Pope John Paul II
264th pope and saint of the Catholic Church
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Pope Saint John Paul II was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was elected pope by the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him. John Paul II is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Eastern Europe, including Central and Southeast Europe.
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February 28, 1999: Roberto Benigni meets Pope John PaulThe Italian actor-director told Bob Simon he was so excited to meet the pope, he called him "Dad" and kissed him
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