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Pope John Paul I>John Paul IPope Benedict XVI>Benedict XVI
    |ordination = 1 November 1946|ordained_by = Adam Stefan Sapieha|consecration = 28 September 1958|consecrated_by = Eugeniusz Baziak|cardinal = 26 June 1967
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    Pope John Paul II (; ; ; born Karol Józef WojtyÅ‚a{{efn|}} {{IPAc-pl|'|k|a|r|o|l|-|'|j|ó|z|e|w|-|w|o|j|'|t|y|Å‚|a}};{{efn|In isolation, Józef is pronounced {{IPAc-pl|'|j|ó|z|e|f}}.}} 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He was elected pope by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days.Cardinal WojtyÅ‚a was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him.WEB, John Paul the Great Catholic University,weblink BOOK, Evert, Jason, Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, 2014, Ignatius Press,weblink John Paul II is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.Lenczowski, John. "Public Diplomacy and the Lessons of the Soviet Collapse", 2002 John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He upheld the Church's teachings on such matters as the right to life, artificial contraception, the ordination of women, and a celibate clergy, and although he supported the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he was seen as generally conservative in their interpretation.NEWS,weblink John Paul's Conservative Legacy, 2018-05-18, en, WEB,weblink The Riddle of John Paul II,, en, 2018-05-18, He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 and canonised 483 people, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. By the time of his death, he had named most of the College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world's bishops, and ordained many priests.{{Catholic-hierarchy|bishop|bwojtyla|Pope John Paul II (St. Karol Józef WojtyÅ‚a)|31 October 2014}} A key goal of John Paul's papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. His wish was "to place his Church at the heart of a new religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians in a great religious armada".Odone, Cristina—Catholic Herald, 1991Geller, Uri—The Jewish Telegraph, 7 July 2000John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX, who served for nearly 32 years from 1846 to 1878. Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Pope Adrian VI, who served from 1522 to 1523. John Paul II's cause for canonisation commenced in 2005 one month after his death with the traditional five-year waiting period waived. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed Venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011 (Divine Mercy Sunday) after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to his intercession, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson's disease. A second miracle attributed to John Paul II's intercession was approved on 2 July 2013, and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later (two miracles must be attributed to a person's intercession to be declared a saint). John Paul II was canonised on 27 April 2014 (again Divine Mercy Sunday), together with Pope John XXIII.NEWS, Report: Pope Francis Says John Paul II to Be Canonized April 27, 3 September 2013,weblink National Catholic Register, 6 September 2013, On 11 September 2014, Pope Francis added these two optional memorials to the worldwide General Roman Calendar of saints, in response to worldwide requests.NEWS, Carol Glatz,weblinkweblink yes, 8 January 2015, Feast days of Sts. John Paul II, John XXIII added to universal calendar, 11 September 2011, Catholic News Service, 22 October 2014, It is traditional to celebrate saints' feast days on the anniversary of their deaths, but that of John Paul II (22 October) is celebrated on the anniversary of his papal inauguration.NEWS, Vatican declares Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints,weblink BBC News, 27 April 2014, 27 April 2014, NEWS, Hundreds flock to US shrine to celebrate first feast of St John Paul II,weblink Catholic News Agency, 22 October 2014, 27 December 2014, Posthumously, he has been referred to by some Catholics as "St. John Paul the Great", although the title has no official recognition.WEB,weblink John Paul the Great Catholic University, 13 February 2016, WEB,weblink Our History, WEB,weblink John Paul the Great Academy – Lafayette, LA, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 3 March 2016,

    Early life

    {{Divine Mercy}}(File:Emilia and Karol Wojtyla wedding portrait.jpg|thumb|left|upright|The wedding portrait of John Paul II's parents, Emilia and Karol WojtyÅ‚a Snr)File:Dom Rodzinny Ojca ÅšwiÄ™tego Jana PawÅ‚a II w Wadowicach1.JPG|thumb|left|upright|The courtyard within the family home of the WojtyÅ‚as in Wadowice, PolandPolandKarol Józef WojtyÅ‚a was born in the Polish town of Wadowice. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol WojtyÅ‚a (1879–1941), an ethnic Pole, and Emilia Kaczorowska (1884–1929), whose mother's maiden surname was Scholz.WEB,weblink Family Genealogy of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Catholic Online, 2012, Family Genealogy of Blessed Pope John Paul II, 3 February 2012, Emilia, who was a schoolteacher, died from a heart attack and kidney failure in 1929 when WojtyÅ‚a was eight years old.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=11}} His elder sister Olga had died before his birth, but he was close to his brother Edmund, nicknamed Mundek, who was 13 years his senior. Edmund's work as a physician eventually led to his death from scarlet fever, a loss that affected WojtyÅ‚a deeply.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=11}}As a boy, WojtyÅ‚a was athletic, often playing football as goalkeeper.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=25}} During his childhood, WojtyÅ‚a had contact with Wadowice's large Jewish community.NEWS,weblink The Jewish "Roots" of Karol WojtyÅ‚a, 3 July 2013, Svidercoschi, Gian Franco,, School football games were often organised between teams of Jews and Catholics, and WojtyÅ‚a often played on the Jewish side.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=25}} "I remember that at least a third of my classmates at elementary school in Wadowice were Jews. At elementary school there were fewer. With some I was on very friendly terms. And what struck me about some of them was their Polish patriotism."{{sfn|Pope John Paul II|2005|p=99}} It was around this time that the young Karol had his first serious relationship with a girl. He became close to a girl called Ginka Beer, described as "a Jewish beauty, with stupendous eyes and jet black hair, slender, a superb actress."BOOK, Stourton, Edward, Edward Stourton (journalist), John Paul II: Man of History, 2006, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 978-0-340-90816-7, 32, In mid-1938, WojtyÅ‚a and his father left Wadowice and moved to Kraków, where he enrolled at the Jagiellonian University. While studying such topics as philology and various languages, he worked as a volunteer librarian and was required to participate in compulsory military training in the Academic Legion, but he refused to fire a weapon. He performed with various theatrical groups and worked as a playwright. During this time, his talent for language blossomed, and he learned as many as 12 languages — Polish, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, German, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak and Esperanto,BOOK, Grosjean, François, Life With Two Languages,weblink 6 July 2013, 1982, Harvard University Press, United States, 978-0-674-53092-8, 8, 286, nine of which he used extensively as pope.In 1939, Nazi German occupation forces closed the university after invading Poland. Able-bodied males were required to work, so from 1940 to 1944 WojtyÅ‚a variously worked as a messenger for a restaurant, a manual labourer in a limestone quarry and for the Solvay chemical factory, to avoid deportation to Germany. In 1940 he was struck by a tram, suffering a fractured skull. The same year he was hit by a lorry in a quarry, which left him with one shoulder higher than the other and a permanent stoop.The Guardian, "History of the Pope's health problems", 1 April 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2015 His father, a former Austro-Hungarian non-commissioned officer and later officer in the Polish Army, died of a heart attack in 1941, leaving WojtyÅ‚a as the immediate family's only surviving member.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=60}} "I was not at my mother's death, I was not at my brother's death, I was not at my father's death," he said, reflecting on these times of his life, nearly forty years later, "At twenty, I had already lost all the people I loved."{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=60}}File:Grób rodziców Jana PawÅ‚a II na cmentarzu Rakowickim w Krakowie.jpg|thumb|The tomb of the parents of John Paul II at Rakowicki Cemetery in Kraków, PolandPolandAfter his father's death, he started thinking seriously about the priesthood.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=63}} In October 1942, while the war continued, he knocked on the door of the Bishop's Palace in Kraków and asked to study for the priesthood.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=63}} Soon after, he began courses in the clandestine underground seminary run by the Archbishop of Kraków, Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha. On 29 February 1944, WojtyÅ‚a was hit by a German truck. German Wehrmacht officers tended to him and sent him to a hospital. He spent two weeks there recovering from a severe concussion and a shoulder injury. It seemed to him that this accident and his survival was a confirmation of his vocation. On 6 August 1944, a day known as "Black Sunday",{{sfn|Weigel|2001|p=71}} the Gestapo rounded up young men in Kraków to curtail the uprising there, {{sfn|Weigel|2001|p=71}} similar to the recent uprising in Warsaw.{{sfn|Davies|2004|pp=253–254}}{{sfn|Weigel|2001|pp=71–21}} WojtyÅ‚a escaped by hiding in the basement of his uncle's house at 10 Tyniecka Street, while the German troops searched above.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=63}}{{sfn|Davies|2004|pp=253–254}}{{sfn|Weigel|2001|pp=71–21}} More than eight thousand men and boys were taken that day, while WojtyÅ‚a escaped to the Archbishop's Palace,{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=63}}{{sfn|Weigel|2001|p=71}}{{sfn|Davies|2004|pp=253–254}} where he remained until after the Germans had left.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=63}}{{sfn|Davies|2004|pp=253–254}}On the night of 17 January 1945, the Germans fled the city, and the students reclaimed the ruined seminary. WojtyÅ‚a and another seminarian volunteered for the task of clearing away piles of frozen excrement from the toilets.{{sfn|Weigel|2001|p=75}} WojtyÅ‚a also helped a 14-year-old Jewish refugee girl named Edith Zierer, who had escaped from a Nazi labour camp in CzÄ™stochowa. Edith had collapsed on a railway platform, so WojtyÅ‚a carried her to a train and stayed with her throughout the journey to Kraków. Edith credits WojtyÅ‚a with saving her life that day. B'nai B'rith and other authorities have said that WojtyÅ‚a helped protect many other Polish Jews from the Nazis. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, a Jewish family sent their son, Stanley Berger, to be hidden by a Gentile Polish family. Berger's biological Jewish parents died during the Holocaust, and after the war Berger's new Christian parents asked Karol WojtyÅ‚a, the future Pope John Paul II, to baptise the boy. WojtyÅ‚a refused, claiming that the child should be raised in the Jewish faith of his birth parents and nation, not as a Catholic.NEWS,weblink Jan PaweÅ‚ II Sprawiedliwym wÅ›ród Narodów Åšwiata?, pl, John Paul II Righteous Among the Nations?,, 5 April 2005, 22 October 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 22 December 2014, He did everything he could to ensure that Berger leave Poland to be raised by his Jewish relatives in the United States.WEB,weblink Papież sprawiedliwym wÅ›ród narodów Å›wiata, pl, Pope righteous among the nations of the world,, 26 September 2003, 22 October 2014, In April 2005, shortly after John Paul II's death, the Israeli government created a commission to honour the legacy of John Paul II. One of the ways of honour, proposed by Emmanuelle Pacifici, the head of Italy's Jewish community, was the medal of the Righteous Among the Nations.WEB,weblink Papież otrzyma honorowy tytuÅ‚ "Sprawiedliwy wÅ›ród Narodów Åšwiata"?, pl, The Pope will receive the honorary title of "Righteous Among the Nations"?,, 4 April 2005, 22 October 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 23 October 2014, In WojtyÅ‚a's last book, Memory and Identity, he described the 12 years of the Nazi régime as "(wikt:bestiality|bestiality)",{{sfn|Pope John Paul II|2005|p=16}} quoting from the Polish theologian and philosopher Konstanty Michalski.BOOK, MiÄ™dzy Heroizmem a Beatialstwem, Between Heroism and Bestiality, CzÄ™stochowa, 1984,


    Adam Stefan Sapieha>Stefan Card Sapieha (Kraków)|date of diaconal ordination = 20 October 1946|place of diaconal ordination =|date of priestly ordination = 1 November 1946|ordained priest by = Adam Stefan Sapieha (Kraków)|place of priestly ordination = Chapel of the Kraków Archbishop's residenceEugeniusz Baziak (Kraków Apostolic Administrator>AA)Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandomierz>Sandomierz aux)BolesÅ‚aw Kominek|date of consecration = 28 September 1958|place of consecration = Wawel Cathedral, KrakówPope Paul VI>Paul VI|date of elevation = 26 June 1967|bishop 1 = Piotr Bednarczyk|consecration date 1 = 21 April 1968|bishop 2 = Józef Rozwadowski|consecration date 2 = 24 November 1968|bishop 3 = Stanislaw Smolenski|consecration date 3 = 5 April 1970|bishop 4 = Albin MaÅ‚ysiak CM|consecration date 4 = 5 April 1970|bishop 5 = PaweÅ‚ Socha CM|consecration date 5 = 26 December 1973|bishop 6 = Józef Marek|consecration date 6 = 27 December 1973|bishop 7 = Franciszek Macharski|consecration date 7 = 6 January 1979|bishop 8 = Justo Mullor García|consecration date 8 = 27 May 1979|bishop 9 = Alfio Rapisarda|consecration date 9 = 27 May 1979|bishop 10 = Achille Silvestrini|consecration date 10 = 27 May 1979|bishop 11 = Samuel Seraphimov Djoundrine AA|consecration date 11 = 27 May 1979|bishop 12 = Rubén López Ardón|consecration date 12 = 27 May 1979|bishop 13 = Paulino Lukudu Loro FSCJ|consecration date 13 = 27 May 1979|bishop 14 = Vincent Mojwok Nyiker|consecration date 14 = 27 May 1979|bishop 15 = Armido Gasparini FSCJ|consecration date 15 = 27 May 1979|bishop 16 = Michael Hughes Kenny|consecration date 16 = 27 May 1979|bishop 17 = William Russell Houck|consecration date 17 = 27 May 1979|bishop 18 = José Cardoso Sobrinho OCarm|consecration date 18 = 27 May 1979|bishop 19 = Gerhard Ludwig Goebel MSF|consecration date 19 = 27 May 1979|bishop 20 = Décio Pereira|consecration date 20 = 27 May 1979|bishop 21 = Fernando José Penteado|consecration date 21 = 27 May 1979|bishop 22 = Girolamo Grillo|consecration date 22 = 27 May 1979Paciano Aniceto>Paciano Basilio Aniceto|consecration date 23 = 27 May 1979|bishop 24 = Alan Basil de Lastic|consecration date 24 = 27 May 1979|bishop 25 = William Thomas Larkin|consecration date 25 = 27 May 1979John Joseph O'Connor (cardinal)>John Joseph O'Connor|consecration date 26 = 27 May 1979|bishop 27 = Jean-Marie Lafontaine|consecration date 27 = 27 May 1979|bishop 28 = Ladislau Biernaski CM|consecration date 28 = 27 May 1979|bishop 29 = Newton Holanda Gurgel|consecration date 29 = 27 May 1979|bishop 30 = Matthew Harvey Clark|consecration date 30 = 27 May 1979|bishop 31 = Alejandro Goic Karmelic |consecration date 31 = 27 May 1979|bishop 32 = Pedro G. Magugat MSC|consecration date 32 = 27 May 1979|bishop 33 = Ramón López Carrozas OdeM|consecration date 33 = 27 May 1979|bishop 34 = Jozef Tomko|consecration date 34 = 15 September 1979|bishop 35 = Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky|consecration date 35 = 12 November 1979|bishop 36 = Giovanni Coppa|consecration date 36 = 6 January 1980Carlo Maria Martini>Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini SJ|consecration date 37 = 6 January 1980|bishop 38 = Christian Wiyghan Tumi|consecration date 38 = 6 January 1980|bishop 39 = Marcel Bam'ba Gongoa|consecration date 39 = 4 May 1980|bishop 40 = Louis Nkinga Bondala CICM|consecration date 40 = 4 May 1980|bishop 41 = Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya|consecration date 41 = 4 May 1980|bishop 42 = Paride Taban|consecration date 42 = 4 May 1980|bishop 43 = Roger Mpungu|consecration date 43 = 4 May 1980|bishop 44 = Michel-Joseph-Gérard Gagnon MAfr|consecration date 44 = 4 May 1980|bishop 45 = Dominique Kimpinde Amando|consecration date 45 = 4 May 1980|bishop 46 = Joseph Nduhirubusa|consecration date 46 = 4 May 1980|bishop 47 = Vicente Joaquim Zico CM|consecration date 47 = 6 January 1981|bishop 48 = Sergio Goretti|consecration date 48 = 6 January 1981|bishop 49 = Giulio Sanguineti|consecration date 49 = 6 January 1981|bishop 50 = Francesco Voto|consecration date 50 = 6 January 1981|bishop 51 = Gregory Obinna Ochiagha|consecration date 51 = 6 January 1981|bishop 52 = Anicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga OFM Cap|consecration date 52 = 6 January 1981|bishop 53 = Lucas Luis Dónnelly Carey OdeM|consecration date 53 = 6 January 1981|bishop 54 = Filippo Giannini|consecration date 54 = 6 January 1981|bishop 55 = Ennio Appignanesi|consecration date 55 = 6 January 1981|bishop 56 = Martino Scarafile|consecration date 56 = 6 January 1981|bishop 57 = Alessandro Plotti|consecration date 57 = 6 January 1981|bishop 58 = StanisÅ‚aw Szymecki|consecration date 58 = 12 April 1981|bishop 59 = Charles Louis Joseph Vandame SJ|consecration date 59 = 6 January 1982|bishop 60 = John Bulaitis|consecration date 60 = 6 January 1982|bishop 61 = Traian CriÅŸan|consecration date 61 = 6 January 1982|bishop 62 = Charles Kweku Sam|consecration date 62 = 6 January 1982Thomas J. O'Brien (bishop)>Thomas Joseph O'Brien|consecration date 63 = 6 January 1982|bishop 64 = Antônio Alberto Guimarães Rezende CSS|consecration date 64 = 6 January 1982|bishop 65 = Francis George Adeodatus Micallef OCD|consecration date 65 = 6 January 1982|bishop 66 = Anthony Michael Milone|consecration date 66 = 6 January 1982|bishop 67 = Salim Sayegh|consecration date 67 = 6 January 1982|bishop 68 = Virgilio Noè|consecration date 68 = 6 March 1982|bishop 69 = Antonio Vitale Bommarco OFM Conv|consecration date 69 = 6 January 1983|bishop 70 = José Sebastián Laboa Gallego|consecration date 70 = 6 January 1983|bishop 71 = Karl-Josef Rauber|consecration date 71 = 6 January 1983|bishop 72 = Francesco Monterisi|consecration date 72 = 6 January 1983|bishop 73 = Kevin Joseph Aje|consecration date 73 = 6 January 1983|bishop 74 = John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan|consecration date 74 = 6 January 1983|bishop 75 = Pietro Rossano|consecration date 75 = 6 January 1983|bishop 76 = Anacleto Sima Ngua|consecration date 76 = 6 January 1983|bishop 77 = Ildefonso Obama Obono|consecration date 77 = 6 January 1983|bishop 78 = Jaroslav Å karvada|consecration date 78 = 6 January 1983|bishop 79 = Dominik HruÅ¡ovský|consecration date 79 = 6 January 1983|bishop 80 = Luigi del Gallo Roccagiovine|consecration date 80 = 6 January 1983|bishop 81 = Zenon Grocholewski|consecration date 81 = 6 January 1983|bishop 82 = Juliusz Paetz|consecration date 82 = 6 January 1983|bishop 83 = Alfons Maria Stickler SDB|consecration date 83 = 1 November 1983|bishop 84 = Paolo Romeo|consecration date 84 = 6 January 1984|bishop 85 = Paul Kim Tchang-ryeol|consecration date 85 = 6 January 1984|bishop 86 = Polycarp Pengo|consecration date 86 = 6 January 1984|bishop 87 = Nicolas Okioh|consecration date 87 = 6 January 1984|bishop 88 = Eugenio Binini|consecration date 88 = 6 January 1984|bishop 89 = Ernest Kombo SJ|consecration date 89 = 6 January 1984|bishop 90 = Jan Pieter Schotte CICM|consecration date 90 = 6 January 1984|bishop 91 = Mathai Kochuparampil SDB|consecration date 91 = 6 January 1984|bishop 92 = Domenico Pecile|consecration date 92 = 6 January 1984|bishop 93 = Bernard Patrick Devlin|consecration date 93 = 6 January 1985|bishop 94 = Kazimierz Górny|consecration date 94 = 6 January 1985|bishop 95 = Aloysius Balina|consecration date 95 = 6 January 1985|bishop 96 = Afonso Nteka OFM Cap|consecration date 96 = 6 January 1985|bishop 97 = Pellegrino Tomaso Ronchi OFM Cap|consecration date 97 = 6 January 1985|bishop 98 = Fernando Sáenz Lacalle|consecration date 98 = 6 January 1985|bishop 99 = Jorge Medina Estévez|consecration date 99 = 6 January 1985|bishop 100 = Justin Francis Rigali|consecration date 100 = 14 September 1985|bishop 101 = Pier Luigi Celata|consecration date 101 = 6 January 1986|bishop 102 = Franjo Komarica|consecration date 102 = 6 January 1986|bishop 103 = Walmir Alberto Valle IMC|consecration date 103 = 6 January 1986|bishop 104 = Norbert Wendelin Mtega|consecration date 104 = 6 January 1986|bishop 105 = John Bosco Manat Chuabsamai|consecration date 105 = 6 January 1986|bishop 106 = Donald William Wuerl|consecration date 106 = 6 January 1986|bishop 107 = Felipe González González OFM Cap|consecration date 107 = 6 January 1986|bishop 108 = Józef Michalik|consecration date 108 = 16 October 1986|bishop 109 = Gilberto Agustoni|consecration date 109 = 6 January 1987|bishop 110 = Franc Perko|consecration date 110 = 6 January 1987|bishop 111 = Dino Monduzzi|consecration date 111 = 6 January 1987|bishop 112 = Joseph Sangval Surasarang|consecration date 112 = 6 January 1987|bishop 113 = George Biguzzi SX|consecration date 113 = 6 January 1987|bishop 114 = Benedict Dotu Sekey|consecration date 114 = 6 January 1987|bishop 115 = Julio Edgar Cabrera Ovalle|consecration date 115 = 6 January 1987|bishop 116 = William Jerome McCormack|consecration date 116 = 6 January 1987|bishop 117 = Emmanuel A. Mapunda|consecration date 117 = 6 January 1987|bishop 118 = Dominic Su Haw Chiu|consecration date 118 = 6 January 1987John Magee (bishop)>John Magee SPS|consecration date 119 = 17 March 1987|bishop 120 = Beniamino Stella|consecration date 120 = 5 September 1987|bishop 121 = René Pierre Louis Joseph Séjourné|consecration date 121 = 5 September 1987|bishop 122 = Giulio Nicolini|consecration date 122 = 5 September 1987|bishop 123 = Giovanni Battista Re|consecration date 123 = 7 November 1987|bishop 124 = Michel Sabbah|consecration date 124 = 6 January 1988|bishop 125 = Marian Oles|consecration date 125 = 6 January 1988|bishop 126 = Emery Kabongo Kanundowi|consecration date 126 = 6 January 1988|bishop 127 = Luís d'Andrea OFM Conv|consecration date 127 = 6 January 1988|bishop 128 = Victor Adibe Chikwe|consecration date 128 = 6 January 1988|bishop 129 = Athanasius Atule Usuh|consecration date 129 = 6 January 1988|bishop 130 = Srecko Badurina T.O.R|consecration date 130 = 6 January 1988|bishop 131 = José Raúl Vera López, O.P.|consecration date 131 = 6 January 1988|bishop 132 = Luigi Belloli|consecration date 132 = 6 January 1988|bishop 133 = John Gavin Nolan|consecration date 133 = 6 January 1988|bishop 134 = Audrys Bačkis|consecration date 134 = 4 October 1988|bishop 135 = Pasquale Macchi|consecration date 135 = 6 January 1989|bishop 136 = Francesco Marchisano|consecration date 136 = 6 January 1989|bishop 137 = Justin Tetmu Samba|consecration date 137 = 6 January 1989|bishop 138 = John Mendes|consecration date 138 = 6 January 1989|bishop 139 = Leon Augustine Tharmaraj|consecration date 139 = 6 January 1989|bishop 140 = Tarcisius Ngalalekumtwa|consecration date 140 = 6 January 1989|bishop 141 = Raffaele Calabro|consecration date 141 = 6 January 1989|bishop 142 = Francisco José Arnáiz Zarandona S.J.|consecration date 142 = 6 January 1989|bishop 143 = Ramón Benito de La Rosa y Carpio|consecration date 143 = 6 January 1989|bishop 144 = Cipriano Calderón Polo|consecration date 144 = 6 January 1989|bishop 145 = Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri|consecration date 145 = 6 January 1989|bishop 146 = Andrea Maria Erba|consecration date 146 = 6 January 1989|bishop 147 = Józef Kowalczyk|consecration date 147 = 6 January 1989|bishop 148 = Edmond Farhat|consecration date 148 = 6 January 1989|bishop 149 = Edmond Farhat|consecration date 149 = 6 January 1989|bishop 150 = Janusz Bolonek|consecration date 150 = 6 January 1989Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz (archbishop)>Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz|consecration date 151 = 6 January 1989|bishop 152 = Giovanni Tonucci|consecration date 152 = 6 January 1990|bishop 153 = Ignazio Bedini S.D.B.|consecration date 153 = 6 January 1990|bishop 154 = Mario Milano|consecration date 154 = 6 January 1990|bishop 155 = Giovanni Ceirano|consecration date 155 =6 January 1990|bishop 156 = Oscar Rizzato|consecration date 156 =6 January 1990|bishop 157 = Antonio Ignacio Velasco Garcia S.D.B|consecration date 157 = 6 January 1990|bishop 158 = Paul R. Ruzoka|consecration date 158 = 6 January 1990|bishop 159 = Marian BÅ‚ażej KruszyÅ‚owicz O.F.M. Conv.|consecration date 159 = 6 January 1990|bishop 160 = Pierre François Marie Joseph Duprey|consecration date 160 = 6 January 1990|bishop 161 = Domenico Umberto D'Ambrosio|consecration date 161 = 6 January 1990|bishop 162 = Edward Dajczak|consecration date 162 = 6 January 1990|bishop 163 = Benjamin J. Almoneda|consecration date 163 = 6 January 1990|bishop 164 = Francesco Gioia O.F.M. Cap.|consecration date 164 = 5 April 1990|bishop 165 = Edward Nowak|consecration date 165 =5 April 1990|bishop 166 = Giacinto Berloco|consecration date 166 =5 April 1990|bishop 167 = Erwin Josef Ender|consecration date 167 = 5 April 1990|bishop 168 = Jean-Louis Tauran|consecration date 168 = 6 January 1991|bishop 169 = Vinko Puljic|consecration date 169 = 6 January 1991|bishop 170 = Marcello Costalunga|consecration date 170 = 6 January 1991|bishop 171 = Osvaldo Padilla|consecration date 171 = 6 January 1991|bishop 172 = Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa|consecration date 172 = 6 January 1991|bishop 173 = Bruno Pius Ngonyani|consecration date 173 = 6 January 1991|bishop 174 = Francis Emmanuel Ogbonna Okobo|consecration date 174 = 6 January 1991|bishop 175 = Andrea Gemma F.D.P|consecration date 175 = 6 January 1991|bishop 176 = Joseph Habib Hitti|consecration date 176 = 6 January 1991|bishop 177 = Jacinto Guerrero Torres|consecration date 177 = 6 January 1991|bishop 178 = Álvaro del Portillo|consecration date 178 = 6 January 1991|bishop 179 = Julián Herranz Casado|consecration date 179 = 6 January 1991|bishop 180 = Bruno Bertagna|consecration date 180 = 6 January 1991PUBLISHER=HOLY SEEACCESSDATE=2 SEPTEMBER 2017PUBLISHER=MCGILL-QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY PRESSPAGE=128, }}After finishing his studies at the seminary in Kraków, WojtyÅ‚a was ordained as a priest on All Saints' Day, 1 November 1946, by the Archbishop of Kraków, Cardinal Sapieha.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=71}} Sapieha sent WojtyÅ‚a to Rome's Pontifical International Athenaeum Angelicum, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, to study under the French Dominican Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange beginning on 26 November 1946. He resided in the Belgian Pontifical College during this time, under presidency of Mgr Maximilien de Furstenberg.WEB,weblink Belgen in Rome, 2016-04-04, WojtyÅ‚a earned a licence in July 1947, passed his doctoral exam on 14 June 1948, and successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled Doctrina de fide apud S. Ioannem a Cruce (The Doctrine of Faith in St. John of the Cross) in philosophy on 19 June 1948.NEWS, His Holiness John Paul II, Biography, Pre-Pontificate,weblink 6 October 2012, Even though his doctoral work was unanimously approved in June 1948, he was denied the degree because he could not afford to print the text of his dissertation in accordance with an Angelicum rule. In December 1948 a revised text of his dissertation was approved by the theological faculty of Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and WojtyÅ‚a was finally awarded the degree. The Angelicum preserves the original copy of WojtyÅ‚a's typewritten thesis.WEB,weblink Karol Wojtyla: A Pope Who Hails from the Angelicum (Città Nuova, Roma 2009),, 23 October 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 7 April 2014, yes, dmy-all, Among other courses at the Angelicum, WojtyÅ‚a studied Hebrew with the Dutch Dominican Peter G. Duncker, author of the Compendium grammaticae linguae hebraicae biblicae."30Giorni" 11 December 2002,weblink Accessed 19 February 2013According to WojtyÅ‚a's schoolmate the future Austrian Cardinal Alfons Stickler, in 1947 during his sojourn at the Angelicum WojtyÅ‚a visited Padre Pio, who heard his confession and told him that one day he would ascend to "the highest post in the Church".BOOK, Kwitny, Jonathan, Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II, Henry Holt and Company, March 1997, New York City, New York, 768, 978-0-8050-2688-7, Cardinal Stickler added that WojtyÅ‚a believed that the prophecy was fulfilled when he became a Cardinal.NEWS, Zahn, Paula, Paula Zahn, Padre Pio Granted Sainthood, CNN, 17 June 2002,weblink 19 January 2008, WojtyÅ‚a returned to Poland in the summer of 1948 for his first pastoral assignment in the village of Niegowić, {{convert|15|mi|km|spell=in|abbr=off}} from Kraków, at the Church of the Assumption. He arrived at Niegowić at harvest time, where his first action was to kneel and kiss the ground.{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=233}} He repeated this gesture, which he adapted from the French saint Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney,{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=233}} throughout his papacy.File:Facade of the main entrance of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) (19May07).jpg|thumb|left|upright|The Pontifical International Athenaeum Angelicum in Rome, ItalyItalyIn March 1949, WojtyÅ‚a was transferred to the parish of Saint Florian in Kraków. He taught ethics at Jagiellonian University and subsequently at the Catholic University of Lublin. While teaching, he gathered a group of about 20 young people, who began to call themselves Rodzinka, the "little family". They met for prayer, philosophical discussion, and to help the blind and sick. The group eventually grew to approximately 200 participants, and their activities expanded to include annual skiing and kayaking trips.In 1953, WojtyÅ‚a's habilitation thesis was accepted by the Faculty of Theology at the Jagiellonian University. In 1954, he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology,{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=97}} evaluating the feasibility of a Catholic ethic based on the ethical system of the phenomenologist Max Scheler with a dissertation titled "Reevaluation of the possibility of founding a Catholic ethic on the ethical system of Max Scheler"NEWS,weblink Highlights on the life of Karol WojtiÅ‚a, Holy See Press Office, 23 June 2013, (Ocena możliwoÅ›ci zbudowania etyki chrzeÅ›cijaÅ„skiej przy zaÅ‚ożeniach systemu Maksa Schelera).BOOK,weblink Destined for Liberty: The Human Person in the Philosophy of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, CUA Press, 23 June 2013, 978-0-8132-0985-2, 2000, Scheler was a German philosopher who founded a broad philosophical movement that emphasised the study of conscious experience. However, the Communist authorities abolished the Faculty of Theology at the Jagellonian University, thereby preventing him from receiving the degree until 1957. WojtyÅ‚a developed a theological approach, called phenomenological Thomism, that combined traditional Catholic Thomism with the ideas of personalism, a philosophical approach deriving from phenomenology, which was popular among Catholic intellectuals in Kraków during WojtyÅ‚a's intellectual development. He translated Scheler's Formalism and the Ethics of Substantive Values.BOOK, Walsh, Michael, John Paul II: A Biography, 1994, HarperCollins, London, 978-0-00-215993-7, 20–21, During this period, WojtyÅ‚a wrote a series of articles in Kraków's Catholic newspaper, Tygodnik Powszechny ("Universal Weekly"), dealing with contemporary church issues. He focused on creating original literary work during his first dozen years as a priest. War, life under Communism, and his pastoral responsibilities all fed his poetry and plays. WojtyÅ‚a published his work under two pseudonyms—Andrzej JawieÅ„ and StanisÅ‚aw Andrzej Gruda—to distinguish his literary from his religious writings (under his own name), and also so that his literary works would be considered on their merits. In 1960, WojtyÅ‚a published the influential theological book Love and Responsibility, a defence of traditional Church teachings on marriage from a new philosophical standpoint.{{sfn|WojtyÅ‚a|1981}}While a priest in Kraków, groups of students regularly joined WojtyÅ‚a for hiking, skiing, bicycling, camping and kayaking, accompanied by prayer, outdoor Masses and theological discussions. In Stalinist-era Poland, it was not permitted for priests to travel with groups of students. Father WojtyÅ‚a asked his younger companions to call him "Wujek" (Polish for "Uncle") to prevent outsiders from deducing he was a priest. The nickname gained popularity among his followers. In 1958, when WojtyÅ‚a was named auxiliary bishop of Kraków, his acquaintances expressed concern that this would cause him to change. WojtyÅ‚a responded to his friends, "Wujek will remain Wujek," and he continued to live a simple life, shunning the trappings that came with his position as Bishop. This beloved nickname stayed with WojtyÅ‚a for his entire life and continues to be affectionately used, particularly by the Polish people.Witness to Hope; The Biography of Pope John Paul II, by George Weigel. New York: Cliff Street Books/Harper Collins, 1999. p. 992.NEWS, They Call Him "Wujek"., St Louis Post-Dispatch, 24 January 1999, Rice, Patricia,

    Episcopate and cardinalate

    (File:Krakow Kanonicza19 C50.jpg|thumb|Where John Paul II once lived as priest and bishop on Kanonicza Street, Kraków (now an Archdiocese Museum))On 4 July 1958, while Wojtyła was on a kayaking holiday in the lakes region of northern Poland, Pope Pius XII appointed him as the Auxiliary Bishop of Kraków. He was then summoned to Warsaw to meet the Primate of Poland, Bishop of Sophene and Vågå, auxiliary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Wrocław, and future Cardinal and Archbishop of Wrocław) and then-Auxiliary Bishop Franciszek Jop of the Catholic Diocese of Sandomierz (Titular Bishop of Daulia; later Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Wrocław and then Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Opole). At the age of 38, Wojtyła became the youngest bishop in Poland.The following year, 1959, Wojtyla held Nowa Huta's first ever Mass, a Midnight Mass on Christmas Day. Baziak died in June 1962 and on 16 July Wojtyła was selected as Vicar Capitular (temporary administrator) of the Archdiocese until an Archbishop could be appointed.In October 1962, Wojtyła took part in the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), where he made contributions to two of its most historic and influential products, the Decree on Religious Freedom (in Latin, Dignitatis humanae) and the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et spes). Wojtyła and the Polish bishops contributed a draft text to the Council for Gaudium et spes. According to the historian John W. O'Malley, the draft text Gaudium et spes that Wojtyła and the Polish delegation sent "had some influence on the version that was sent to the council fathers that summer but was not accepted as the base text".BOOK, O'Malley, John W., What Happened at Vatican II, 2008, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 978-0-674-03169-2, 204–205, According to John F. Crosby, as pope, John Paul II used the words of Gaudium et spes later to introduce his own views on the nature of the human person in relation to God: man is "the only creature on earth that God has wanted for its own sake", but man "can fully discover his true self only in a sincere giving of himself".BOOK, Crosby, John F., 2000, John Paul II's Vision of Sexuality and Marriage: The Mystery of "Fair Love", The Legacy of Pope John Paul II: His Contribution to Catholic Thought, 54, Crossroad, 978-0-8245-1831-8, Gneuhs, Geoffrey, He also participated in the assemblies of the Synod of Bishops. On 13 January 1964, Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of Kraków. On 26 June 1967, Paul VI announced Archbishop Karol Wojtyła's promotion to the Sacred College of Cardinals. Wojtyła was named Cardinal-Priest of the titulus of San Cesareo in Palatio.In 1967, he was instrumental in formulating the encyclical Humanae vitae, which dealt with the same issues that forbid abortion and artificial birth control.In 1970, according to a contemporary witness, Cardinal Wojtyła was against the distribution of a letter around Kraków, stating that the Polish Episcopate was preparing for the 50th anniversary of the Polish–Soviet War.Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński, who informed him of his appointment.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=103}} He agreed to serve as Auxiliary Bishop to Kraków's Archbishop Eugeniusz Baziak, and he received episcopal consecration (as Titular Bishop of Ombi) on 28 September 1958. Baziak was the principal consecrator. Principal co-consecrators were Bishop Boleslaw Kominek (Titular In 1973 Cardinal Wojtyła met philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, the wife of Hendrik S. Houthakker, Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Harvard University, and member of President Nixon's Council of Economic AdvisersNEWS, Stourton, Ed, The secret letters of Pope John Paul II – BBC News,weblink BBC News, 15 February 2016, en-GB, 2016-02-15, NEWS, Kirchgaessner, Stephanie, Pope John Paul II letters reveal 32-year relationship with woman,weblink The Guardian, 16 February 2016, 2016-02-15, Tymieniecka collaborated with Wojtyła on a number of projects including an English translation of Wojtyła's book Osoba i czyn (Person and Act). Person and Act, one of Pope John Paul II's foremost literary works, was initially written in Polish. Tymieniecka produced the English-language version. They corresponded over the years, and grew to be good friends. When Wojtyła visited New England in the summer of 1976, Tymieniecka put him up as a guest in her family home. Wojtyła enjoyed his holiday in Pomfret, Vermont kayaking and enjoying the outdoors, as he had done in his beloved Poland.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=103}} Photos of the two friends on holiday together, skiing, camping, and picnicking, show Cardinal Wojtyła in his shorts, in his most relaxed state.During Wojtyła's visits to Pomfret, Tymieniecka also organised his meeting with the American Cardinals through her husband’s connections. These same Cardinals would be the ones who would give him most support at his eventual election to the papacyJOURNAL,weblink The "New Translation" of the Mass IV: The Liberal/Conservative Battle, Adam J. R. Brickley, 2011-10-19,



    File:Habemus papam io paulus II.jpg|thumb|left|The newly elected Pope John Paul II stands on the balcony at St. Peter's Basilica on 16 October 1978 in Vatican CityVatican CityFile:John paul 2 coa.svg|thumb|upright|The coat of arms of Pope John Paul II displaying the Marian Cross with the letter M signifying the Blessed Virgin MaryBlessed Virgin MaryIn August 1978, following the death of Pope Paul VI, Cardinal WojtyÅ‚a voted in the papal conclave, which elected Pope John Paul I. John Paul I died after only 33 days as pope, triggering another conclave.The second conclave of 1978 started on 14 October, ten days after the funeral. It was split between two strong candidates for the papacy: Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, the conservative Archbishop of Genoa, and the liberal Archbishop of Florence, Giovanni Cardinal Benelli, a close friend of John Paul I.Supporters of Benelli were confident that he would be elected, and in early ballots, Benelli came within nine votes of success. However, both men faced sufficient opposition for neither to be likely to prevail. Giovanni Colombo, the Archbishop of Milan was considered as a compromise candidate among the Italian cardinal-electors, but when he started to receive votes, he announced that, if elected, he would decline to accept the papacy.BOOK, Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church,weblink Thomas J., Reese, Harvard University Press, 1998, 978-0-674-93261-6, 91, 99, Franz Cardinal König, Archbishop of Vienna, suggested to his fellow electors another compromise candidate: the Polish Cardinal Karol Józef WojtyÅ‚a. WojtyÅ‚a won on the eighth ballot on the third day (October)—coincidentally the day that evangelical preacher Billy Graham had just concluded a 10-day pilgrimage to Poland—with, according to the Italian press, 99 votes from the 111 participating electors.Among those cardinals who rallied behind WojtyÅ‚a were supporters of Giuseppe Siri, Stefan WyszyÅ„ski, most of the American cardinals (led by John Krol), and other moderate cardinals. He accepted his election with the words: "With obedience in faith to Christ, my Lord, and with trust in the Mother of Christ and the Church, in spite of great difficulties, I accept.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=171}} " The pope, in tribute to his immediate predecessor, then took the regnal name of John Paul II, also in honor of the late Pope Paul VI, and the traditional white smoke informed the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square that a pope had been chosen. There had been rumors that the new pope wished to be known as Pope Stanislaus I in honor of the Polish saint of the name, but was convinced by the cardinals that it was not a Roman name. When the new pontiff appeared on the balcony, he broke tradition by addressing the gathered crowd:{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=171}}Dear brothers and sisters, we are saddened at the death of our beloved Pope John Paul I, and so the cardinals have called for a new bishop of Rome. They called him from a faraway land—far and yet always close because of our communion in faith and Christian traditions. I was afraid to accept that responsibility, yet I do so in a spirit of obedience to the Lord and total faithfulness to Mary, our most Holy Mother. I am speaking to you in your—no, our Italian language. If I make a mistake, please 'corrict' me ....Agasso, Renzo. Caro Karol. Effata Editrice IT, 2011. p. 23.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=171}}First Greetings and First Blessing to the Faithful: Address of John Paul II, Monday, October 16, 1978 {{webarchive|url= |date=18 October 2013 }}. Vatican.[deliberately mispronouncing the word 'correct']WojtyÅ‚a became the 264th pope according to the chronological list of popes, the first non-Italian in 455 years. At only 58 years of age, he was the youngest pope since Pope Pius IX in 1846, who was 54. Like his predecessor, John Paul II dispensed with the traditional Papal coronation and instead received ecclesiastical investiture with a simplified Papal inauguration on 22 October 1978. During his inauguration, when the cardinals were to kneel before him to take their vows and kiss his ring, he stood up as the Polish prelate Stefan Cardinal WyszyÅ„ski knelt down, stopped him from kissing the ring, and simply hugged him.

    Pastoral trips

    File:JPIIGuadalupeDF.JPG|thumb|A statue of Pope John Paul II with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, near the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. The statue was made entirely of metal keys donated by the Mexican peopleMexican peopleDuring his pontificate, Pope John Paul II made trips to 129 countries,{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=234}} travelling more than {{convert|1100000|km}} while doing so. He consistently attracted large crowds, some among the largest ever assembled in human history, such as the Manila World Youth Day, which gathered up to four million people, the largest Papal gathering ever, according to the Vatican.NEWS,weblink Biggest Papal Gathering | Millions Flock to Papal Mass in Manila, Gathering is Called the Largest the Pope Has Seen at a Service, New York Times News Service, The Baltimore Sun, 2012, 29 January 2012, John Paul II's earliest official visits were to the Dominican Republic and Mexico in January 1979.While some of his trips (such as to the United States and the Holy Land) were to places previously visited by Pope Paul VI, John Paul II became the first pope to visit the White House in October 1979, where he was greeted warmly by then-President Jimmy Carter. He was the first pope ever to visit several countries in one year, starting in 1979 with Mexico and Ireland. He was the first reigning pope to travel to the United Kingdom, in 1982, where he met Queen Elizabeth II, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. While in Britain he also visited Canterbury Cathedral and knelt in prayer with Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury, at the spot where Thomas à Becket had been killed,NEWS,weblink BBC on This Day | 29 | 1982: Pope makes historic visit to Canterbury, BBC News, 29 May 1982, 23 June 2013, as well as holding several large-scale open air masses, including one at Wembley Stadium, which was attended by some 80,000 people.WEB,weblink A Retrospective of the 1982 Visit / Visit Background / Home – The Visit, Systems, eZ,, 16 August 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 12 October 2016, yes, dmy-all, He travelled to Haiti in 1983, where he spoke in Creole to thousands of impoverished Catholics gathered to greet him at the airport. His message, "things must change in Haiti," referring to the disparity between the wealthy and the poor, was met with thunderous applause. In 2000, he was the first modern pope to visit Egypt, where he met with the Coptic pope, Pope Shenouda III and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria. He was the first Catholic pope to visit and pray in an Islamic mosque, in Damascus, Syria, in 2001. He visited the Umayyad Mosque, a former Christian church where John the Baptist is believed to be interred, where he made a speech calling for Muslims, Christians and Jews to live together.On 15 January 1995, during the X World Youth Day, he offered Mass to an estimated crowd of between five and seven million in Luneta Park, Manila, Philippines, which was considered to be the largest single gathering in Christian history. In March 2000, while visiting Jerusalem, John Paul became the first pope in history to visit and pray at the Western Wall. In September 2001, amid post-11 September concerns, he travelled to Kazakhstan, with an audience largely consisting of Muslims, and to Armenia, to participate in the celebration of 1,700 years of Armenian Christianity.In June 1979, Pope John Paul II travelled to Poland, where ecstatic crowds constantly surrounded him. This first papal trip to Poland uplifted the nation's spirit and sparked the formation of the Solidarity movement in 1980, which later brought freedom and human rights to his troubled homeland.Poland's Communist leaders intended to use the pope's visit to show the people that although the pope was Polish it did not alter their capacity to govern, oppress, and distribute the goods of society. They also hoped that if the pope abided by the rules they set, that the Polish people would see his example and follow them as well. If the pope's visit inspired a riot, the Communist leaders of Poland were prepared to crush the uprising and blame the suffering on the pope.Angelo M. Codevilla, "Political Warfare: A Set of Means for Achieving Political Ends", in Waller, ed., Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda and Political Warfare (IWP Press, 2008.)According to John Lewis Gaddis, one of the most influential historians of the Cold War, the trip led to the formation of Solidarity and would begin the process of Communism's demise in Eastern Europe:
    When Pope John Paul II kissed the ground at the Warsaw airport he began the process by which Communism in Poland—and ultimately elsewhere in Europe—would come to an end.John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History, p. 193, Penguin Books (2006), {{ISBN|978-0-14-303827-6}}
    On later trips to Poland, he gave tacit support to the Solidarity organisation. These visits reinforced this message and contributed to the collapse of East European Communism that took place between 1989/1990 with the reintroduction of democracy in Poland, and which then spread through Eastern Europe (1990–1991) and South-Eastern Europe (1990–1992).{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=234}}


    {{Catholic philosophy |expanded=all}}As pope, John Paul II wrote 14 papal encyclicals and taught about sexuality in what is referred as the "Theology of the Body". Some key elements of his strategy to "reposition the Catholic Church" were encyclicals such as Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Reconciliatio et paenitentia and Redemptoris Mater. In his At the beginning of the new millennium (Novo Millennio Ineunte), he emphasised the importance of "starting afresh from Christ": "No, we shall not be saved by a formula but by a Person." In The Splendour of the Truth (Veritatis Splendor), he emphasised the dependence of man on God and His Law ("Without the Creator, the creature disappears") and the "dependence of freedom on the truth". He warned that man "giving himself over to relativism and scepticism, goes off in search of an illusory freedom apart from truth itself". In Fides et Ratio (On the Relationship between Faith and Reason) John Paul promoted a renewed interest in philosophy and an autonomous pursuit of truth in theological matters. Drawing on many different sources (such as Thomism), he described the mutually supporting relationship between faith and reason, and emphasised that theologians should focus on that relationship. John Paul II wrote extensively about workers and the social doctrine of the Church, which he discussed in three encyclicals: Laborem exercens, Sollicitudo rei socialis, and Centesimus annus. Through his encyclicals and many Apostolic Letters and Exhortations, John Paul II talked about the dignity of women and the importance of the family for the future of humanity. Other encyclicals include The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) and Ut Unum Sint (That They May Be One). Though critics accused him of inflexibility in explicitly re-asserting Catholic moral teachings against abortion and euthanasia that have been in place for well over a thousand years, he urged a more nuanced view of capital punishment. In his second encyclical Dives in misericordia he stressed that divine mercy is the greatest feature of God, needed especially in modern times.

    Social and political stances

    (File:Ioannes Paulus II in Germany (1980).jpg|thumb|During a visit to Germany, 1980)John Paul II was considered a conservative on doctrine and issues relating to human sexual reproduction and the ordination of women.While he was visiting the United States in 1977, the year before becoming pope, Wojtyla said: "All human life, from the moments of conception and through all subsequent stages, is sacred."A series of 129 lectures given by John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences in Rome between September 1979 and November 1984 were later compiled and published as a single work titled Theology of the Body, an extended meditation on human sexuality. He extended it to the condemnation of abortion, euthanasia and virtually all capital punishment, calling them all a part of a struggle between a "culture of life" and a "culture of death".John Paul II. (1995). Evangelium Vitae. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, §95 He campaigned for world debt forgiveness and social justice. He coined the term "social mortgage", which related that all private property had a social dimension, namely, that "the goods of this are originally meant for all."article 42, Solicitudo Rei Socialis In 2000, he publicly endorsed the Jubilee 2000 campaign on African debt relief fronted by Irish rock stars Bob Geldof and Bono, once famously interrupting a U2 recording session by telephoning the studio and asking to speak to Bono.Pope John Paul II, who was present and very influential at the 1962–65 Second Vatican Council, affirmed the teachings of that Council and did much to implement them. Nevertheless, his critics often wished that he would embrace the so-called "progressive" agenda that some hoped would evolve as a result of the Council. In fact, the Council did not advocate "progressive" changes in these areas; for example, they still condemned abortion as an unspeakable crime. Pope John Paul II continued to declare that contraception, abortion, and homosexual acts were gravely sinful, and, with Joseph Ratzinger (future Pope Benedict XVI), opposed liberation theology.Following the Church's exaltation of the marital act of sexual intercourse between a baptised man and woman within sacramental marriage as proper and exclusive to the sacrament of marriage, John Paul II believed that it was, in every instance, profaned by contraception, abortion, divorce followed by a 'second' marriage, and by homosexual acts. In 1994, John Paul II asserted the Church's lack of authority to ordain women to the priesthood, stating that without such authority ordination is not legitimately compatible with fidelity to Christ. This was also deemed a repudiation of calls to break with the constant tradition of the Church by ordaining women to the priesthood. In addition, John Paul II chose not to end the discipline of mandatory priestly celibacy, although in a small number of unusual circumstances, he did allow certain married clergymen of other Christian traditions who later became Catholic to be ordained as Catholic priests.

    Apartheid in South Africa

    Pope John Paul II was an outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa. In 1985, while visiting the Netherlands, he gave an impassioned speech condemning apartheid at the International Court of Justice, proclaiming that "No system of apartheid or separate development will ever be acceptable as a model for the relations between peoples or races."weblink" title="">"Pope Attacks Apartheid in Speech at U.N. Court" Los Angeles Times, 13 May 1985 In September 1988, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to ten Southern African countries, including those bordering South Africa, while demonstratively avoiding South Africa. During his visit to Zimbabwe, John Paul II called for economic sanctions against South Africa's government.Pope's "South Africa Visit Honors 2 Vows" The New York Times, 13 May 1995 After John Paul II's death, both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu praised the pope for defending human rights and condemning economic injustice.weblink" title="">Mandela 'deeply inspired' by Pope [South Africa Info], 5 April 2005

    Capital punishment

    Pope John Paul II was an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, although previous popes had accepted the practice. At a papal mass in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States he said:A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform. I renew the appeal I made most recently at Christmas for a consensus to end the death penalty, which is both cruel and unnecessary.WEB,weblink Religious Views: Pope John Paul II's Statements on the Death Penalty, Death Penalty Information Center, 3 November 2013, During that visit, John Paul II convinced the then governor of Missouri, Mel Carnahan, to reduce the death sentence of convicted murderer Darrell J. Mease to life imprisonment without parole.Trigilio Jr., Rev. John, Rev. Kenneth Brighenti and Rev. Jonathan Toborowsky. John Paul II for Dummies, p. 140, John Wiley & Sons, 2011 {{ISBN|978-0-471-77382-5}} John Paul II's other attempts to reduce the sentence of death-row inmates were unsuccessful. In 1983, John Paul II visited Guatemala and unsuccessfully asked the country's president, Efraín Ríos Montt, to reduce the sentence for six left-wing guerrillas sentenced to death.Virginia Garrard-Burnett. Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982–1983, pp. 20–21, John Wiley & Sons, 2010 {{ISBN|978-0-19-537964-8}}In 2002, John Paul II again travelled to Guatemala. At that time, Guatemala was one of only two countries in Latin America (the other being Cuba) to apply capital punishment. John Paul II asked the Guatemalan president, Alfonso Portillo, for a moratorium on executions.NEWS,weblink With Papal Prodding, Guatemala May End Executions, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2013, 3 November 2013,

    European Union

    Pope John Paul II pushed for a reference to Europe's Christian cultural roots in the draft of the European Constitution. In his 2003 apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Europa, John Paul II wrote that he "fully (respected) the secular nature of (European) institutions". However, he wanted the EU Constitution to enshrine religious rights, including acknowledging the rights of religious groups to organise freely, recognise the specific identity of each denomination and allow for a "structured dialogue" between each religious community and the EU, and extend across the European Union the legal status enjoyed by religious institutions in individual member states. "I wish once more to appeal to those drawing up the future European Constitutional Treaty so that it will include a reference to the religion and in particular to the Christian heritage of Europe," John Paul II said. The pope's desire for a reference to Europe's Christian identity in the Constitution was supported by non-Catholic representatives of the Church of England and Eastern Orthodox Churches from Russia, Romania, and Greece.NEWS,weblink Pope says EU constitution should cite Christian heritage, EU Business, 28 June 2003, 14 November 2013, John Paul II's demand to include a reference to Europe's Christian roots in the European Constitution was supported by some non-Christians, such as Joseph Weiler, a practising Orthodox Jew and renowned constitutional lawyer, who said that the Constitution's lack of a reference to Christianity was not a "demonstration of neutrality," but, rather, "a Jacobin attitude".NEWS,weblink Jewish Professor Defends Mention of Christianity in Euro Text, Zenit News Agency, 17 September 2003, 14 November 2013, At the same time, however, John Paul II was an enthusiastic supporter of European integration; in particular, he supported his native Poland's entry into the bloc. On 19 May 2003, three weeks before a referendum was held in Poland on EU membership, the Polish pope addressed his compatriots and urged them to vote for Poland's EU membership at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City State. While some conservative, Catholic politicians in Poland opposed EU membership, John Paul II said:I know that there are many in opposition to integration. I appreciate their concern about maintaining the cultural and religious identity of our nation. However, I must emphasise that Poland has always been an important part of Europe. Europe needs Poland. The Church in Europe needs the Poles' testimony of faith. Poland needs Europe.NEWS,weblink Pope paves the way to Polish "Yes" vote, Marcin Frydrych,, 21 May 2003, 14 November 2013, The Polish pope compared Poland's entry into the EU to the Union of Lublin, which was signed in 1564 and united the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania into one nation and created an elective monarchy.NEWS,weblink Od Unii Lubelskiej do Unii Europejskiej, pl, From the Union of Lublin to the European Union, Rev. Adam Boniecki, Tygodnik Powszechny, 25 May 2003, 14 November 2013,


    On 22 October 1996, in a speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (wikt:plenary session|plenary session) at the Vatican, John Paul II said of evolution that "this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favour of this theory." John Paul II's embrace of evolution was enthusiastically praised by American palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould,WEB,weblink The Vatican's View of Evolution: Pope Paul II and Pope Pius, Doug Linder, with whom he had an audience in 1984.WEB,weblink Michelle Green, "Stephen Jay Gould" 1986, Although generally accepting the theory of evolution, John Paul II made one major exception—the human soul. "If the human body has its origin in living material which pre-exists it, the spiritual soul is immediately created by God."

    Iraq War

    In 2003 John Paul II criticised the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, saying in his State of the World address "No to war! War is not always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity."John Paul II, "Address to the Diplomatic Corps", Vatican, 13 January 2003 (Retrieved 7 February 2007). He sent Pío Cardinal Laghi, the former Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, to talk with George W. Bush, the American President, to express opposition to the war. John Paul II said that it was up to the United Nations to solve the international conflict through diplomacy and that a unilateral aggression is a crime against peace and a violation of international law. The pope's opposition to the Iraq War led to him being a candidate to win the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, which was ultimately awarded to Iranian attorney/judge and noted human rights advocate, Shirin Ebadi.Pope Mooted for Nobel Peace Prize The Age, 9 October 2003Pope John Paul II is the Favorite to Win Nobel Peace Prize Deseret News, 10 October 2003

    Liberation theology

    In 1984 and 1986, through Cardinal Ratzinger (future Pope Benedict XVI) as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, John Paul II officially condemned aspects of liberation theology, which had many followers in South America. Visiting Europe, Óscar Romero unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a Vatican condemnation of El Salvador's regime, for violations of human rights and its support of death squads. In his travel to Managua, Nicaragua, in 1983, John Paul II harshly condemned what he dubbed the "popular Church" (i.e. "ecclesial base communities" supported by the CELAM), and the Nicaraguan clergy's tendencies to support the leftist Sandinistas, reminding the clergy of their duties of obedience to the Holy See. During that visit Ernesto Cardenal, a priest and minister in the Sandinista government, knelt to kiss his hand. John Paul withdrew it, wagged his finger in Cardenal's face, and told him, "You must straighten out your position with the church."

    Organised crime

    Pope John Paul II was the first pontiff to actively fight against Mafia violence in Southern Italy. In 1993, during a pilgrimage to Agrigento, Sicily, he appealed to the Mafiosi: "I say to those responsible: 'Convert! One day, the judgment of God will arrive!'" In 1994, John Paul II visited Catania and told victims of Mafia violence to "rise up and cloak yourself in light and justice!"WEB, Filip Mazurczak,weblink The Priest Who Stood Up to the Mafia, First Things, 24 May 2013, 2 November 2013, In 1995, the Mafia bombed two historical churches in Rome. Some believed that this was the mob's vendetta against the pope for his denunciations of organised crime.NEWS, Associated Press,weblink The Mafia Vs. Pope John Paul II, The Spokesman-Review, 24 May 2013, 15 November 2013,

    Persian Gulf War

    Between 1990 and 1991, a 34-nation coalition led by the United States waged a war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, which had invaded and annexed Kuwait. Pope John Paul II was a staunch opponent of the Gulf War. Throughout the conflict, he appealed to the international community to stop the war, and after it was over led diplomatic initiatives to negotiate peace in the Middle East.NEWS, Times Wire Services,weblink Pontiff's Message Condemns Destruction of Gulf War, Los Angeles Times, 1 April 1991, 22 November 2013, In his 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus, John Paul II harshly condemned the conflict:No, never again war, which destroys the lives of innocent people, teaches how to kill, throws into upheaval even the lives of those who do the killing and leaves behind a trail of resentment and hatred, thus making it all the more difficult to find a just solution of the very problems which provoked the war.NEWS, Drew Christiansen, SJ,weblink Hawks, Doves, and Pope John Paul II, America (Jesuit magazine), America, 12 August 2002, 22 November 2013, In April 1991, during his Urbi et Orbi Sunday message at St. Peter's Basilica, John Paul II called for the international community to "lend an ear" to "the long-ignored aspirations of oppressed peoples". He specifically named the Kurds, a people who were fighting a civil war against Saddam Hussein's troops in Iraq, as one such people, and referred to the war as a "darkness menacing the earth". During this time, the Vatican had expressed its frustration with the international ignoring of the pope's calls for peace in the Middle East.NEWS, Clyde Haberman,weblink Pope Denounces Gulf War As "Darkness", The New York Times, 1 April 1991, 22 November 2013,

    Rwandan genocide

    {{see|Rwandan genocide}}John Paul II was the first world leader to describe as genocide the massacre by Hutus of Tutsis in the mostly Catholic country of Rwanda, which started in 1990 and reached its height in 1994. He called for a ceasefire and condemned the massacres on 10 April and 15 May 1990.NEWS, Dariusz Rosiak,weblink Arcybiskup i maczety, pl, Archbishop and machetes, Tygodnik Powszechny, 21 July 2013, 9 November 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 9 November 2013, In 1995, during his third visit to Kenya before an audience of 300,000, John Paul II pleaded for an end to the violence in Rwanda and Burundi, pleading for forgiveness and reconciliation as a solution to the genocide. He told Rwandan and Burundian refugees that he "was close to them and shared their immense pain". He said:What is happening in your countries is a terrible tragedy that must end. During the African Synod, we, the pastors of the church, felt the duty to express our consternation and to launch an appeal for forgiveness and reconciliation. This is the only way to dissipate the threats of ethnocentrism that are hovering over Africa these days and that have so brutally touched Rwanda and Burundi.NEWS, Donatella Lorch,weblink Pope Calls for End to Killings in Rwanda, The New York Times, 20 September 1995, 9 November 2013,

    Views on sexuality

    While taking a traditional position on human sexuality, maintaining the Church's moral opposition to homosexual acts, John Paul II asserted that people with homosexual inclinations possess the same inherent dignity and rights as everybody else. In his book Memory and Identity he referred to the "strong pressures" by the European Parliament to recognise homosexual unions as an alternative type of family, with the right to adopt children. In the book, as quoted by Reuters, he wrote: "It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, more subtle and hidden, perhaps, intent upon exploiting human rights themselves against man and against the family."{{sfn|Pope John Paul II|2005|p=12}} A 1997 study determined that 3% of the pope's statements were about the issue of sexual morality.

    Reform of canon law

    {{canon law}}John Paul II completed a full-scale reform of the Catholic Church's legal system, Latin and Eastern, and a reform of the Roman Curia.On 18 October 1990, when promulgating the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, John Paul II statedIn 1998 Pope John Paul II issued the motu proprio Ad tuendam fidem, which amended two canons (750 and 1371) of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and two canons (598 and 1436) of the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

    1983 Code of Canon Law

    On 25 January 1983, with the Apostolic Constitution Sacrae disciplinae leges John Paul II promulgated the current Code of Canon Law for all members of the Catholic Church who belonged to the Latin Church. It entered into force the first Sunday of the following Advent,Ap. Const. Sacræ Disciplineæ Leges which was 27 November, "New Canon Law Code in Effect for Catholics", 27 November 1983, accessed June-25-2013 John Paul II described the new Code as "the last document of Vatican II". Edward N. Peters has referred to the 1983 Code as the "Johanno-Pauline Code"Master Page on the Johanno-Pauline Code of 1983,, accessed 17 March 2016 (Johannes Paulus is Latin for "John Paul"), paralleling the "Pio-Benedictine" 1917 code that it replaced.

    Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches

    Pope John Paul II promulgated the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (CCEO) on 18 October 1990, by the document Sacri Canones.AAS82 (1990) pp. 1033–1063 The CCEO came into force of law on 1 October 1991.Dr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath, Salvific Law: Salvific Character of CCEO, An Historical Overview, Malankara Seminary Publications, Trivandrum, 2008, p.79 It is the codification of the common portions of the Canon Law for the 23 of the 24 sui iuris churches in the Catholic Church that are the Eastern Catholic Churches. It is divided into 30 titles and has a total of 1540 canons.Pete Vere & Michael Trueman, "Surprised by Canon Law, Vol. 2" (Cincinnati, Ohio: Servant Books, 2007); pg. 123

    Pastor Bonus

    John Paul II promulgated the apostolic constitution Pastor bonus on 28 June 1988. It instituted a number of reforms in the process of running the Roman Curia. Pastor Bonus laid out in considerable detail the organisation of the Roman Curia, specifying precisely the names and composition of each dicastery, and enumerating the competencies of each dicastery. It replaced the previous special law, Regimini Ecclesiæ universæ, which was promulgated by Paul VI in 1967.Akin, Jimmy. "Is Pope Francis about to “rip up” the Vatican constitution? 12 things to know and share", National Catholic Register, 2 October 2013

    Catechism of the Catholic Church

    On 11 October 1992, in his apostolic constitution Fidei depositum (The Deposit of Faith), John Paul ordered the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.He declared the publication to be "a sure norm for teaching the faith … a sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine and particularly for preparing local catechisms". It was "meant to encourage and assist in the writing of new local catechisms [both applicable and faithful]" rather than replacing them.

    Role in the collapse of dictatorships

    Pope John Paul II has been credited with inspiring political change that not only led to the collapse of Communism in his native Poland and eventually all of Eastern Europe, but also in many countries ruled by dictators. In the words of Joaquín Navarro-Valls, John Paul II's press secretary:The single fact of John Paul II's election in 1978 changed everything. In Poland, everything began. Not in East Germany or Czechoslovakia. Then the whole thing spread. Why in 1980 did they lead the way in Gdansk? Why did they decide, now or never? Only because there was a Polish pope. He was in Chile and Pinochet was out. He was in Haiti and Duvalier was out. He was in the Philippines and Marcos was out. On many of those occasions, people would come here to the Vatican thanking the Holy Father for changing things.Jonathan Kwitny, Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II, p. 592, Henry Holt and Co. (1997), {{ISBN|978-0-8050-2688-7}}


    Before John Paul II's pilgrimage to Latin America, during a meeting with reporters, he criticised Augusto Pinochet's regime as "dictatorial". In the words of The New York Times, he used "unusually strong language" to criticise Pinochet and asserted to journalists that the Church in Chile must not only pray, but actively fight for the restoration of democracy in Chile.Pope, on Latin Trip, Attacks Pinochet Regime The New York Times, 1 April 1987During his visit to Chile in 1987, John Paul II asked Chile's 31 Catholic bishops to campaign for free elections in the country.Pope Tells Chile's Bishops To Press for Free Elections; Pontiff Joins Pinochet on Palace Balcony The Washington Post, 3 April 1987 {{dead link|date=May 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} According to George Weigel and Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, he encouraged Pinochet to accept a democratic opening of the regime, and may even have called for his resignationBOOK, George Weigel, Biografía de Juan Pablo II—Testigo de Esperanza, es, Biography of John Paul II—Witness to Hope, Editorial Plaza & Janés, 2003, 978-84-01-01304-1, ; BOOK, Heraldo Munoz, The Dictator's Shadow: Life under Augusto Pinochet, 183, Basic Books, 2008, 978-0-465-00250-4, According to Monsignor Sławomir Oder, the postulator of John Paul II's beatification cause, John Paul's words to Pinochet had a profound impact on the Chilean dictator. The pope confided to a friend: "I received a letter from Pinochet in which he told me that as a Catholic he had listened to my words, he had accepted them, and he had decided to begin the process to change the leadership of his country."Slawomir Oder, Why He Is a Saint: The Life and Faith of Pope John Paul II and the Case for Canonisation, p. 107–108, Rizzoli International Publications (2010), {{ISBN|978-0-8478-3631-4}}During his visit to Chile, John Paul II supported the Vicariate of Solidarity, the Church-led pro-democracy, anti-Pinochet organisation. John Paul II visited the Vicariate of Solidarity's offices, spoke with its workers, and "called upon them to continue their work, emphasizing that the Gospel consistently urges respect for human rights".Timmerman, Jacobo Chile: Death in the South, p. 114, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1987 {{ISBN|978-0-517-02902-2}} While in Chile, Pope John Paul II made gestures of public support of Chile's anti-Pinochet democratic opposition. For instance, he hugged and kissed Carmen Gloria Quintana, a young student who had been nearly burned to death by Chilean police and told her that "We must pray for peace and justice in Chile."Papal Mass In Chile Erupts In Violence Chicago Tribune, 4 April 1987 Later, he met with several opposition groups, including those that had been declared illegal by Pinochet's government. The opposition praised John Paul II for denouncing Pinochet as a "dictator", for many members of Chile's opposition were persecuted for much milder statements. Bishop Carlos Camus, one of the harshest critics of Pinochet's dictatorship within the Chilean Church, praised John Paul II's stance during the papal visit: "I am quite moved, because our pastor supports us totally. Never again will anyone be able to say that we are interfering in politics when we defend human dignity." He added: "No country the Pope has visited has remained the same after his departure. The Pope's visit is a mission, an extraordinary social catechism, and his stay here will be a watershed in Chilean history."Pionchet's Foes Cheered by the Pope's Presence The New York Times, 3 April 1987Some have erroneously accused John Paul II of affirming Pinochet's regime by appearing with the Chilean ruler in public. However, Cardinal Roberto Tucci, the organiser of John Paul II's visits, revealed that Pinochet tricked the pontiff by telling him he would take him to his living room, while in reality he took him to his balcony. Tucci claims that the pontiff was "furious".NEWS,weblink Dlaczego Jan Paweł II wyszedł z Pinochetem na balkon, pl, Why John Paul II went to the balcony of Pinochet, Gazeta Wyborcza, 24 December 2009, 22 October 2014,


    Pope John Paul II visited Haiti on 9 March 1983, when the country was ruled by Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. He bluntly criticised the poverty of the country, directly addressing Baby Doc and his wife, Michèle Bennett in front of a large crowd of Haitians:Yours is a beautiful country, rich in human resources, but Christians cannot be unaware of the injustice, the excessive inequality, the degradation of the quality of life, the misery, the hunger, the fear suffered by the majority of the people.Riccardo Orizio, Talk of the Devil: Encounters with Seven Dictators, p. 131, Walker & Company (2003), {{ISBN|978-0-8027-1416-9}}John Paul II spoke in French and occasionally in Creole, and in the homily outlined the basic human rights that most Haitians lacked: "the opportunity to eat enough, to be cared for when ill, to find housing, to study, to overcome illiteracy, to find worthwhile and properly paid work; all that provides a truly human life for men and women, for young and old." Following John Paul II's pilgrimage, the Haitian opposition to Duvalier frequently reproduced and quoted the pope's message. Shortly before leaving Haiti, John Paul II called for social change in Haiti by saying: "Lift up your heads, be conscious of your dignity of men created in God's image...."James Ferguson, Papa Doc, Baby Doc: Haiti and the Duvaliers, p. 75-77, Basil Blackwell (1987), {{ISBN|978-0-631-16579-8}}John Paul II's visit inspired massive protests against the Duvalier dictatorship. In response to the visit, 860 Catholic priests and Church workers signed a statement committing the Church to work on behalf of the poor.Douglas Bond, Christopher Kruegler, Roger S. Powers, and William B. Vogele, Protest, Power, and Change: An Encyclopedia of Nonviolent Action from ACT-UP to Women's Suffrage, p. 227, Routledge (1997), {{ISBN|978-0-8153-0913-0}} In 1986, Duvalier was deposed in an uprising.


    The collapse of the dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay was linked, among other things, to Pope John Paul II's visit to the South American country in 1989. Since Stroessner's taking power through a coup d'état in 1954, Paraguay's bishops increasingly criticised the regime for human rights abuses, rigged elections, and the country's feudal economy. During his private meeting with Stroessner, John Paul II told the dictator:Politics has a fundamental ethical dimension because it is first and foremost a service to man. The Church can and must remind men—and in particular those who govern—of their ethical duties for the good of the whole of society. The Church cannot be isolated inside its temples just as men's consciences cannot be isolated from God.David Willey, God's Politician: Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church, and the New World Order, p. 227, St. Martin's Press (1992), {{ISBN|978-0-312-08798-2}}Later, during a Mass, Pope John Paul II criticised the regime for impoverishing the peasants and the unemployed, claiming that the government must give people greater access to the land. Although Stroessner tried to prevent him from doing so, Pope John Paul II met opposition leaders in the one-party state.

    Role in the fall of Communism

    File:Vladimir Putin with Pope John Paul II-1.jpg|thumb|Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinBy the late 1970s the dissolution of the Soviet Union was widely predicted.WEB,weblink" title="">weblink bailey83221: Anticipations of the Failure of Communism (Scholarly list of those who predicted fall, 2006-05-02,, 2019-02-24, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "Will Russia blow up?" Newsweek (19 November 1979): 144,147. John Paul II has been credited with being instrumental in bringing down Communism in Central and Eastern Europe,{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=234}}{{sfn|Domínguez|2005}} by being the spiritual inspiration behind its downfall and catalyst for "a peaceful revolution" in Poland. Lech WaÅ‚Ä™sa, the founder of Solidarity and the first post-Communist President of Poland, credited John Paul II with giving Poles the courage to demand change. According to WaÅ‚Ä™sa, "Before his pontificate, the world was divided into blocs. Nobody knew how to get rid of Communism. In Warsaw, in 1979, he simply said: 'Do not be afraid', and later prayed: 'Let your Spirit descend and change the image of the land … this land'."{{sfn|Domínguez|2005}} It has also been widely alleged that the Vatican Bank covertly funded Solidarity.File:John Paul II George W. Bush Medal of Freedom 2004.jpg|thumb|left|US President George W. Bush presenting the Presidential Medal of FreedomPresidential Medal of FreedomIn 1984 President Ronald Reagan opened diplomatic relations with the Vatican for the first time since 1870. In sharp contrast to the long history of strong domestic opposition, this time there was very little opposition from Congress, the courts, and Protestant groups.Andrew M. Essig, and Jennifer L. Moore. "US-Holy See Diplomacy: The Establishment of Formal Relations, 1984." Catholic Historical Review (2009) 95#4, pp. 741-764741-764. online Relations between Reagan and John Paul II were close especially because of their shared anti-communism and keen interest in forcing the Soviets out of Poland.Marie Gayte, "The Vatican and the Reagan Administration: A Cold War Alliance?." Catholic Historical Review (2011) 97#4 pp. 713–736 online Reagan's correspondence with the pope reveals "a continuous scurrying to shore up Vatican support for U.S. policies. Perhaps most surprisingly, the papers show that, as late as 1984, the pope did not believe the Communist Polish government could be changed."The British historian Timothy Garton Ash, who describes himself as an "agnostic liberal", said shortly after John Paul II's death:No one can prove conclusively that he was a primary cause of the end of communism. However, the major figures on all sides—not just Lech WaÅ‚Ä™sa, the Polish Solidarity leader, but also Solidarity's arch-opponent, General Wojciech Jaruzelski; not just the former American president George Bush Senior but also the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev—now agree that he was. I would argue the historical case in three steps: without the Polish Pope, no Solidarity revolution in Poland in 1980; without Solidarity, no dramatic change in Soviet policy towards eastern Europe under Gorbachev; without that change, no velvet revolutions in 1989.NEWS,weblink The first world leader, The Guardian, 4 April 2005, 4 November 2013, File:Grafiti rijeka 1208.jpg|thumb|Graffiti showing Pope John Paul II with quote "Do not be afraid" in Rijeka, CroatiaCroatiaIn December 1989, John Paul II met with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican and each expressed his respect and admiration for the other. Gorbachev once said "The collapse of the Iron Curtain would have been impossible without John Paul II." On John Paul II's death, Mikhail Gorbachev said: "Pope John Paul II's devotion to his followers is a remarkable example to all of us."{{sfn|Domínguez|2005}}On 4 June 2004 US President George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honour, to John Paul II during a ceremony at the Apostolic Palace. The president read the citation that accompanied the medal, which recognised "this son of Poland" whose "principled stand for peace and freedom has inspired millions and helped to topple communism and tyranny".NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 4 April 2004, Poles worried, proud of Pope John Paul II 10/13/03, Associated Press, The Topeka Capital-Journal, 3 April 2012, 28 January 2012, After receiving the award, John Paul II said, "May the desire for freedom, peace, a more humane world symbolised by this medal inspire men and women of goodwill in every time and place."

    Communist attempt to humiliate John Paul II

    In 1983 Poland's Communist government unsuccessfully tried to humiliate John Paul II by falsely saying he had fathered an illegitimate child. Section D of Służba Bezpieczeństwa (SB), the security service, had an action named "Triangolo" to carry out criminal operations against the Catholic Church; the operation encompassed all Polish hostile actions against the pope.NEWS,weblink Polish secret services played key part in criminal plot to kill John Paul II, Canada Free Press, 13 October 2006, 23 October 2014, {{better source|date=April 2019}} Captain Grzegorz Piotrowski, one of the murderers of beatified Jerzy Popiełuszko, was the leader of section D. They drugged Irena Kinaszewska, the secretary of the Kraków-based weekly Catholic magazine Tygodnik Powszechny where Karol Wojtyła had worked, and unsuccessfully attempted to make her admit to having had sexual relations with him.NEWS,weblink Nieślubne dziecko Jana Pawła II. Kulisy esbeckiej prowokacji, pl, Illegitimate child of John Paul II. Behind the scenes [?] provocation, Dziennik, 4 October 2013, 23 October 2014, The SB then attempted to compromise Cracow priest Andrzej Bardecki, an editor of Tygodnik Powszechny and one of the closest friends of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła before he became pope, by planting false memoirs in his dwelling, but Piotrowski was exposed and the forgeries were found and destroyed before the SB could "discover" them.

    Relations with other denominations and religions

    John Paul II travelled extensively and met with believers from many divergent faiths. At the World Day of Prayer for Peace, held in Assisi on 27 October 1986, more than 120 representatives of different religions and denominations spent a day of fasting and prayer.


    John Paul II had good relations with the Church of England. He was the first reigning pope to travel to the United Kingdom, in 1982, where he met Queen Elizabeth II, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. He preached in Canterbury Cathedral and received Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He said that he was disappointed by the Church of England's decision to ordain women and saw it as a step away from unity between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church.In 1980, John Paul II issued a Pastoral Provision allowing married former Episcopal priests to become Catholic priests, and for the acceptance of former Episcopal Church parishes into the Catholic Church. He allowed the creation of the Anglican Use form of the Latin Rite, which incorporates the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. He helped establish Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, together with Archbishop Patrick Flores of San Antonio, Texas, as the inaugural parish for the Anglican Use liturgy.


    In his book-length interview Crossing the Threshold of Hope with the Italian journalist Vittorio Messori published in 1995, John Paul II draws parallels between animism and Christianity. He says:… it would be helpful to recall … the animist religions which stress ancestor worship. It seems that those who practice them are particularly close to Christianity, and among them, the Church's missionaries also find it easier to speak a common language. Is there, perhaps, in this veneration of ancestors a kind of preparation for the Christian faith in the Communion of Saints, in which all believers—whether living or dead—form a single community, a single body? […] There is nothing strange, then, that the African and Asian animists would become believers in Christ more easily than followers of the great religions of the Far East.John Paul II. Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 82, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1994 {{ISBN|978-0-307-76457-7}}In 1985, the pope visited the African country of Togo, where 60 per cent of the population espouses animist beliefs. To honour the pope, animist religious leaders met him at a Catholic Marian shrine in the forest, much to the pontiff's delight. John Paul II proceeded to call for the need for religious tolerance, praised nature, and emphasised common elements between animism and Christianity, saying:Nature, exuberant and splendid in this area of forests and lakes, impregnates spirits and hearts with its mystery and orients them spontaneously toward the mystery of He who is the author of life. It is this religious sentiment that animates you and one can say that animates all of your compatriots.Pope Visits Palace in Togo, Then a Woman's Mud Hut The New York Times, 10 August 1985During the investiture of President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin as a titled Yoruba chieftain on 20 December 2008, the reigning Ooni of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Olubuse II, referred to Pope John Paul II as a previous recipient of the same royal honour.WEB,weblink His Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse ll- The Ooni of Ife,, 20 December 2008, 28 April 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 3 March 2013,

    Armenian Apostolic Church

    John Paul II had good relations with the Armenian Apostolic Church. In 1996, he brought the Catholic Church and the Armenian Church closer by agreeing with Armenian Archbishop Karekin II on Christ's nature.NEWS,weblink Pope to Make First Visit to Armenia, Los Angeles Times, 24 April 1999, 6 December 2014, Associated Press, During an audience in 2000, John Paul II and Karekin II, by then the Catholicos of All Armenians, issued a joint statement condemning the Armenian genocide. Meanwhile, the pope gave Karekin the relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the first head of the Armenian Church that had been kept in Naples, Italy, for 500 years.WEB,weblink Pope John Paul II Recognises Armenian Genocide,, 10 November 2000, 6 December 2014, In September 2001, John Paul II went on a three-day pilgrimage to Armenia to take part in an ecumenical celebration with Karekin II in the newly consecrated St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan. The two Church leaders signed a declaration remembering the victims of the Armenian genocide.George Weigel, The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II – The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy, p. 283, Doubleday Religion (2010), {{ISBN|978-0-385-52480-3}}


    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, visited John Paul II eight times. The two men held many similar views and understood similar plights, both coming from nations affected by Communism and both serving as heads of major religious bodies. As Archbishop of Kraków, long before the 14th Dalai Lama was a world-famous figure, WojtyÅ‚a held special Masses to pray for the Tibetan people's non-violent struggle for freedom from Maoist China.Levi, Mons. Virgilio and Christine Allison. John Paul II: A Tribute in Words and Pictures, p. 165, William Morrow, 1999 {{ISBN|978-0-688-16621-2}} During his 1995 visit to Sri Lanka, a country where a majority of the population adheres to Theravada Buddhism, John Paul II expressed his admiration for Buddhism:In particular I express my highest regard for the followers of Buddhism, the majority religion in Sri Lanka, with its … four great values of … loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity; with its ten transcendental virtues and the joys of the Sangha expressed so beautifully in the Theragathas. I ardently hope that my visit will serve to strengthen the goodwill between us, and that it will reassure everyone of the Catholic Church's desire for interreligious dialogue and cooperation in building a more just and fraternal world. To everyone I extend the hand of friendship, recalling the splendid words of the Dhammapada: "Better than a thousand useless words is one single word that gives peace...."WEB,weblink Text of Bishop Brunett's Greetings, Brunett, Mons. Alex, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Media Relations, 30 October 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 16 April 2013, dmy-all,

    Eastern Orthodox Church

    In May 1999, John Paul II visited Romania on the invitation from Patriarch Teoctist ArăpaÅŸu of the Romanian Orthodox Church. This was the first time a pope had visited a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054. On his arrival, the Patriarch and the President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu, greeted the pope. The Patriarch stated, "The second millennium of Christian history began with a painful wounding of the unity of the Church; the end of this millennium has seen a real commitment to restoring Christian unity."On 23–27 June 2001, John Paul II visited Ukraine, another heavily Orthodox nation, at the invitation of the President of Ukraine and bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The Pope spoke to leaders of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organisations, pleading for "open, tolerant and honest dialogue". About 200 thousand people attended the liturgies celebrated by the Pope in Kiev, and the liturgy in Lviv gathered nearly one and a half million faithful. John Paul II said that an end to the Great Schism was one of his fondest wishes. Healing divisions between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches regarding Latin and Byzantine traditions was clearly of great personal interest. For many years, John Paul II sought to facilitate dialogue and unity stating as early as 1988 in Euntes in mundum, "Europe has two lungs, it will never breathe easily until it uses both of them."During his 2001 travels, John Paul II became the first pope to visit Greece in 1291 years. In Athens, the pope met with Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Church of Greece. After a private 30-minute meeting, the two spoke publicly. Christodoulos read a list of "13 offences" of the Catholic Church against the Eastern Orthodox Church since the Great Schism, including the pillaging of Constantinople by crusaders in 1204, and bemoaned the lack of apology from the Catholic Church, saying "Until now, there has not been heard a single request for pardon" for the "maniacal crusaders of the 13th century".The pope responded by saying "For the occasions past and present, when sons and daughters of the Catholic Church have sinned by action or omission against their Orthodox brothers and sisters, may the Lord grant us forgiveness", to which Christodoulos immediately applauded. John Paul II said that the sacking of Constantinople was a source of "profound regret" for Catholics. Later John Paul II and Christodoulos met on a spot where Saint Paul had once preached to Athenian Christians. They issued a 'common declaration', saying "We shall do everything in our power, so that the Christian roots of Europe and its Christian soul may be preserved.... We condemn all recourse to violence, proselytism and fanaticism, in the name of religion." The two leaders then said the Lord's Prayer together, breaking an Orthodox taboo against praying with Catholics.The pope had said throughout his pontificate that one of his greatest dreams was to visit Russia, but this never occurred. He attempted to solve the problems that had arisen over centuries between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, and in 2004 gave them a 1730 copy of the lost icon of Our Lady of Kazan.


    File:StJohnInUmmayad.jpg|thumb|John Paul II was the first Pope to enter and pray in a mosque, visiting the tomb of John the Baptist at Damascus' Umayyad MosqueUmayyad MosqueJohn Paul II made considerable efforts to improve relations between Catholicism and Islam.On 6 May 2001, he became the first Catholic pope to enter and pray in a mosque, namely the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Respectfully removing his shoes, he entered the former Byzantine era Christian church dedicated to John the Baptist, who is also revered as a prophet of Islam. He gave a speech including the statement: "For all the times that Muslims and Christians have offended one another, we need to seek forgiveness from the Almighty and to offer each other forgiveness." He kissed the Qur'an in Syria, an act that made him popular among Muslims but that disturbed many Catholics.In 2004, John Paul II hosted the "Papal Concert of Reconciliation", which brought together leaders of Islam with leaders of the Jewish community and of the Catholic Church at the Vatican for a concert by the Kraków Philharmonic Choir from Poland, the London Philharmonic Choir from the United Kingdom, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from the United States, and the Ankara State Polyphonic Choir of Turkey. The event was conceived and conducted by Sir Gilbert Levine, KCSG and was broadcast throughout the world.John Paul II oversaw the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which makes a special provision for Muslims; therein, it is written, "together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."


    In 1995, Pope John Paul II held a meeting with 21 Jains, a sect that broke away from mainstream Hinduism in 600 BC, organised by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He praised Mohandas Gandhi for his "unshakeable faith in God", assured the Jains that the Catholic Church will continue to engage in dialogue with their religion and spoke of the common need to aid the poor. The Jain leaders were impressed with the pope's "transparency and simplicity", and the meeting received much attention in the Gujarat state in western India, home to many Jains.WEB,weblink Pope Impresses Jain Team with Personal Warmth, Encourages More Dialogue,, 20 April 1995, 6 December 2014,


    Relations between Catholicism and Judaism improved dramatically during the pontificate of John Paul II. He spoke frequently about the Church's relationship with the Jewish faith.In 1979, John Paul II visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where many of his compatriots (mostly Jews) had perished during the Nazi occupation in World War II, the first pope to do so. In 1998, he issued We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, which outlined his thinking on the Holocaust. He became the first pope known to have made an official papal visit to a synagogue, when he visited the Great Synagogue of Rome on 13 April 1986.On 30 December 1993, John Paul II established formal diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the State of Israel, acknowledging its centrality in Jewish life and faith.On 7 April 1994, he hosted the Papal Concert to Commemorate the Holocaust. It was the first-ever Vatican event dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews murdered in World War II. This concert, which was conceived and conducted by American conductor Gilbert Levine, was attended by the Chief Rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff, the President of Italy Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, and survivors of the Holocaust from around the world. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, actor Richard Dreyfuss and cellist Lynn Harrell performed on this occasion under Levine's direction. On the morning of the concert, the pope received the attending members of survivor community in a special audience in the Apostolic Palace.In March 2000, John Paul II visited Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust memorial in Israel, and later made history by touching one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, placing a letter inside it (in which he prayed for forgiveness for the actions against Jews). In part of his address he said: "I assure the Jewish people the Catholic Church … is deeply saddened by the hatred, acts of persecution and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews by Christians at any time and in any place," he added that there were "no words strong enough to deplore the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust." Israeli cabinet minister Rabbi Michael Melchior, who hosted the pope's visit, said he was "very moved" by the pope's gesture.It was beyond history, beyond memory.We are deeply saddened by the behaviour of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant.In October 2003, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a statement congratulating John Paul II on entering the 25th year of his papacy. In January 2005, John Paul II became the first pope known to receive a priestly blessing from a rabbi, when Rabbis Benjamin Blech, Barry Dov Schwartz, and Jack Bemporad visited the Pontiff at Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace.Immediately after John Paul II's death, the ADL said in a statement that he had revolutionised Catholic-Jewish relations, saying, "more change for the better took place in his 27-year Papacy than in the nearly 2,000 years before." In another statement issued by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, Director Dr Colin Rubenstein said, "The Pope will be remembered for his inspiring spiritual leadership in the cause of freedom and humanity. He achieved far more in terms of transforming relations with both the Jewish people and the State of Israel than any other figure in the history of the Catholic Church."
    With Judaism, therefore, we have a relationship which we do not have with any other religion. You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.
    In an interview with the Polish Press Agency, Michael Schudrich, chief rabbi of Poland, said that never in history did anyone do as much for Christian-Jewish dialogue as Pope John Paul II, adding that many Jews had a greater respect for the late pope than for some rabbis. Schudrich praised John Paul II for condemning anti-Semitism as a sin, which no previous pope had done.NEWS,weblink Żydzi szanowali JPII bardziej niż rabinów, pl, Jews respect John Paul II more than the rabbis, 21 April 2011, Fakt, 22 October 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 9 November 2014, On John Paul II's beatification the Chief Rabbi of Rome Riccardo Di Segni said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that "John Paul II was revolutionary because he tore down a thousand-year wall of Catholic distrust of the Jewish world." Meanwhile, Elio Toaff, the former Chief Rabbi of Rome, said that: Remembrance of the Pope Karol Wojtyła will remain strong in the collective Jewish memory because of his appeals to fraternity and the spirit of tolerance, which excludes all violence. In the stormy history of relations between Roman popes and Jews in the ghetto in which they were closed for over three centuries in humiliating circumstances, John Paul II is a bright figure in his uniqueness. In relations between our two great religions in the new century that was stained with bloody wars and the plague of racism, the heritage of John Paul II remains one of the few spiritual islands guaranteeing survival and human progress.NEWS,weblink Żydzi "wyrazili radość" z powodu beatyfikacji Jana Pawła II, pl, Jews "expressed joy" because of the beatification of John Paul II, 5 April 2011, Fakt, 8 October 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 5 October 2012, yes, dmy-all,


    From 15 to 19 November 1980, John Paul II visited West Germany on his first trip to a country with a large Lutheran Protestant population. In Mainz, he met with leaders of the Evangelical Church in Germany, and with representatives of other Christian denominations.On 11 December 1983, John Paul II participated in an ecumenical service in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rome, the first papal visit ever to a Lutheran church. The visit took place 500 years after the birth of Martin Luther, German Augustinian monk and Protestant Reformer.In his apostolic pilgrimage to Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden of June 1989, John Paul II became the first pope to visit countries with Lutheran majorities. In addition to celebrating Mass with Catholic believers, he participated in ecumenical services at places that had been Catholic shrines before the Reformation: Nidaros Cathedral in Norway; near St. Olav's Church at Thingvellir in Iceland; Turku Cathedral in Finland; Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark; and Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden.On 31 October 1999, (the 482nd anniversary of Reformation Day, Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses), representatives of the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) signed a Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, as a gesture of unity. The signing was a fruit of a theological dialogue that had been going on between the LWF and the Vatican since 1965.

    Assassination attempts and plots

    File:Fiat "Campagnola" attempted murder of Pope John Paul II.jpg|thumb|The Fiat Popemobile that carried John Paul II during the 1981 assassination attempt on his life in St. Peter's Square in Vatican CityVatican CityAs he entered St. Peter's Square to address an audience on 13 May 1981,NEWS, 1981 Year in Review: Pope John Paul II Assassination (sic) Attempt,weblink United Press International (UPI), 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by Mehmet Ali AÄŸca,{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=234}}{{sfn|Dziwisz|2001}} an expert Turkish gunman who was a member of the militant fascist group Grey Wolves. The assassin used a Browning 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, shooting the pope in the abdomen and perforating his colon and small intestine multiple times. John Paul II was rushed into the Vatican complex and then to the Gemelli Hospital. On the way to the hospital, he lost consciousness. Even though the two bullets missed his mesenteric artery and abdominal aorta, he lost nearly three-quarters of his blood. He underwent five hours of surgery to treat his wounds.{{sfn|Time Magazine 1982-01-25|p=1}} Surgeons performed a colostomy, temporarily rerouting the upper part of the large intestine to let the damaged lower part heal.{{sfn|Time Magazine 1982-01-25|p=1}} When he briefly regained consciousness before being operated on, he instructed the doctors not to remove his Brown Scapular during the operation. One of the few people allowed in to see him at the Gemelli Clinic was one of his closest friends philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, who arrived on Saturday 16 May and kept him company while he recovered from emergency surgery.What really happened between Pope John Paul II and his close friend, Anna-Teresa Tymienecka? by Edward Stourton, 15 February 2016, The Telegraph The pope later stated that Our Lady of Fátima helped keep him alive throughout his ordeal.{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=234}}{{sfn|Dziwisz|2001}}{{sfn|Bertone|2000–2009}}File:PapalAssassinationAttemptMarker.jpg|thumb|right|Small marble tablet in St. Peter's Square indicating where the shooting of John Paul II occurred. The tablet bears John Paul's personal papal arms and the date of the shooting in Roman numeralRoman numeralCould I forget that the event in St. Peter's Square took place on the day and at the hour when the first appearance of the Mother of Christ to the poor little peasants has been remembered for over sixty years at Fátima, Portugal? For in everything that happened to me on that very day, I felt that extraordinary motherly protection and care, which turned out to be stronger than the deadly bullet.{{sfn|Pope John Paul II|2005|p=184}}AÄŸca was caught and restrained by a nun and other bystanders until police arrived. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. Two days after Christmas in 1983, John Paul II visited AÄŸca in prison. John Paul II and AÄŸca spoke privately for about twenty minutes.{{sfn|Maxwell-Stuart|2006|p=234}}{{sfn|Dziwisz|2001}} John Paul II said, "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."Numerous other theories were advanced to explain the assassination attempt, some of them controversial. One such theory, advanced by Michael Ledeen and heavily pushed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency at the time of the assassination but never substantiated by evidence, was that the Soviet Union was behind the attempt on John Paul II's life in retaliation for the pope's support of Solidarity, the Catholic, pro-democratic Polish workers' movement. This theory was supported by the 2006 Mitrokhin Commission, set up by Silvio Berlusconi and headed by Forza Italia senator Paolo Guzzanti, which alleged that Communist Bulgarian security departments were utilised to prevent the Soviet Union's role from being uncovered, and concluded that Soviet military intelligence (Glavnoje Razvedyvatel'noje Upravlenije), not the KGB, were responsible. Russian Foreign Intelligence Service spokesman Boris Labusov called the accusation "absurd". The pope declared during a May 2002 visit to Bulgaria that the country's Soviet-bloc-era leadership had nothing to do with the assassination attempt. However, his secretary, Cardinal StanisÅ‚aw Dziwisz, alleged in his book A Life with Karol, that the pope was convinced privately that the former Soviet Union was behind the attack. It was later discovered that many of John Paul II's aides had foreign-government attachments; Bulgaria and Russia disputed the Italian commission's conclusions, pointing out that the pope had publicly denied the Bulgarian connection.A second assassination attempt was made on 12 May 1982, just a day before the anniversary of the first attempt on his life, in Fátima, Portugal when a man tried to stab John Paul II with a bayonet. He was stopped by security guards. StanisÅ‚aw Dziwisz later said that John Paul II had been injured during the attempt but managed to hide a non-life-threatening wound. The assailant, a traditionalist Catholic Spanish priest named Juan María Fernández y Krohn, had been ordained as a priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre of the Society of Saint Pius X and was opposed to the changes made by the Second Vatican Council, claiming that the pope was an agent of Communist Moscow and of the Marxist Eastern Bloc.{{sfn|Hebblethwaite|1995|p=95}} Fernández y Krohn subsequently left the priesthood and served three years of a six-year sentence.{{sfn|Hebblethwaite|1995|p=95}} The ex-priest was treated for mental illness and then expelled from Portugal to become a solicitor in Belgium.{{sfn|Hebblethwaite|1995|p=95}}The Al-Qaeda-funded Bojinka plot planned to kill John Paul II during a visit to the Philippines during World Youth Day 1995 celebrations. On 15 January 1995 a suicide bomber was planning to dress as a priest and detonate a bomb when the pope passed in his motorcade on his way to the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City. The assassination was supposed to divert attention from the next phase of the operation. However, a chemical fire inadvertently started by the cell alerted police to their whereabouts, and all were arrested a week before the pope's visit, and confessed to the plot.In 2009 John Koehler, a journalist and former army intelligence officer, published Spies in the Vatican: The Soviet Union's Cold War Against the Catholic Church. Mining mostly East German and Polish secret police archives, Koehler says the assassination attempts were "KGB-backed" and gives details.Publishers Weekly, review of 'Spies in the Vatican', 11 May 2009 During John Paul II's papacy there were many clerics within the Vatican who on nomination, declined to be ordained, and then mysteriously left the church. There is wide speculation that they were, in reality, KGB agents.


    John Paul II apologised to many groups that had suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church through the years.{{sfn|Pope John Paul II|2005|p=1}} Before becoming pope he had been a prominent editor and supporter of initiatives such as the Letter of Reconciliation of the Polish Bishops to the German Bishops from 1965. As pope, he officially made public apologies for over 100 wrongdoings, including:NEWS,weblink Pope says sorry for sins of church, The Guardian, 13 March 2000, 22 October 2014, Caroll, Rory, London, NEWS,weblink Pope issues apology, BBC News, 14 January 2013, BBC News, NEWS,weblink Pope apologises for Church sins, BBC News, 14 January 2013, BBC News, 12 March 2000, NEWS,weblink Apologies by Pope John Paul II, Ontario Consultants, 7 March 2000, 14 January 2013, Robinson, B. A.,
    • The legal process on the Italian scientist and philosopher Galileo Galilei, himself a devout Catholic, around 1633 (31 October 1992).
    • Catholics' involvement with the African chiefs who sold their subjects and captives in the African slave trade (9 August 1993).
    • The Church Hierarchy's role in burnings at the stake and the religious wars that followed the Protestant Reformation (May 1995, in the Czech Republic).
    • The injustices committed against women, the violation of women's rights and the historical denigration of women (10 July 1995, in a letter to "every woman").
    • The inactivity and silence of many Catholics during the Holocaust (see the article Religion in Nazi Germany) (16 March 1998).
    On 20 November 2001, from a laptop in the Vatican, Pope John Paul II sent his first e-mail apologising for the Catholic sex abuse cases, the Church-backed "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginal children in Australia, and to China for the behaviour of Catholic missionaries in colonial times.


    File:PapstJPII20040922.jpg|thumb|An ailing John Paul II riding in the Popemobile in September 2004 in St. Peter's SquareSt. Peter's SquareWhen he became pope in 1978 at the age of 58, John Paul II was an avid sportsman. He was extremely healthy and active, jogging in the Vatican gardens, weight training, swimming, and hiking in the mountains. He was fond of football. The media contrasted the new pope's athleticism and trim figure to the poor health of John Paul I and Paul VI, the portliness of John XXIII and the constant claims of ailments of Pius XII. The only modern pope with a fitness regimen had been Pope Pius XI (1922–1939), who was an avid mountaineer. An Irish Independent article in the 1980s labelled John Paul II the keep-fit pope.However, after over twenty-five years as pope, two assassination attempts, one of which injured him severely, and a number of cancer scares, John Paul's physical health declined. In 2001 he was diagnosed as suffering from Parkinson's disease. International observers had suspected this for some time, but it was only publicly acknowledged by the Vatican in 2003. Despite difficulty speaking more than a few sentences at a time, trouble hearing, and severe osteoarthrosis, he continued to tour the world although rarely walking in public.

    Death and funeral

    Final months

    Pope John Paul II was hospitalised with breathing problems caused by a bout of influenza on 1 February 2005.NEWS,weblink Europe | Pope John Paul rushed to hospital, BBC News, 2 February 2005, 17 February 2013, He left the hospital on 10 February, but was subsequently hospitalised again with breathing problems two weeks later and underwent a tracheotomy.NEWS,weblink Pope John Paul resting; breathing on own following tracheotomy, Catholic News Agency, 25 February 2005, 17 February 2013,

    Final illness and death

    On 31 March 2005, following a urinary tract infection,{{sfn|BBC 2005-04-01}} he developed septic shock, a form of infection with a high fever and low blood pressure, but was not hospitalised. Instead, he was monitored by a team of consultants at his private residence. This was taken as an indication by the pope, and those close to him, that he was nearing death; it would have been in accordance with his wishes to die in the Vatican.{{sfn|BBC 2005-04-01}} Later that day, Vatican sources announced that John Paul II had been given the Anointing of the Sick by his friend and secretary Stanisław Dziwisz. The day before his death, one of his closest personal friends, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka visited him at his bedside. During the final days of the pope's life, the lights were kept burning through the night where he lay in the Papal apartment on the top floor of the Apostolic Palace. Tens of thousands of people assembled and held vigil in St. Peter's Square and the surrounding streets for two days. Upon hearing of this, the dying pope was said to have stated: "I have searched for you, and now you have come to me, and I thank you."On Saturday, 2 April 2005, at approximately 15:30 CEST, John Paul II spoke his final words in Polish, "Pozwólcie mi odejść do domu Ojca" ("Allow me to depart to the house of the Father"), to his aides, and fell into a coma about four hours later. The Mass of the vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter commemorating the canonisation of Saint Maria Faustina on 30 April 2000, had just been celebrated at his bedside, presided over by Stanisław Dziwisz and two Polish associates. Present at the bedside was a cardinal from Ukraine, who served as a priest with John Paul in Poland, along with Polish nuns of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, who ran the papal household. Pope John Paul II died in his private apartment at 21:37 CEST (19:37 UTC) of heart failure from profound hypotension and complete circulatory collapse from septic shock, 46 days before his 85th birthday.{{sfn|Navarro-Valls 2 April 2005}} His death was verified when an electrocardiogram that ran for 20 minutes showed a flatline.NEWS, Vatican Releases Official Record of Pope John Paul II's Final Days, 19 September 2005, The New York Times,weblink 29 January 2018, He had no close family by the time of his death; his feelings are reflected in his words written in 2000 at the end of his Last Will and Testament.{{sfn|Stourton|2006|p=320}} Stanisław Dziwisz later said he had not burned the pontiff's personal notes despite the request being part of the will.NEWS, Pope aide 'has not burned papers', BBC News, 5 June 2005,weblink 12 August 2013, File:JPII on bier.jpg|thumb|left|upright=1.15|(l-r) George W. Bush, Laura Bush, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Andrew Card, US dignitaries paying respects to John Paul II on 6 April 2005 at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican CityVatican City


    The death of the pontiff set in motion rituals and traditions dating back to medieval times. The Rite of Visitation took place from 4 April 2005 to 7 April 2005 at St. Peter's Basilica. John Paul II's testament, published on 7 April 2005, revealed that the pontiff contemplated being buried in his native Poland but left the final decision to The College of Cardinals, which in passing, preferred burial beneath St. Peter's Basilica, honouring the pontiff's request to be placed "in bare earth".The Requiem Mass held on 8 April 2005 was said to have set world records both for attendance and number of heads of state present at a funeral. (See: List of Dignitaries.) It was the single largest gathering of heads of state in history, surpassing the funerals of Winston Churchill (1965) and Josip Broz Tito (1980). Four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime ministers, and more than 14 leaders of other religions attended alongside the faithful. It is likely to have been the largest single pilgrimage of Christianity ever with numbers estimated in excess of four million mourners gathering in and around Vatican City. Between 250,000 and 300,000 watched the event from within the Vatican's walls.The Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, conducted the ceremony. John Paul II was interred in the grottoes under the basilica, the Tomb of the Popes. He was lowered into a tomb created in the same alcove previously occupied by the remains of Pope John XXIII. The alcove had been empty since John XXIII's remains had been moved into the main body of the basilica after his beatification.

    Posthumous recognition


    Title "the Great"

    Upon the death of John Paul II, a number of clergy at the Vatican and laymen began referring to the late pontiff as "John Paul the Great" — in theory only the fourth pope to be so acclaimed. Cardinal Angelo Sodano specifically referred to John Paul as "the Great" in his published written homily for the pope's funeral Mass of Repose. The South African Catholic newspaper The Southern Cross has referred to him in print as "John Paul II the Great". Some Catholic educational institutions in the US have additionally changed their names to incorporate "the Great", including John Paul the Great Catholic University and schools called some variant of John Paul the Great High School.Scholars of canon law say that there is no official process for declaring a pope "Great"; the title simply establishes itself through popular and continued usage, as was the case with celebrated secular leaders (for example, Alexander III of Macedon became popularly known as Alexander the Great). The three popes who today commonly are known as "Great" are Leo I, who reigned from 440–461 and persuaded Attila the Hun to withdraw from Rome; Gregory I, 590–604, after whom the Gregorian Chant is named; and Pope Nicholas I, 858–867, who consolidated the Catholic Church in the Western world in the Middle Ages.John Paul's successor, Benedict XVI, has not used the term directly in public speeches, but has made oblique references to "the great Pope John Paul II" in his first address from the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica, at the 20th World Youth Day in Germany 2005 when he said in Polish: "As the great Pope John Paul II would say: Keep the flame of faith alive in your lives and your people";Susan Crimp, "The Last Wish of Pope John Paul II: The Life and Messages of Saint Faustina", p92 and in May 2006 during a visit to Poland where he repeatedly made references to "the great John Paul" and "my great predecessor".File:Vaticano sightseeing fc31.jpg|thumb|right|upright=1.15|The tomb of John Paul II in the Vatican Chapel of St. Sebastian within St. Peter's BasilicaSt. Peter's Basilica

    Institutions named after John Paul II


    File:Beatification of John Paul II (1).jpg|thumb|upright|left|1.5 million St. Peter's Square attendees witness the beatification of John Paul II on 1 May 2011 in Vatican CityVatican CityFile:JPII pomnik Poznan.jpg|thumb|upright|left|A monument to John Paul II in PoznaÅ„, PolandPolandInspired by calls of "Santo Subito!" ("[Make him a] Saint Immediately!") from the crowds gathered during the funeral Mass that he performed, Benedict XVI began the beatification process for his predecessor, bypassing the normal restriction that five years must pass after a person's death before beginning the beatification process. In an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, Camillo Ruini, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, who was responsible for promoting the cause for canonisation of any person who died within that diocese, cited "exceptional circumstances", which suggested that the waiting period could be waived. This decision was announced on 13 May 2005, the Feast of Our Lady of Fátima and the 24th anniversary of the assassination attempt on John Paul II at St. Peter's Square.In early 2006, it was reported that the Vatican was investigating a possible miracle associated with John Paul II. Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, a French nun and member of the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Maternity Wards, confined to her bed byParkinson's disease, was reported to have experienced a "complete and lasting cure after members of her community prayed for the intercession of Pope John Paul II". {{As of|2008|5}}, Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, then 46, was working again at a maternity hospital run by her religious institute."I was sick and now I am cured," she told reporter Gerry Shaw. "I am cured, but it is up to the church to say whether it was a miracle or not."On 28 May 2006, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass before an estimated 900,000 people in John Paul II's native Poland. During his homily, he encouraged prayers for the early canonisation of John Paul II and stated that he hoped canonisation would happen "in the near future".In January 2007, Cardinal StanisÅ‚aw Dziwisz announced that the interview phase of the beatification process, in Italy and Poland, was nearing completion. In February 2007, second class relics of Pope John Paul II—pieces of white papal cassocks he used to wear—were freely distributed with prayer cards for the cause, a typical pious practice after a saintly Catholic's death. On 8 March 2007, the Vicariate of Rome announced that the diocesan phase of John Paul's cause for beatification was at an end. Following a ceremony on 2 April 2007—the second anniversary of the Pontiff's death—the cause proceeded to the scrutiny of the committee of lay, clerical, and episcopal members of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to conduct a separate investigation. On the fourth anniversary of Pope John Paul's death, 2 April 2009, Cardinal Dziwisz, told reporters of a presumed miracle that had recently occurred at the former pope's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica. A nine-year-old Polish boy from GdaÅ„sk, who was suffering from kidney cancer and was completely unable to walk, had been visiting the tomb with his parents. On leaving St. Peter's Basilica, the boy told them, "I want to walk," and began walking normally. On 16 November 2009, a panel of reviewers at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints voted unanimously that Pope John Paul II had lived a life of heroic virtue. On 19 December 2009, Pope Benedict XVI signed the first of two decrees needed for beatification and proclaimed John Paul II "Venerable", asserting that he had lived a heroic, virtuous life. The second vote and the second signed decree certifying the authenticity of the first miracle, the curing of Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, a French nun, from Parkinson's disease. Once the second decree is signed, the positio (the report on the cause, with documentation about his life and writings and with information on the cause) is complete. He can then be beatified. Some speculated that he would be beatified sometime during (or soon after) the month of the 32nd anniversary of his 1978 election, in October 2010. As Monsignor Oder noted, this course would have been possible if the second decree were signed in time by Benedict XVI, stating that a posthumous miracle directly attributable to his intercession had occurred, completing the positio.File:John Paul II Monument Gdansk-Zaspa.jpg|thumb|upright|right|Candles around monument to Pope John Paul in ZaspaZaspaThe Vatican announced on 14 January 2011 that Pope Benedict XVI had confirmed the miracle involving Sister Marie Simon-Pierre and that John Paul II was to be beatified on 1 May, the Feast of Divine Mercy. 1 May is commemorated in former communist countries, such as Poland, and some Western European countries as May Day, and John Paul II was well known for his contributions to communism's relatively peaceful demise. In March 2011 the Polish mint issued a gold 1,000 Polish zÅ‚oty coin (equivalent to US$350), with the Pope's image to commemorate his beatification.On 29 April 2011, John Paul II's coffin was exhumed from the grotto beneath St. Peter's Basilica ahead of his beatification, as tens of thousands of people arrived in Rome for one of the biggest events since his funeral. John Paul II's remains (in a closed coffin) were placed in front of the Basilica's main altar, where believers could pay their respect before and after the beatification mass in St. Peter's Square on 1 May 2011. On 3 May 2011 his remains were reinterred in the marble altar in Pier Paolo Cristofari's Chapel of St. Sebastian, where Pope Innocent XI was buried. This more prominent location, next to the Chapel of the Pietà, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, and statues of Popes Pius XI and Pius XII, was intended to allow more pilgrims to view his memorial.In July 2012, a Colombian man, Marco Fidel Rojas, the former mayor of Huila, Colombia, testified that he was "miraculously cured" of Parkinson's disease after a trip to Rome where he met John Paul II and prayed with him. Dr. Antonio Schlesinger Piedrahita, a renowned neurologist in Colombia, has certified Fidel's healing. The documentation has been sent to the Vatican office for sainthood causes.NEWS,weblink Healing of Colombian man could pave way for John Paul II canonization, Catholic News Agency, 4 August 2012,


    (File:Canonization 2014- The Canonization of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II (14036819834).jpg|thumb|left|upright=1.15|The canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII)To be eligible for canonisation (being declared a saint) by the Catholic Church, two miracles must be attributed to a candidate.The first miracle attributed to John Paul was his healing a case of Parkinson's disease, which was recognised during the beatification process. According to an article on the Catholic News Service (CNS) dated 23 April 2013, a Vatican commission of doctors concluded that a healing had no natural (medical) explanation, which is the first requirement for a claimed miracle to be officially documented.The article by Cindy Wooden cited news reports from Italian news media agencies, and included remarks by the Pope's longtime aide, Kraków's Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, and Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, S.J.NEWS, Christopher, Livesay, John Paul set for sainthood after second miracle okayed, 2 July 2013,,weblink ANSA (Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata), 2 July 2013, The second miracle was deemed to have taken place shortly after the late pope's beatification on 1 May 2011; it was reported to be the healing of Costa Rican woman Floribeth Mora of an otherwise terminal brain aneurysm."Costa Rican Woman Describes John Paul Miracle Cure" {{Webarchive|url= |date=11 March 2016 }}, Fox News Latino, 6 July 2013 A Vatican panel of expert theologians examined the evidence, determined that it was directly attributable to the intercession of John Paul II, and recognised it as miraculous.NEWS, John Paul II's 2nd miracle approved—report, 2 July 2013,,weblink Agence France-Presse (AFP), 2 July 2013, The next stage was for Cardinals who compose the membership of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to give their opinion to Pope Francis to decides whether to sign and promulgate the decree and set a date for canonisation.NEWS,weblinkweblink yes, 23 April 2013, Italian media report progress in Blessed John Paul's sainthood cause, Catholic News Service, 23 April 2013, 12 June 2013, On 4 July 2013, Pope Francis confirmed his approval of John Paul II's canonisation, formally recognising the second miracle attributed to his intercession. He was canonised together with Pope John XXIII.NEWS,weblink Popes John Paul II, John XXIII to be made saints: Vatican, Reuters, 9 July 2013, 5 July 2013, The date of the canonisation was on 27 April 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday.NEWS, Elizabetta, Povoledo, Alan Cowell, Francis to Canonise John XXIII and John Paul II on Same Day, 30 September 2013, The New York Times,weblink 30 September 2013, NEWS, Adam, Easton, Date set for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII sainthood, 30 September 2013,weblink BBC News, 30 September 2013, The canonisation Mass for Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, was celebrated by Pope Francis (with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), on 27 April 2014 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican (Pope John Paul had died on vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005). About 150 cardinals and 700 bishops concelebrated the Mass, and at least 500,000 people attended the Mass, with an estimated 300,000 others watching from video screens placed around Rome.NEWS, Los Angeles Times,weblink Patrick J., McDonnell, Tom, Kington, 27 April 2014, Los Angeles, CA, Canonization of predecessors provides another boost for Pope Francis, An estimated 800,000 people descended on Rome for the dual canonisation, a Vatican spokesman said. That included the half a million around the Vatican and another 300,000 watching the event on giant TV screens set up throughout the city of Rome.,

    Criticism and controversy

    John Paul II was widely criticised for a variety of his views, including his opposition to the ordination of women and use of contraception, his support for the Second Vatican Council and its reform of the liturgy, and his response to child sexual abuse within the Church.

    Child sex abuse scandals

    John Paul II was criticised by representatives of the victims of clergy sexual abuseWEB,weblink Clergy sex abuse victims decry sainthood for Pope John Paul II, Southern California Public, Radio, 24 April 2014,, for failing to respond quickly enough to the Catholic sex abuse crisis. In his response, he stated that "there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young." The Church instituted reforms to prevent future abuse by requiring background checks for Church employees and, because a significant majority of victims were boys, disallowing ordination of men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies". They now require dioceses faced with an allegation to alert the authorities, conduct an investigation and remove the accused from duty.NEWS, Scandals in the church: The Bishops' Decisions; The Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, The New York Times, 15 June 2002,weblink 22 October 2014, In 2008, the Church asserted that the scandal was a very serious problem and estimated that it was "probably caused by 'no more than 1 per cent' " (or 5,000) of the over 500,000 Catholic priests worldwide.In April 2002, John Paul II, despite being frail from Parkinson's disease, summoned all the American cardinals to the Vatican to discuss possible solutions to the issue of sexual abuse in the American Church. He asked them to "diligently investigate accusations". John Paul II suggested that American bishops be more open and transparent in dealing with such scandals and emphasised the role of seminary training to prevent sexual deviance among future priests. In what The New York Times called "unusually direct language", John Paul condemned the arrogance of priests that led to the scandals:Priests and candidates for the priesthood often live at a level both materially and educationally superior to that of their families and the members of their own age group. It is therefore very easy for them to succumb to the temptation of thinking of themselves as better than others. When this happens, the ideal of priestly service and self-giving dedication can fade, leaving the priest dissatisfied and disheartened.NEWS, Melinda Henneberger,weblink Pope Takes on Scandals, Sun Sentinel, 21 April 2002, 9 November 2012, The pope read a statement intended for the American cardinals, calling the sex abuse "an appalling sin" and said the priesthood had no room for such men.In 2002, Archbishop Juliusz Paetz, the Catholic Archbishop of PoznaÅ„, was accused of molesting seminarians.NEWS,weblink Europe | Polish archbishop 'molested students', BBC News, 23 February 2002, 17 February 2013, Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation, and placed sanctions on him, prohibiting Paetz from exercising his ministry as bishop.NEWS,weblink Watykan: Nie zrehabilitowaliÅ›my Paetza, pl, Vatican: no rehabilitation for Paetz, Fakt, 19 June 2010, 9 November 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 9 February 2012, These restrictions were lifted in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.NEWS,weblink Ultimatum arcybiskupa GÄ…deckiego: Ja albo Paetz, pl, Archbishop GÄ…decki ultimatum: either I or Paetz,, 18 June 2010, 17 February 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 14 May 2013, WEB,weblink Whispers in the Loggia: Parting Gift … or Papal Gaffe?,, 18 June 2010, 17 February 2013, In 2003, John Paul II reiterated that "there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young." In April 2003, a three-day conference was held, titled "Abuse of Children and Young People by Catholic Priests and Religious", where eight non-Catholic psychiatric experts were invited to speak to near all Vatican dicasteries' representatives. The panel of experts overwhelmingly opposed implementation of policies of "zero-tolerance" such as was proposed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. One expert called such policies a "case of overkill" since they do not permit flexibility to allow for differences among individual cases.In 2004, John Paul II recalled Bernard Francis Law to be Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome. Law had previously resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 in response to the Catholic Church sexual abuse cases after Church documents were revealed that suggested he had covered up sexual abuse committed by priests in his archdiocese.NEWS,weblink Abuse in the Catholic Church / Cardinal Law and the laity, The Boston Globe, 2004, 0743-1791, 24 January 2012, Law resigned from this position in November 2011.John Paul II was a firm supporter of the Legion of Christ, and in 1998 discontinued investigations into sexual misconduct by its leader Marcial Maciel, who in 2005 resigned his leadership and was later requested by the Vatican to withdraw from his ministry. However, Macieel's trial began in 2004 during the pontificate of John Paul II, but the Pope died before it ended and the conclusions were known.WEB,weblink Co Jan PaweÅ‚ II wiedziaÅ‚ o ks. Macielu?, Piekara, Marek, 2014,,

    Opus Dei controversies

    John Paul II was criticised for his support of the Opus Dei prelature and the 2002 canonisation of its founder, Josemaría Escrivá, whom he called "the saint of ordinary life". Other movements and religious organisations of the Church went decidedly under his wing Legion of Christ, the Neocatechumenal Way, Schoenstatt, the charismatic movement, etc.) and he was accused repeatedly of taking a soft hand with them, especially in the case of Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ.WEB,weblink Text of the accusation letter directed to John Paul II, Spanish,, 17 February 2013, In 1984 John Paul II appointed Joaquín Navarro-Valls, a member of Opus Dei, as Director of the Vatican Press Office. An Opus Dei spokesman said that "the influence of Opus Dei in the Vatican has been exaggerated".NEWS,weblink BBC News, Decoding secret world of Opus Dei, 16 September 2005, 30 April 2010, Of the nearly 200 cardinals in the Catholic Church, only two are known to be members of Opus Dei.Associated Press, "Opus Dei backs new pope", CNN, 19 April 2005.

    Banco Ambrosiano scandal

    Pope John Paul was alleged to have links with Banco Ambrosiano, an Italian bank that collapsed in 1982. At the centre of the bank's failure was its chairman, Roberto Calvi, and his membership in the illegal Masonic Lodge Propaganda Due (aka P2). The Vatican Bank was Banco Ambrosiano's main shareholder, and the death of Pope John Paul I in 1978 is rumoured to be linked to the Ambrosiano scandal.Calvi, often referred to as "God's Banker", was also involved the Vatican Bank, Istituto per le Opere di Religione, in his dealings, and was close to Bishop Paul Marcinkus, the bank's chairman. Ambrosiano also provided funds for political parties in Italy, and for both the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua and its Sandinista opposition. It has been widely alleged that the Vatican Bank provided money for Solidarity in Poland.Calvi used his complex network of overseas banks and companies to move money out of Italy, to inflate share prices, and to arrange massive unsecured loans. In 1978, the Bank of Italy produced a report on Ambrosiano that predicted future disaster. On 5 June 1982, two weeks before the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, Calvi had written a letter of warning to Pope John Paul II, stating that such a forthcoming event would "provoke a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions in which the Church will suffer the gravest damage". On 18 June 1982 Calvi's body was found hanging from scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge in the financial district of London. Calvi's clothing was stuffed with bricks, and contained cash valued at US$14,000, in three different currencies.

    Problems with traditionalists

    In addition to all the criticism from those demanding modernisation, traditionalist Catholics sometimes denounced him as well. These issues included demanding a return to the Tridentine Mass and repudiation of the reforms instituted after the Second Vatican Council, such as the use of the vernacular language in the formerly Latin Roman Rite Mass, ecumenism, and the principle of religious liberty. He also was criticised for allowing and appointing liberal bishops in their sees and thus silently promoting Modernism, which was firmly condemned as the "synthesis of all heresies" by his predecessor Pope Pius X. In 1988, the controversial traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Society of St. Pius X (1970), was excommunicated under John Paul II because of the unapproved ordination of four bishops, which was called by the Holy See a "schismatic act".The World Day of Prayer for Peace, with a meeting in Assisi, Italy, in 1986, in which the pope prayed only with the Christians, was criticised for giving the impression that syncretism and indifferentism were openly embraced by the Papal Magisterium. When a second 'Day of Prayer for Peace in the World' was held, in 2002, it was condemned as confusing the laity and compromising to false religions. Likewise criticised was his kissing of the Qur'an in Damascus, Syria, on one of his travels on 6 May 2001. His call for religious freedom was not always supported; bishops like Antônio de Castro Mayer promoted religious tolerance, but at the same time rejected the Vatican II principle of religious liberty as being liberalist and already condemned by Pope Pius IX in his Syllabus errorum (1864) and at the First Vatican Council.WEB,weblink Jan Paweł II Live at Vatican 1999,, 28 August 2011, 17 February 2013,

    Religion and AIDS

    John Paul's position against artificial birth control, including the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV, was harshly criticised by doctors and AIDS activists, who said that it led to countless deaths and millions of AIDS orphans. Critics have also claimed that large families are caused by lack of contraception and exacerbate Third World poverty and problems such as street children in South America. The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development published a paper stating, "Any strategy that enables a person to move from a higher-risk towards the lower end of the continuum, [we] believe, is a valid risk reduction strategy."

    Social programmes

    There was strong criticism of the pope for the controversy surrounding the alleged use of charitable social programmes as a means of converting people in the Third World to Catholicism. The pope created an uproar in the Indian subcontinent when he suggested that a great harvest of faith would be witnessed on the subcontinent in the third Christian millennium.

    Ian Paisley

    In 1988, when Pope John Paul II was delivering a speech to the European Parliament, Ian Paisley, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, shouted "I denounce you as the Antichrist!"NEWS,weblink Ian Paisley dies: How Paisley made his point, Belfast, BBC Northern Ireland, 1988, 12 September 2014, NEWS, Ian Paisley and politics of peace,weblink 16 February 2012, Los Angeles Times, 24 March 2010, from 1:45 m into video and held up a red banner reading "Pope John Paul II ANTICHRIST". Otto von Habsburg (the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary), an MEP for Germany, snatched Paisley's banner, tore it up and, along with other MEPs, helped eject him from the chamber. The pope continued with his address after Paisley had been ejected.

    Međugorje apparitions

    A number of quotes about the apparitions of Međugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, have been attributed to John Paul II.WEB,weblink Quotes From Pope John Paul II On Međugorje,, 4 August 2012, In 1998, when a certain German gathered various statements that were supposedly made by the pope and Cardinal Ratzinger, and then forwarded them to the Vatican in the form of a memorandum, Ratzinger responded in writing on 22 July 1998: "The only thing I can say regarding statements on Međugorje ascribed to the Holy Father and myself is that they are complete invention."Ogledalo Pravde, p. 283

    Beatification controversy

    Some Catholic theologians disagreed with the call for the beatification of John Paul II. Eleven dissident theologians, including Jesuit professor José María Castillo and Italian theologian Giovanni Franzoni, said that his stance against contraception and the ordination of women as well as the Church scandals during his pontificate presented "facts which according to their consciences and convictions should be an obstacle to beatification".{{Citation needed|reason=Reliable source needed for the whole paragraph|date=October 2014}} Some traditionalist Catholics opposed his beatification and canonisation for his views on liturgy and participation in prayer with non-Christians.NEWS, A Statement of Reservations Concerning the Impending Beatification of Pope John Paul II, 21 March 2011, Michael J. Matt, The Remnant (newspaper), The Remnant, 2 May 2011,weblink

    Stolen relic

    On 27 January 2014, it was reported that a relic of John Paul II, a vial containing drops of his blood, had been stolen from the church of San Pietro della Ienca north of L'Aquila in the mountainous Abruzzo region of central Italy, a region where he had loved to go on skiing vacations. Cardinal Dziwisz had previously given the vial to the church in recognition of its connections to the Pontiff. Because there are only three relics containing his blood, few or no other items were disturbed, and it would be difficult to sell, the investigating Italian police believe it was a commissioned theft, and speculated that the blood might be used in Satanic rites. The theft sparked a major search for the culprits.NEWS, Lavanga, Claudio,weblink Vial of Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from Italian church – World News, NBC News, 27 January 2014, 28 April 2014, Two men confessed to the crime, and an iron reliquary and a stolen cross, but not the relic, were recovered from the grounds of a drug rehabilitation facility in L'Aquila on 30 January; the blood was recovered shortly after from rubbish bins near where the reliquary had been found.NEWS,weblinkweblink yes, 5 February 2014, CNS STORY: Italian police recover stolen relic of Blessed John Paul II, Catholic News Service, 13 May 1981, 28 April 2014,

    Personal life

    File:Prof.Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka.JPG|thumb|right|upright=0.65|Anna-Teresa TymienieckaAnna-Teresa Tymieniecka{{external media| float = right| video1 = Presentation by Carl Bernstein on His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time, September 24, 1996, C-SPAN}}Karol Wojtyła was a Cracovia football team supporter (club retired number 1 in his honour).NEWS, Cracovia is about the people - John Paul II,weblink 4 April 2019,, 9 September 2010, Having played the game himself as a goalkeeper, John Paul II was a fan of English football team Liverpool, where his compatriot Jerzy Dudek played in the same position.NEWS, Pope supports Liverpool,weblink 16 March 2016, BBC Sport, 27 November 2003, In 1973, while still the archbishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyła befriended a Polish-born, later American philosopher, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. The thirty-two-year friendship (and occasional academic collaboration) lasted until his death. She served as his host when he visited New England in 1976 and photos show them together on skiing and camping trips. Letters that he wrote to her were part of a collection of documents sold by Tymieniecka's estate in 2008 to the National Library of Poland. According to the BBC the library had initially kept the letters from public view, partly because of John Paul's path to sainthood, but a library official announced in February 2016 the letters would be made public.NEWS, Berendt, Joanna, Chan, Sewell, Letters From Pope John Paul II Show Deep Friendship With Woman,weblink The New York Times, 16 February 2016, 2016-02-15, In February 2016 the BBC documentary program Panorama reported that John Paul II had apparently had a 'close relationship' with the Polish-born philosopher.Panorama report: The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II by Ed Stourton, 15 February 2016 The pair exchanged personal letters over 30 years, and Stourton believes that Tymieniecka had confessed her love for Wojtyła.The secret letters of Pope John Paul II by Ed Stourton, BBC NEWSPope John Paul II letters reveal 32-year relationship with woman by Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Rome, 15 February 2016 The Vatican described the documentary as "more smoke than mirrors", and Tymieniecka denied being involved with John Paul II.Vatican dismisses JPII 'letter love-affair' probe: 14 February 2016, The VaticanPope John Paul II 'conducted secret romance with married woman' says new documentary by John Kelly, NewsWriters Carl Bernstein, the veteran investigative journalist of the Watergate scandal, and Vatican expert Marco Politi, were the first journalists to talk to Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka in the 1990s about her importance in John Paul's life. They interviewed her and dedicated 20 pages to her in their 1996 book His Holiness.Did Pope John Paul II Have a Secret Lover? by Barbi Latzu Nadeau, 15 February 2016His Holiness: John Paul II & the History of Our Time—Carl Bernstein, Marco Politi (1996) Bernstein and Politi even asked her if she had ever developed any romantic relationship with John Paul II, "however one-sided it might have been." She responded, "No, I never fell in love with the cardinal. How could I fall in love with a middle-aged clergyman? Besides, I'm a married woman."

    See also







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    • WEB,weblink Cause for Beatification and Canonization of The Servant of God: John Paul II, Vicariato di Roma, 1 January 2009, Vicariato70, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 30 December 2009,
    • NEWS,weblink 'Cured' Pope Returns to Vatican, 10 February 2005, BBC News, 22 October 2014, BBC71,
    • WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 6 April 2004, Pope John Paul II and Communism, Domínguez, Juan, 4 April 2005,, 1 January 2009, harv,
    • WEB,weblink 13 May 1981 Conference of Bishop StanisÅ‚aw Dziwisz For Honorary Doctorate, 13 May 2001, Dziwisz, Bishop StanisÅ‚aw,, 1 January 2009, harv, StanisÅ‚aw Dziwisz,
    • NEWS,weblink Frail Pope Suffers Heart Failure, 1 April 2005, BBC News, 22 October 2014, {{sfnRef, BBC 2005-04-01, }}
    • NEWS,weblink Half Alive: The Pope Vs. His Doctors, 1 January 2009, 25 January 1982, Time magazine, {{sfnRef, Time Magazine 1982-01-25, }} {{Subscription required}}
    • NEWS,weblink Pope Back at Vatican by Easter? It's Possible, 1 January 2009, 3 March 2005, Associated Press, NBC News,
    • NEWS,weblink Pope John Paul II, Editorial, Voice Of America, 5 April 2005, 2 February 2014,
    • NEWS,weblink Pope Returns to Vatican after op, 22 October 2014, 13 March 2005, BBC News,
    • NEWS,weblink Papal Fallibility, Sean Gannon, 7 April 2006, Haaretz, 22 October 2014,
    • NEWS,weblink Stasi Files Implicate KGB in Pope Shooting, Deutsche Welle, 22 October 2014,
    • NEWS, Pope John Paul II's Final Days,weblink St Anthony Messenger Press,, 1 January 2009,
    • NEWS,weblink Kracow Lights a Candle for its Favourite Son's Last Fight, Tchorek, Kamil, Roger Boyes, 2 April 2005, The Times, 1 January 2009, London, {{Subscription required}}
    • NEWS, Alessio, Vinci, Vatican source: Pope Given Last Rites,weblink CNN, 1 January 2009, 1 April 2005,
    • NEWS, Alessio Vinci, Chris Burns, Jim Bittermann, Miguel Marquez, Walter Rodgers, Christiane Amanpour, John Allen, World Awaits Word on Pope's Condition,weblink CNN, 22 October 2014, 2 April 2005,


    {{See also|Pope John Paul II bibliography}}
    • BOOK, Berry, Jason, Jason Berry, Gerald Renner, Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II, Free Press, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, 2004, 978-0-7432-4441-1,
    • BOOK, Davies, Norman, Norman Davies, Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw, Viking Penguin, London, 2004, 978-0-670-03284-6, harv,
    • BOOK, de Montfort, St. Louis-Marie Grignion, Mark L. Jacobson (Translator), True Devotion to Mary, Avetine Press, San Diego, California, 27 March 2007, 978-1-59330-470-6, de Montfort73, Louis de Montfort,
    • BOOK, Duffy, Eamon, Eamon Duffy, Saints and Sinners, a History of the Popes, Yale University Press, 2006, Third, 978-0-300-11597-0, Yale06,
    • BOOK, Hebblethwaite, Peter, Peter Hebblethwaite, Pope John Paul II and the Church, 1995 Rowman & Littlefield, London, 978-1-55612-814-1, 1995, harv,
    • BOOK, Mannion, Gerard,weblink The Vision of John Paul II: Assessing His Thought and Influence, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Mn., 978-0-8146-5309-8, 2008,
    • BOOK, Maxwell-Stuart, P.G., Chronicle of the Popes: Trying to Come Full Circle, Thames & Hudson, London, 2006, 1997, 978-0-500-28608-1, harv,
    • WEB,weblink John Paul II Election Surprises, Menachery, Prof. George, 11 November 1978,
    • WEB,weblink Last days of Pope John Paul II, Menachery, Prof. George, 11 April 2005, {{dead link|date=February 2019|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}
    • BOOK, Meissen, Randall, Living Miracles: The Spiritual Sons of John Paul the Great, Mission Network, Alpharetta, Ga., 2011, 978-1-933271-27-9,
    • BOOK, Noonan, Peggy, Peggy Noonan, John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father, Penguin Group (USA), New York, November 2005, 978-0-670-03748-3,weblink 1 January 2009,
    • BOOK,weblink Il Santo Padre è deceduto questa sera alle ore 21.37 nel Suo appartamento privato, Navarro-Valls, Joaquin, 2 April 2005, The Holy See, Italian, {{sfnRef, Navarro-Valls 2 April 2005, |trans-title=The Holy Father passed away at 9:37 this evening in his private apartment.}}
    • BOOK, O'Connor, Garry, Universal Father: A Life of Pope John Paul II, 2005 Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 978-0-7475-8241-0,weblink 1 January 2009, 2006,
    • BOOK, Pope John Paul II, Memory and Identity—Personal Reflections, 2006 Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 978-0-297-85075-5, 2005, harv, Memory and Identity,
    • BOOK, Renehan, Edward, Edward Renehan, Schlesinger, Arthur Meier (INT), Pope John Paul II,weblink 25 February 2010, November 2006, Chelsea House, 978-0-7910-9227-9, Renehan69,
    • BOOK, Pope, John Paul II, Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way, 2004 Warner Books, 978-0-446-57781-6, 2004,
    • BOOK, Stanley, George E, Pope John Paul II: Young Man of the Church,weblink 25 February 2010, January 2007, Fitzgerald Books, 978-1-4242-1732-8, Stanley69,
    • BOOK, Stourton, Edward, Edward Stourton (journalist), John Paul II: Man of History, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 978-0-340-90816-7, harv, 2006,
    • BOOK, Szulc, Tadeusz, Tad Szulc, Pope John Paul II: The Biography, 2007 Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, London, 978-1-4165-8886-3,
    • BOOK, The Poynter Institute, Poynter Institute, Pope John Paul II: 18 May 1920 - 2 April 2005,weblink 25 February 2010, First, 1 May 2005, Andrews McMeel Publishing, St. Petersburg, Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, 978-0-7407-5110-3, Poynter69,
    • BOOK, Weigel, George, George Weigel, Witness to Hope, HarperCollins, New York, 2001, 978-0-06-018793-4, harv,
    • BOOK, WojtyÅ‚a, Karol, 1981, Love and Responsibility, William Collins (publisher), William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London, 978-0-89870-445-7,weblink 1 January 2009, harv, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 11 February 2009,
    • BOOK, Yallop, David, The Power and the Glory, Constable & Robinson Ltd, London, 978-1-84529-673-5,weblink 1 January 2009, 2007,

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