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Pope John Paul II was elected Pope on October 16, 1978, after the death of Pope John Paul I who was only 32 days in office. He was officially installed as the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on October 22, 1978 (when he was 58). He had been the only non-Italian Pope after Dutch Pope Adrian VI in the 1520s and historically the only Polish Pope. He was born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920 as Karol Jozef Wojtyla. His father was Karol Wojtyla who died in 1941. His mother was Emilia Kaczorowska, died when he was nearly 9 years old. He had an older sister who

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One of the great popes of all times, a polish pope known as John Paul II whose real name is “Karol Józef Wojtyła”, was born on May 18, 1920 in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow. This great pope of modern times was the youngest of the three children. He’s the son of Karol Wojtyła, a non-commissioned army, and Emilia Kaczorowska. His eldest brother, Edmund, a doctor and his second elder sister named Olga had died before he was born. In fact, his baptism was on June 20, 1920 in the parish church of Wadowice which was baptized by Fr. Franciszek Zak and made

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