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Pope John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan Paweł II) born Karol Józef Wojtyła (help·info) IPA: [ˈkaɾɔl ˈjuzεf vɔi̯ˈtɨwa]; 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. His was the second-longest pontificate after Pius IX’s 31-year reign. He has been the only Polish pope, and was the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Adrian VI in the 1520s.

John Paul II was Pope during a period in which the Catholic Church’s influence declined in developed countries but expanded in the Third World. During his reign, the pope traveled extensively, visiting over 100 countries, more than any of his predecessors. He remains one of the most-traveled world leaders in history. He was fluent in numerous languages: his native Polish and also Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Croatian, Portuguese, Russian and Latin. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he canonized a great number of people.

He beatified 1,340 people, more people than any previous pope. The Vatican asserts he canonized more people than the combined tally of his predecessors during the last five centuries, and from a far greater variety of cultures. Whether he had canonized more saints than all previous popes put together, as is sometimes also claimed, is difficult to prove, as the records of many early canonizations are incomplete, missing, or inaccurate.

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  • SolidArtists

    In 2014, Pope John Paul II will be made a Saint. Don't miss the movie event of the year! Pope John Paul II, A Saint, A Man, will be available on Facebook and iTunes on Good Friday April 18th. LIKE the official Facebook page here for news and updates! --> http://on.fb.me/1iOQANX

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  • nuorimaa

    lol at tags. tagged as seen dead tho

    6 Mar 12:18pm Reply
  • Itakpomrzemy

    heh.. nie lubię gościa ale no nie przesadzajmy z atakiem na religie.. niech każdy wierzy w co chce..

    16 Feb 1:14pm Reply
  • soestdyik

    Ketzerpodcast: Gotteswahn 2012 - GBS-Sendung beim Freien Radio für Stuttgart . Ich möchte all meinen Freunden dieses Video auf You Tube empfehlen .Vor allen aber dem Günter ( roots-roy )

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • soestdyik

    Für die Sendung „Humanismus und Aufklärung" der GBS-Regionalgruppe Stuttgart haben wir eine spezielle Folge des Ketzerpodcasts produziert, in der wir die biblischen Weihnachtsgeschichten sowie das neue Jesusbuch des Papstes unter die Lupe nehmen, unsere entgrenzte Vernunft und unseren Vulgärrationalismus an der EKD-Kulturbeauftragten Petra Bahr auslassen und die Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung und das Manifest des evolutionären Humanismus vorstellen.

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Octaviobanake

    You know, He's better than the new guy...

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • soestdyik

    Not only the Pope claims to be infallible, but also GÜNTER is firmly convinced beyond any doubt.(... Only the Prince Carneval in Rome in his dress is so successful and has rather devout followers,...) ..Question answer of roots-roy, but also of the Pope to legitimate questions you should not comment this has no purpose, however. they have their opinion, as all religious fanatics the sole Wahrheit.Und they are in the new - all over the world against all reason and mind trying to convince year in their missionseifer

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • soestdyik

    Weisheiten und Tatsachen ....!!!!!!Als die ersten Missionare nach Afrika kamen, besaßen sie die Bibel und wir das Land. Sie forderten uns auf zu beten. Und wir schlossen die Augen. Als wir sie wieder öffneten, war die Lage genau umgekehrt: Wir hatten die Bibel und sie das Land. Erzbischof Desmond Tutu

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Someone should make a Freud videogame.

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Issa_X

    It makes me feel like a big man.

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Issa_X

    We could start a band. I'll sing, Pedro can play bass... Someone else can do the other stuff. We'll be called Pope John Paul IV!

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    http://www.last.fm/music/Pope%2520John%2520Paul%2520III?ac=pope%20joh

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    almost as good as coldplay

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • moglioverdrive

    So is ascot

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Issa_X

    Melon is a fruit

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • trashcity_

    Last.fm makes me envision a fruitier Brazil though.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • trashcity_

    City of God is a wild movie but I'm sure you know that already.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Issa_X

    Pedro's crying at his laptop again

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • trashcity_

    Why would you smoke weed to Joy Division??

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • trashcity_

    Oh okay, so here's where you guys are hiding.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
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