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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II 16 October
1978: Polish bishop is new Pope

Cardinals at the Vatican choose the first non-Italian Pope for more than 400 years.


The injured Pope helped by aides in St Peter's Square 13 May
1981: Thousands see Pope shot in Rome
Crowds in St Peter's Square in Rome are stunned by the close-range shooting of the Pope.

Pope John Paul II - 1997 12 April
1997: Bosnian bomb plot fails to stop Pope
Police in Sarajevo discover mines under a bridge just hours before the arrival of the Pope.

Pope John Paul II 26 March
2000: Pope prays for Holocaust forgiveness
Pope John Paul II, visiting Jerusalem, has prayed for forgiveness for those involved in the Holocaust.

Pope John Paul II
02 Jun 1979: Millions cheer as the Pope comes home

29 Sep 1979: Pope calls for peace in Ireland

06 Oct 1979: President Carter praises Pope's courage

17 Oct 1980: Pope welcomes Queen to the Vatican

29 May 1982: Pope makes historic visit to Canterbury

23 Jun 1983: Pope meets banned union leader Walesa

03 Feb 1986: Pope and Mother Teresa feed the sick

02 Oct 1989: Anglican anger over united church

25 Jan 1998: Pope calls for reform in Cuba

07 May 2001: Thousands greet Pope in Syrian visit

02 Apr 2005: Pope John Paul II dies
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