JOHN PAUL II (pope 1978- 2005)
was the first Polish prelate elected to the papacy, and he was the first non Italian pope in more than 450 years. He was born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, to working-class parents in Wadowice. His mother died when he was 9; his father was killed in World War II. He was raised by realitives in Krakow', where he later went to university, fleeing underground to an illegal seminary after the Nazis shut down his school. He assisted in the flight of Polish Jews from Nazi terror. My fascination and admiration came from his impressive abilities in Latin translation, as linguistics are a specialty of mine. An all 'round decent bloke, and my hero. Might seem daft to you, but it's a funny ol' world.
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An interesting fact. His predecessor, Pope John Paul I (1912-1978, born Albino Luciani in northeastern Italy.), died after only 30 days on the papal throne. Isn't that odd? You have to suspect foul play, my dears. They call his big hat a mitre. It takes a decent bloke to look good in a robe (but, another little known fact is that Pope John Paul II is the first pope to actually wear trousers under his vestments).
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