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Pope John Paul II


Second longest-serving pope ever sold who was the first choice from the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. He was perhaps one of the most important leaders from the 20th hundred years who proved helpful to gather Christians, Jews, and Muslims. He was canonized being a Saint in Apr of 2014. He was a playwright who also perform with several theatre groupings. He was perhaps one of the most travelled globe leaders ever sold, going to 129 countries during his pontificate and assisting end Communist guideline in his indigenous Poland and finally all of European countries. He previously two old siblings. He was the pope from the Catholic Cathedral and was been successful by Pope Benedict XVI.

Quick Facts

Full Name Pope John Paul II
Date Of Birth May 18, 1920
Died April 2, 2005, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City
Place Of Birth Wadowice, Poland
Height 1.78 m
Profession Religious Leader
Education Jagiellonian University, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jagiellonian University
Nationality Polish
Parents Emilia Kaczorowska, Karol Wojtyla
Siblings Edmund Wojtyla, Olga Wojtyla
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Polish Academy Award for Best Sound
Movies La bottega dell'orefice, Our God's Brother, Tryptyk rzymski
Star Sign Taurus

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1 It is believed that about five million people came to Rome between April 2 and 8, 2005, to take part in his funeral -- that is considered the greatest mourning ceremony in the history of the world.
2 At 26 years, he had the third longest reign as Pope.
3 He is the most traveled Pope in history.
4 Died three days before the death of Prince Rainier of Monaco. Monaco is the second smallest independent nation in the world. Pope John Paul II was the ruler of the Vatican City, the world's smallest independent nation.
5 Ordained a Priest [1 November 1946]
6 Ordained a Bishop [4 July 1958]
7 Elevated to Cardinal [26 June 1967]
8 The Latin form of his name was Ioannes Paulus Secundus.
9 Canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people, believed to be more than all his predecessors combined.
10 Given the frequency of his pastoral visits to foreign countries, a very popular joke about him was "God is everywhere, and Wojtyla has already been there".
11 Was succeeded by Cardinal Joseph Alois Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (19 April 2005).
12 His immediate predecessor, Pope John Paul I, died of a pulmonary embolism after serving only one month in office, aged 65.
13 His official motto, "totus tuus" (all yours), referred to the Virgin.
14 Survived an assassination attempt by Mehmet Ali Agca in 1981.
15 Traveled more than any Pope in history, an estimated 750,000 miles to 129 countries during his Pontificate.
16 In 1986 he became the first Pope in almost two thousand years to enter a synagogue.
17 In 2001 he became the first Pope in history to enter a mosque.
18 His favourite motto: "Fear not."
19 Childhood nickname: Lolek (an abbreviation of Karol, his birth name).
20 Spoke 8 languages
21 The very first Polish Pope.
22 Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on July 27th 2000, presented to him at the Vatican on January 8th 2001. John Paul II was the first Pope to receive America's highest honor.
23 Suffered from Parkinson's Disease from 1992 until his death in 2005.
24 Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush [June 2004].
25 After the death of Pope John Paul I, on September 28, 1978, the College of Cardinals met in a secret conclave in the Vatican to elect the 264th successor to St. Peter as Bishop of Rome. In the eighth round of voting, on October 16, the cardinals chose Karol Wojtyla, who accepted their decision and chose the name John Paul II.
26 Had his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
27 Was a fan of Anthony Quinn. Baptized Francesco Quinn's twin children personally.
28 In the early 1980s, Marvel Comics produced his life story, in comic book form.
29 Elected in 1978, he became the first non-Italian Pope in 456 years.



Az aranymüves boltja elött 2012 TV Movie as Karol Wojtyla
Tryptyk rzymski 2007
Our God's Brother 1997 play "Brat Naszego Boga" - as Karol Wojtyla
The Jeweller's Shop 1988 play - as Karol Wojtyla



The Passions of Jesus Christ 2012 in memory of
Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale 2006 TV Special documentary special thanks
Pa d'àngel 1984 acknowledgment - as Karol Wojtyla



Philomena 2013 Himself (in photo) (uncredited)
Kordavision 2005 Documentary Himself
Kelly 2005 TV Series Himself
Pope John Paul II: Builder of Bridges 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Papal Chase 2004 Documentary Himself
BBC World News 2004 TV Series Himself
Panorama 2003 TV Series documentary Himself Pope
Heliga Birgitta 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
2002 World Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Har Haosher 2002 Documentary Himself
I Remember 2002 Documentary Himself (as Papiez Jan Pawel II)
In Search of History: Lourdes - Shrine of Miracles 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Padre Pio: Tra cielo e terra 2000 TV Movie Himself (as Karol Wojtyla)
Vatikan - Die Macht der Päpste 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The Evening Celebration 1995 TV Movie Himself
Inside the Vatican 1993 TV Mini-Series Himself
Nový Hyperion aneb Volnost, rovnost, bratrství 1992 Documentary Himself
Clive James' Postcard from... 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Na ojczystej ziemi 1988 Documentary Himself (as Karol Wojtyla)
Everyman 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Andy Williams and the NBC Kids: Easter in Rome 1987 TV Movie Himself
Fatima 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Credo 1983 Documentary
Musique au poing 1982 Documentary Himself (both versions)
Pielgrzym 1979 Documentary
La venida del Papa 1979 Documentary Himself
La visita del Papa en México 1979 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Cuéntame 2013-2017 TV Series Himself
Hostage to the Devil 2016 Documentary Himself
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Baumeister der Republik 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Menschen & Mächte 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Our Queen at Ninety 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Panorama 2015-2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Conspiracy 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Vatican Tapes 2015 Himself (uncredited)
Red River Bible & Prophecy Conference 2014 TV Series Himself
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Of Chaos and Confusion: The Modern Church 2012 Video documentary Himself
Österreich-Bild 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Márton Áron, püspök a keresztúton 2012 Documentary short
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary Himself
Room 237 2012/I Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Joschka und Herr Fischer 2011 Documentary Himself
Michel Petrucciani 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Tunay na buhay 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Habemus Papam 2011 Himself (uncredited)
Jan Pawel II: Szukalem Was... 2011 Documentary Himself
I-Witness 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Catholicism 2011 TV Series documentary Himself - Pope
Nazi Collaborators 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Macht der Wunder - Die Geheimnisse des Vatikans 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Le vrai pouvoir du Vatican 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mutter Teresa - Heilige der Dunkelheit 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Papst Johannes Paul II.)
A polos 25 2010 TV Series Himself
Die Konkurrenten - Russlands Wunderkinder II 2010 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Sacred Music 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Disappeared 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
50 años de 2009 TV Series Himself
The Man Who Would Be Polka King 2009 Documentary Himself
Popieluszko. Wolnosc jest w nas 2009 Himself (uncredited)
Lord, Save Us from Your Followers 2008 Video documentary Himself
Religulous 2008 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Catalunya.cat 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Joan Pau II)
Waiting for Hockney 2008 Documentary Himself - Pope
Banal 2008 Himself
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Memòries de la tele 2007 TV Series Himself
Democrazy 2007 Short Himself (uncredited)
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Himself
Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac 2006 Documentary Himself
John Paul II: The Memories He Left Behind 2006 Documentary Himself (as John Paul II)
Benedict XVI: The Keys of the Kingdom 2006 Documentary Himself
La Marató 2005 2005 TV Special Himself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Romanzo criminale 2005 Himself (uncredited)
On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde 2005 TV Series Himself
National Geographic: Inside 9/11 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt 2005 TV Series Himself
Mój tata Maciek 2005 Documentary Himself
Horisont 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Pontiff (segment "Pope John Paul II: Part I")
Insiders 2005 TV Series Himself
The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Travels & Traditions 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Zero Hour 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Pope
Sendung ohne Namen 2002-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Európából Európába 2004 Documentary short Himself
Fidel Castro. Ewiger Revolutionär 2004 Documentary short Himself
Mel Gibson: God's Lethal Weapon 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Total Onslaught 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Unsere Besten 2003 TV Series Himself
Juan Pablo II el pescador: XXV años con México 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
In Search of the Holy Grail 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Royal Family 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Adventure of English 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
Naqoyqatsi 2002 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
El crimen del Padre Amaro 2002 Himself (uncredited)
The J2 Project 2002 Video short Himself (uncredited)
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux 2002 Himself (uncredited)
National Geographic Video: Inside the Vatican 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Secret KGB Paranormal Files 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself - attempted assassination 1981
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Hermanas 1998 TV Series Himself
Armageddon 1998 Himself (uncredited)
Cold War 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Tales of the Gun 1998 TV Series documentary Himself (as Karol Wojtyla)
The Story of Bean 1997 TV Special documentary Himself (photo) (uncredited)
The Works 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Conspirators of Pleasure 1996 Himself (as Papez Jan Pavel II.)
Auf den Spuren der Allmächtigen 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Peter's Friends 1992 Himself (uncredited)
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Aparição 1991 Himself (uncredited)
Den gode, den onde & den virk'li sjove 1990 TV Series Himself
Powaqqatsi 1988 Documentary
Lulú de noche 1986 Himself (uncredited)
El balcón abierto 1984 Himself
Saturday Night Live 1983 TV Series Himself
Sweet Inquest on Violence 1982 Himself (as Karol Wojtyla)
Everyman 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Showtime Looks at 1981 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself - Pontiff
Weekend World 1979 TV Series Himself
Der Schnüffler 1977 Short Himself (uncredited)
Panorama Review of the Year 1965 1965 TV Movie Himself

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1 Life was about taking care of body and mind.
2 Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be - for the world - an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
3 Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.
4 You are young, and the Pope is old, 82 or 83 years of life is not the same as 22 or 23. But the Pope still fully identifies with your hopes and aspirations. Although I have lived through much darkness, under harsh totalitarian regimes, I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in the hearts of the young. You are our hope, the young are our hope. (To the youth gathered at the 17th World Youth Day, Toronto, Downsview Park, July 28, 2002)
5 I had positive experiences in many settings and from many people, and God's voice reached me through them.
6 As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
7 I truly come at the service of unity in love, but I come as a friend, too, and I am deeply grateful for your welcome. I have always admired your love of freedom, your generous hospitality to other peoples in their adversity; as a son of Poland I have the strongest, most personal reason for this admiration and for the thanks that go with it. (Homily during the Holly Mass in Westminster Cathedral, London, May 28, 1982)
8 "As I return to the Vatican, I do not abandon the land of my birth. I take with me the image of my homeland, from the Baltic to the Tatra, and I keep in my heart all that I have been granted to experience among my fellow countrymen. I want to assure you once again that in my thoughts and prayers Poland and the Polish people have a special place. I ask you, beloved brothers and sisters, to support me in my Petrine ministry for as long as Divine Providence enables me to carry it out." (Farewell address, Balice Airport, Kraków, Poland, June 17, 1999)
9 "Every return to Poland is like a return to the family home, where the smallest objects remind us of what is closest and dearest to our hearts." (Welcome address, Wroclaw Airport, Poland, May 31, 1997)
10 "What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust." (On his conversation to Ali Agca)
11 Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
12 I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing.
13 I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.
14 In the mercy of God the world will find peace and mankind will find happiness!
15 "At the end of this solemn liturgy, I desire to say that many of my personal memories are tied to this place. During the Nazi occupation, when I was working in the Solvay factory near here, I used to come here. Even now I recall the street that goes from Borek Falecki to Debniki that I took every day going to work on the different turns with the wooden shoes on my feet. They're the shoes that we used to wear then. How was it possible to imagine that one day the man with the wooden shoes would consecrate the Basilica of the Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki of Kraków." (Personal remarks made before the final blessing at the end of the Holy Mass, Kraków-Lagiewniki, August 17, 2002)
16 "No. John Paul Two, He Loves You" (Holy Father's answer to young people chanting the phrase "John Paul Two, We Love You")
17 "It is not easy to love with a deep love, which lies in the authentic gift of self. This love can only be learned by penetrating the mystery of God's love. Looking at him, being one with his fatherly heart, we are able to look with new eyes at our brothers and sisters, with an attitude of unselfishness and solidarity, of generosity and forgiveness. All this is mercy!" (Homily during the Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square for the Canonization of Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska, Rome, April 30, 2000)
18 "Physical condition or advancing of age are not obstacles to a perfect life. God does not look at external things but at the soul." (On his 83rd birthday, May 18, 2003)
19 "No to war! War is not always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity." (To diplomats on January 13, 2003, as the Iraq war loomed)
20 The Pope cannot remain a prisoner of the Vatican. I want to go to everybody...from the nomads of the steppes to the monks and nuns in their convents...I want to cross the threshold of every home.
21 "I am a young person aged 83." (Speaking to Spanish youths in Madrid, May 2003)
22 "You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way it could be said that you are our elder brother." (Addressing Jews during his historic visit to Rome's synagogue in 1986)
23 "When I first visited this shrine in 1979, I asked you to pray for me, while I am alive and after my death. Today I thank you and all the pilgrims of Kalwaria for these prayers, for the spiritual support I continually receive. I continue to ask you: do not stop praying - once again I repeat it - as long as I am alive and after my death." (At the end of the Holy Mass in the shrine of Our Lady of Kalwaria, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, August 19, 2002, few hours before the departure for Rome that ended his very last journey to Poland)
24 "I would like to add that this same song of the "Oasis" accompanied me 23 years ago outside of the homeland. I could hear it in my ears when I heard the verdict of the conclave. I have not forgotten this song of the "Oasis" all these years. It was like some kind of a hidden breath of the homeland. It was my guide on the variety of paths of the Church. It was this song that often led me spiritually here, to Blonie of Kraków, to the foot of the Kosciuszko Hill. I thank you, song of the "Oasis". I thank you Blonie of Kraków for the hospitality you have shown so many times, especially today. May God reward you. And I would like to add: See you again. But this is completely in God's hands. I entrust this entirely to the mercy of God." (After more than two million people had sung his favorite song titled "Barka" at the end of the Holy Mass in Blonie Park, Kraków, on August 18 2002.)
25 And what I can say in the end? I am sorry to leave. (The sentence spontaneously added to his speech at the Balice Airport, Kraków on August 19, 2002 when he was about to finish his very last pilgrimage to Poland.)
26 A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.
27 Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused.
28 "Believe. Do not be afraid to believe." (His first words after being elected Pope).
29 Minutes after his election as Pope, speaking to the crowd about his not-so-good Italian: "Se mi sbaglio mi corrigerete" ("if I'm wrong you will 'corrected' me" - "corrigerete" is wrong in Italian). This got a huge applause.
30 One discovers the common values of every culture, capable of uniting and not dividing.

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