Pope John Paul II died on this day in 2005, at the age of 84.
Why was Pope John Paul II such a surprising choice?
When Polish-born Karol Wojtyla was was elected on October 16, 1978, John Paul II became the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years.
What were some of Pope John Paul II's accomplishments?
Pope John Paul II was known for his efforts to promote interfaith dialogue, social justice, and peace. He also played a key role in the fall of communism in Europe, particularly in his native Poland.
Why was John Paul II controversial?
How long was Pope John Paul II's papacy?
Pope John Paul II's papacy lasted for 26 years, from 1978 until his death in 2005, making him one of the longest-serving popes in history.