- NAME: John Paul II
- OCCUPATION: Pope
- BIRTH DATE: May 18, 1920
- DEATH DATE: April 02, 2005
- Did You Know?: Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years.
- EDUCATION: Jagiellonian University, Krakow seminary
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wadowice, Poland
- PLACE OF DEATH: Vatican City, Italy
- Originally: Karol Józef Wojtyla
- AKA: Pope John Paul II
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Pope John Paul II made history in 1978 by becoming the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years.
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At public appearances, he moved slowly and seemed unsteady on his feet. He also visibly trembled at times. One of his doctors also disclosed that John Paul had Parkinson's disease, a brain disorder often characterized by shaking, in 2001. But there was never any official announcement about his illness from the Vatican.
John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, at the age of 84,
at his Vatican City residence. More than 3 million people waited in line to say good-bye to their beloved religious leader at St. Peter's Basilica before his funeral on April 8.
On July 5, 2013, waving the usual five-year waiting period, the Vatican announced that the Roman Catholic Church would declare Pope John Paul II a saint, and that the canonization ceremony would likely take place within the next 16 months. The Vatican also stated that Pope John XXIII, who headed the Catholic Church from 1958 until his death in 1963 and convened the Vatican II council, would also be declared a saint.
On September 30, 2013, Pope Francis anounced that the canonisations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII would occur on April 27, 2014. The announcement of Pope John Paul II's canonisation came after the Vatican revealed that two miracles were attributed to the late pope. After a dying French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand, prayed to Pope John Paul II for during her battle with Parkinson's disease—the same illness that killed the pope—she was cured. The second miracle involved a 50-year-old woman, who claimed that she was cured of a brain aneurysm after a photograph of Pope John Paul II spoke to her.
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