christianity, and one which sees Roman Catholicism as evil and not a true Christianity. The Vatican is also seen as an evil power, working against god's word. Paisley sees Catholicism as one of the big enemies, not least because of it's role in Irish republicanism (which he opposes).

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When did Pope John Paul II become pope?

He was elected on October 16, 1978.
He was born on May 18, 1920. He became pope on October 16, 1978. He died on April 2, 2005.

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What were some of the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II?

because he brought peace , was a leader and united everyone Answer: 1. He effectively restored the role of the Pope as an evangelist. 2. He brought back to the office the dynamism it had lost over the centuries. 3. He, through his convictions and faith, brought the revolution of conscience that was the single most important factor in the fall of communism 4. He is considered, through his influence the most effective recruiter of priests of the last 25 years. 5. His most important contribution to the body of knowledge of God was the Theology of the body, which according to some, it is destined to change the way the world views sexuality. For he describes spousal intimacy as an image of God's internal life. (I personally believe that this will earn him the title of Doctor of the Faith) 6. He commissioned the New Catechism and was deeply involved in the process. 7. He created the new canon law for oriental churches. 8. He achieved an unprecedented level of dialogue with the separate Christian brothers and signed several joint theological declarations with some separate oriental churches. 9. He reinstated the interrupted theological dialogue with Judaism, our older brothers in the faith. 10. He gave testimony through pain and insisted that pain is a blessing. 11. He "oiled the wheels" of the arthritic central bureaucracy of the church. 12. He added the luminous mysteries to the Rosary (I personally always wondered why the joyful mysteries address Christ life before his public life, the sorrowful His Passion and the glorious His resurrection and Glory, but there were no mysteries in regards to his public life) 13. He put forward the objectives of Council Vatican II and committed the church irrevocably to the route marked by it, as understood in light of the church tradition and teachings, and away from both the incorrect interpretations of the Marxist filters and the flat rejection of the ultra conservatives. 14. He intervened decisively in the III CELAM (Conference of the Latinoamerican Episcopate) to convince the bishops from Latin America that Liberation Theology, while it had valid points in its demands for power for the suffering, basically reverted as a mirror image of the structures it was criticizing. 15. Through his appointments, he made sure that his succesor would be elected by the most multinational conclave in history. 16. He renovated the process Beatification and Canonization. 17. He performed more Beatifications and Canonizations than all his predecesors together. 18. He brought back the role of the church as intermediary in international disputes, particularly when it involves two catholic adversaries. 19. He wrote an impressive amount of document that touch each and every aspect of Catholic life and the most pressing issues around the world. 20. He has invited The orthodox and the protestant to envision a Papacy that can work for the whole christian communion. 21. He has published several Best Sellers (including the Cathechism). 22. All in all, his papacy has been the most important since the council of Trent at the very least, and experts agree that it will (and has alredy started) define the course of the church for centuries to come.

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How many popes have had the name Pope Paul?

For right now there are 6 Pope Paul's

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Which exact numbers of Acta Apostolicae Sedis correspond to the 14 encyclicals of John Paul II?

The Acta Apostolicae Sedis is the 'newspaper' used to officially publish all decrees of the Vatican, published monthly. If you have a need to index the paper to the encyclicals, the archives of His Late Holiness are online.

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What nationality was Pope John Paul II?

John Paul II was born and raised in Poland.

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Where was the Pope John Paul II born?

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born on May 18, 1920, at Wadowice, Republic of Poland.

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How did Pope John Paul II die?

Pope John Paul II was 85 years old when he died. In his later years, his health began to suffer, particularly after he developed Parkinson's Disease during the 1990s.

Pope John Paul II was hospitalized with breathing problems caused by a bout of influenza on February 1, 2005. He left hospital on February 10, but was subsequently hospitalized again with breathing problems two weeks later and underwent a tracheotomy. On March 31 2005, following a urinary tract infection, he developed septic shock, a form of infection with a high fever and low blood pressure, but was not hospitalized. Instead, he was monitored by a team of consultants at his private residence. This was taken as an indication that the pope was nearing death. On Saturday April 2, 2005, at about 15:30 CEST, John Paul II spoke his final words, "Allow me to depart to the house of the Father"). A few hours later he fell into a coma. He died in his private apartment, at 21:37 CEST of heart failure from profound hypotension and complete circulatory collapse from septic shock.
According to his death certificate, Pope John Paul's death was attributed to septic shock, hypotension and circulatory collapse.

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What year did Pope John Paul II visit the Philippines?

The Pope made two visits to the Philippines - in 1981 and again in 1995.

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