1. Pope John Paul II's served as his host when he visited New England in 1976 and photos show them together on skiing and camping trips.
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2. Pope John Paul II was criticised for allowing and appointing liberal bishops in their sees and thus silently promoting Modernism, which was firmly condemned as the "synthesis of all heresies" by his predecessor Pope Pius X In 1988, the controversial traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Society of St Pius X, was excommunicated under John Paul II because of the unapproved ordination of four bishops, which was called by the Holy See a "schismatic act".
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7. Pope John Paul II achieved far more in terms of transforming relations with both the Jewish people and the State of Israel than any other figure in the history of the Catholic Church.
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9. Pope John Paul II praised Mohandas Gandhi for his "unshakeable faith in God", assured the Jains that the Catholic Church will continue to engage in dialogue with their religion and spoke of the common need to aid the poor.
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13. The Pope John Paul II spoke to leaders of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organisations, pleading for "open, tolerant and honest dialogue".
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16. Pope John Paul II told Rwandan and Burundian refugees that he "was close to them and shared their immense pain".
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18. Pope John Paul II specifically named the Kurds, a people who were fighting a civil war against Saddam Hussein's troops in Iraq, as one such people, and referred to the war as a "darkness menacing the earth".
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19. Pope John Paul II was an outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa.
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28. In June 1979, Pope John Paul II travelled to Poland, where ecstatic crowds constantly surrounded him.
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29. Pope John Paul II was the first Catholic pope to visit and pray in an Islamic mosque, in Damascus, Syria, in 2001.
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30. Pope John Paul II travelled to Haiti in 1983, where he spoke in Creole to thousands of impoverished Catholics gathered to greet him at the airport.
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32. Pope John Paul II consistently attracted large crowds, some among the largest ever assembled in human history, such as the Manila World Youth Day, which gathered up to four million people, the largest Papal gathering ever, according to the Vatican.
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35. Pope John Paul II was then summoned to Warsaw to meet the Primate of Poland, Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski, who informed him of his appointment.
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43. Pope John Paul II served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005.
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