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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.

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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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1It 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.
2At 26 years, he had the third longest reign as Pope.
3He is the most traveled Pope in history.
4Died 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.
5Ordained a Priest [1 November 1946]
6Ordained a Bishop [4 July 1958]
7Elevated to Cardinal [26 June 1967]
8The Latin form of his name was Ioannes Paulus Secundus.
9Canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people, believed to be more than all his predecessors combined.
10Given 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".
11Was succeeded by Cardinal Joseph Alois Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (19 April 2005).
12His immediate predecessor, Pope John Paul I, died of a pulmonary embolism after serving only one month in office, aged 65.
13His official motto, "totus tuus" (all yours), referred to the Virgin.
14Survived an assassination attempt by Mehmet Ali Agca in 1981.
15Traveled more than any Pope in history, an estimated 750,000 miles to 129 countries during his Pontificate.
16In 1986 he became the first Pope in almost two thousand years to enter a synagogue.
17In 2001 he became the first Pope in history to enter a mosque.
18His favourite motto: "Fear not."
19Childhood nickname: Lolek (an abbreviation of Karol, his birth name).
20Spoke 8 languages
21The very first Polish Pope.
22Awarded 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.
23Suffered from Parkinson's Disease from 1992 until his death in 2005.
24Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush [June 2004].
25After 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.
26Had his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
27Was a fan of Anthony Quinn. Baptized Francesco Quinn's twin children personally.
28In the early 1980s, Marvel Comics produced his life story, in comic book form.
29Elected in 1978, he became the first non-Italian Pope in 456 years.



Az aranymüves boltja elött2012TV Movie as Karol Wojtyla
Tryptyk rzymski2007
Our God's Brother1997play "Brat Naszego Boga" - as Karol Wojtyla
The Jeweller's Shop1988play - as Karol Wojtyla



The Passions of Jesus Christ2012in memory of
Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale2006TV Special documentary special thanks
Pa d'àngel1984acknowledgment - as Karol Wojtyla



Philomena2013Himself (in photo) (uncredited)
Kelly2005TV SeriesHimself
Pope John Paul II: Builder of Bridges2005Video documentaryHimself
The Papal Chase2004DocumentaryHimself
BBC World News2004TV SeriesHimself
Panorama2003TV Series documentaryHimself Pope
Heliga Birgitta2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
2002 World Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Har Haosher2002DocumentaryHimself
I Remember2002DocumentaryHimself (as Papiez Jan Pawel II)
In Search of History: Lourdes - Shrine of Miracles2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Padre Pio: Tra cielo e terra2000TV MovieHimself (as Karol Wojtyla)
Vatikan - Die Macht der Päpste1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The Evening Celebration1995TV MovieHimself
Inside the Vatican1993TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Nový Hyperion aneb Volnost, rovnost, bratrství1992DocumentaryHimself
Clive James' Postcard from...1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Na ojczystej ziemi1988DocumentaryHimself (as Karol Wojtyla)
Everyman1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Andy Williams and the NBC Kids: Easter in Rome1987TV MovieHimself
Fatima1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Musique au poing1982DocumentaryHimself (both versions)
La venida del Papa1979DocumentaryHimself
La visita del Papa en México1979DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Cuéntame2013-2017TV SeriesHimself
Hostage to the Devil2016DocumentaryHimself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Baumeister der Republik2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Menschen & Mächte2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Our Queen at Ninety2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Panorama2015-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Conspiracy2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Vatican Tapes2015Himself (uncredited)
Red River Bible & Prophecy Conference2014TV SeriesHimself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Of Chaos and Confusion: The Modern Church2012Video documentaryHimself
Österreich-Bild2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Márton Áron, püspök a keresztúton2012Documentary short
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012DocumentaryHimself
Room 2372012/IDocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Joschka und Herr Fischer2011DocumentaryHimself
Michel Petrucciani2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Tunay na buhay2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Habemus Papam2011Himself (uncredited)
Jan Pawel II: Szukalem Was...2011DocumentaryHimself
I-Witness2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Catholicism2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Pope
Nazi Collaborators2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Macht der Wunder - Die Geheimnisse des Vatikans2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Le vrai pouvoir du Vatican2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mutter Teresa - Heilige der Dunkelheit2010TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Papst Johannes Paul II.)
A polos 252010TV SeriesHimself
Die Konkurrenten - Russlands Wunderkinder II2010DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sacred Music2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Disappeared2010TV Series documentaryHimself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHimself
The Man Who Would Be Polka King2009DocumentaryHimself
Popieluszko. Wolnosc jest w nas2009Himself (uncredited)
Lord, Save Us from Your Followers2008Video documentaryHimself
Religulous2008DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Catalunya.cat2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Joan Pau II)
Waiting for Hockney2008DocumentaryHimself - Pope
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Memòries de la tele2007TV SeriesHimself
Democrazy2007ShortHimself (uncredited)
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHimself
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHimself
Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac2006DocumentaryHimself
John Paul II: The Memories He Left Behind2006DocumentaryHimself (as John Paul II)
Benedict XVI: The Keys of the Kingdom2006DocumentaryHimself
La Marató 20052005TV SpecialHimself
80s2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Romanzo criminale2005Himself (uncredited)
On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde2005TV SeriesHimself
National Geographic: Inside 9/112005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt2005TV SeriesHimself
Mój tata Maciek2005DocumentaryHimself
Horisont2005TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Pontiff (segment "Pope John Paul II: Part I")
Insiders2005TV SeriesHimself
The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Travels & Traditions2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Zero Hour2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Pope
Sendung ohne Namen2002-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Európából Európába2004Documentary shortHimself
Fidel Castro. Ewiger Revolutionär2004Documentary shortHimself
Mel Gibson: God's Lethal Weapon2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Total Onslaught2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Unsere Besten2003TV SeriesHimself
Juan Pablo II el pescador: XXV años con México2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
In Search of the Holy Grail2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Royal Family2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Adventure of English2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Naqoyqatsi2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
El crimen del Padre Amaro2002Himself (uncredited)
The J2 Project2002Video shortHimself (uncredited)
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux2002Himself (uncredited)
National Geographic Video: Inside the Vatican2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
America: A Tribute to Heroes2001TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Secret KGB Paranormal Files2001TV Movie documentaryHimself - attempted assassination 1981
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Hermanas1998TV SeriesHimself
Armageddon1998Himself (uncredited)
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Tales of the Gun1998TV Series documentaryHimself (as Karol Wojtyla)
The Story of Bean1997TV Special documentaryHimself (photo) (uncredited)
The Works1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Conspirators of Pleasure1996Himself (as Papez Jan Pavel II.)
Auf den Spuren der Allmächtigen1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Peter's Friends1992Himself (uncredited)
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHimself
Aparição1991Himself (uncredited)
Den gode, den onde & den virk'li sjove1990TV SeriesHimself
Lulú de noche1986Himself (uncredited)
El balcón abierto1984Himself
Saturday Night Live1983TV SeriesHimself
Sweet Inquest on Violence1982Himself (as Karol Wojtyla)
Everyman1982TV Series documentaryHimself
Showtime Looks at 19811981TV Movie documentaryHimself - Pontiff
Weekend World1979TV SeriesHimself
Der Schnüffler1977ShortHimself (uncredited)
Panorama Review of the Year 19651965TV MovieHimself

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1Life was about taking care of body and mind.
2Radical 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.
3Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.
4You 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)
5I had positive experiences in many settings and from many people, and God's voice reached me through them.
6As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
7I 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)
11Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
12I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing.
13I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.
14In 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)
20The 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.)
25And 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.)
26A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.
27Stupidity 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).
29Minutes 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.
30One discovers the common values of every culture, capable of uniting and not dividing.

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