• Born date: 1920-05-18
  • Born in: Poland
  • Death date: 2005-04-02
  • Death in: Vatican City
Pope John Paul II

Pope Saint John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła (Polish: [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛf vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his death in 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history and, as a Pole, the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who died in 1523.Pope John Paul II is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.