Inspirational Pope John Paul II Facts That’ll Amaze You

Pope John Paul II was one of the most beloved Popes in recent memory. Tragically, his passing has left the world with only their memory to rely upon. Thankfully, we’re here for you. Here are 10 Pope John Paul II facts you never knew:

Inspirational Facts about Pope John Paul II

1 Two million people were present in the Vatican City for Pope John Paul II’s funeral, one of the largest recorded funerals in history.

2 In 2003, the Vatican confirmed that he’d been suffering from Parkinson’s disease since the early 1990s. He died two years later due to complications from flu.

3 A staunch opponent of communism, many believe his rise to the papacy spelt the beginning of the Soviet Union’s demise.

4 His birthplace Wadowice is only a few miles away from the infamously deadly Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp.

5 He was 58-years-old when elected Pope, making him the youngest elected Pope in 132 years at the time.

6 He was the only surviving member of his family by 1941; he was only 21-years-old.

7 His birth name was Karol Jozef Wojtyla.

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8 He was first ordained a priest in 1946.

9 At the time of his election, he was the first non-Italian Pope since the 16th century.

10 Pope John Paul II was the most well traveled Pope of all time; his first ever visit was to Assisi.

11 A Turkish man attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, firing at least four bullets at him. Doctors worked on him for five and a half hours, though he would emerge just fine. John Paul II famously visited his assailant later while he was in prison, and the two prayed together.

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