Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was the 264th Roman
Catholic Pope. He was the first Polish
Pope in history, and the first non-Italian
Pope in over 400 years.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Karol Jozef Wojtyla
Date, time and place of birth: May 18, 1920,
at 5:30 p.m., at 7 Koscielna (Church) Street, Wadowice, Poland *
Date, time, place and cause of death: April 2, 2005,
at 9:37 p.m., Vatican Apostolic Palace,
Vatican City, Rome, Italy (Heart failure / Septic shock)
Error correction or clarification
* An early biography gave the incorrect
date of birth of May 17th for Pope John Paul II.
The Man Who Leads the Church: An Assessment
of Pope John Paul II by Peter Hebblethwaite
(1980), erroneously reports "His good brain
was fostered by hard schooling -- at Wadowice
in southern Poland, where he was born 17 May 1920
and brought up." Thankfully, very few sources
have ever repeated that error.
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