P O P A R T W O R K S . C O M
John Paul II
John Paul II (1920-2005) served as pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 1978 until his death almost 27 years later.
Born Karol WojtyBa in the Polish town of Wadowice, he served as archbishop of Krakow before becoming the first non-Italian pope in 455 years
and the first pope of Slavic origin.
He was one of the longest-serving popes and one of the most-travelled world leaders in history.
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