Pope John Paul II Last Will
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- Beloved by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first ever from a Slavic country.
- Born Karol Jozef Wojtyla, John Paul II was pope during a period in which the Catholic Church's influence declined in developed countries, but expanded in the Third World.
- During his tenure, the pope traveled extensively, visiting over 100 countries, more than any of his predecessors. He remains one of the most-traveled world leaders in history.
- Besides his native Polish, he was also fluent in Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Croatian, Portuguese, Russian, and Latin.
- He passed away on April 2, 2005, and was buried in a crypt beneath St Peter's Basilica in Rome. On May 9, 2005, his successor Pope Benedict XVI began the beatification process for his predecessor.
Last Updated: 23-December-2021