• He was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920.
  • Karol Józef WojtyÅ‚a "Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan PaweÅ‚ II) born Karol Józef WojtyÅ‚a (help·info) IPA: [ˈkaɾɔl ˈjuzεf vÉ”i̯ˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) reigned as the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City from 16 October 1978, until his death, almost 27 years later, making his the second-longest pontificate in modern times after Pius IX's 31-year reign. He is the only Polish pope, and was the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Adrian VI in the 1520s." Source and further information:
  • Cardinal Karol Wojtyla

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