22 Facts About John Paul II

1. John Paul II was criticised for his support of the Opus Dei prelature and the 2002 canonisation of its founder, Josemaria Escriva, whom he called "the saint of ordinary life".

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2. Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation, and placed sanctions on him, prohibiting Paetz from exercising his ministry as bishop.

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3. John Paul II's remains were placed in front of the Basilica's main altar, where believers could pay their respect before and after the beatification mass in St Peter's Square on 1 May 2011.

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4. John Paul II was interred in the grottoes under the basilica, the Tomb of the Popes.

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5. Pope John Paul II died in his private apartment at 21:37 CEST of heart failure from profound hypotension and complete circulatory collapse from septic shock, 46 days before his 85th birthday.

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6. Pope John Paul II was hospitalised with breathing problems caused by a bout of influenza on 1 February 2005.

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7. Two days after Christmas in 1983, John Paul II visited Agca in prison.

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8. John Paul II was rushed into the Vatican complex and then to the Gemelli Hospital.

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9. In January 2005, John Paul II became the first pope known to receive a priestly blessing from a rabbi, when Rabbis Benjamin Blech, Barry Dov Schwartz, and Jack Bemporad visited the Pontiff at Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace.

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10. In 1995, Pope John Paul II held a meeting with 21 Jains, a sect that broke away from mainstream Hinduism in 600 BC, organised by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

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11. For many years, John Paul II sought to facilitate dialogue and unity stating as early as 1988 in Euntes in mundum, "Europe has two lungs, it will never breathe easily until it uses both of them.

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12. In September 2001, John Paul II went on a three-day pilgrimage to Armenia to take part in an ecumenical celebration with Karekin II in the newly consecrated St Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan.

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13. In 1980, John Paul II issued a Pastoral Provision allowing married former Episcopal priests to become Catholic priests, and for the acceptance of former Episcopal Church parishes into the Catholic Church.

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14. In December 1989, John Paul II met with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican and each expressed his respect and admiration for the other.

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15. John Paul II completed a full-scale reform of the Catholic Church's legal system, Latin and Eastern, and a reform of the Roman Curia.

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16. John Paul II was the first world leader to describe as genocide the massacre by Hutus of Tutsis in the mostly Catholic country of Rwanda, which started in 1990 and reached its height in 1994.

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17. Pope John Paul II was an outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa.

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18. Pope John Paul II continued to declare that contraception, abortion, and homosexual acts were gravely sinful, and, with Joseph Ratzinger, opposed liberation theology.

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19. John Paul II wrote extensively about workers and the social doctrine of the Church, which he discussed in three encyclicals: Laborem exercens, Sollicitudo rei socialis, and Centesimus annus.

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20. In June 1979, Pope John Paul II travelled to Poland, where ecstatic crowds constantly surrounded him.

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21. John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX, who served for nearly 32 years from 1846 to 1878.

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22. Pope John Paul II served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005.

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