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    Biog. | Pope John Paul II


      The key dates from a remarkable and selfless life.
      From Wadowice via the Vatican to the Eternal

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    1920:
      Born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland on May 18


    1937:
      Moves to Krakow with his father, also named Karol. Enrolls in the department of philosophy at Jagiellonian University; joins a theater group


    1939:
      When the Nazis invade Poland in September 1939, moves underground


    1946:
      Ordained as a priest on Nov. 1


    1958:
      Consecrated as auxiliary bishop of Krakow on Sept. 28


    1964:
      Installed as archbishop of Krakow on March 8


    1967:
      Consecrated as a cardinal by Pope Paul VI on June 28


    1972:
      Publishes Foundations of Renewal, about his efforts to educate the people of his archdiocese on Vatican II


    1978:
      Elected successor to Pope John Paul I on Oct. 16, becoming the 264th pope of the Catholic Church, the first Polish pope ever and the first non-Italian to fill the post in 455 years


    1979:
      Takes first trip abroad on Jan. 25, to Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Bahamas. On June 2, visits Poland for the first time as pope, setting off sparks that help establish Solidarity, the first independent labor movement in the Soviet bloc


    1981:
      While circling St. Peter's Square on May 13, the pope is shot in the abdomen by a young Turk named Mehmet Ali Agca. An additional shot is also thought to come from another source, though to this day this person has not been caught. Thought to be a Soviet inspired assassionation attempt


    1982:
      Meets privately with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat at Vatican on Sept. 29, provoking criticism from Israel and Jewish groups


    1983:
      Calls for the heads of government of the United States and the Soviet Union to negotiate an end to the arms race on Sept. 29


    1986:
      Makes historic visit to Rome's main synagogue, the oldest Jewish group in the Diaspora, on April 13


    1987:
      Official visit of U.S. President Ronald Reagan on June 6


    1989:
      Official visit of U.S. President George H.W. Bush on May 27. Receives Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican on Dec. 1 in the first ever meeting between a pope and a Kremlin chief


    1991:
      Issues first encyclical on social issues on May 1 since the fall of communism in Europe, giving qualified approval to capitalism but warning rich against taking advantage of poor


    1992:
      Undergoes surgery for benign tumor on colon on July 15. Leaves hospital on July 28


    1993:
      Visits former Soviet Union for first time from Sept. 4-10, traveling to Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. Agreement signed establishing formal diplomatic ties between Israel and Vatican on Dec. 30


    1994:
      Publishes his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, on Oct. 20


    1995:
      Issues encyclical "Gospel of Life," on March 25, and condemns spreading "culture of death," including abortion, euthanasia, experimentation on human embryos


    1996:
      Undergoes appendectomy on Oct. 8. Returns to Vatican Oct. 15. Meets with Cuban President Fidel Castro on Nov. 19


    1997:
      Vatican establishes diplomatic relations with Libya on March 10, overriding U.S. objections


    1998:
      Visits Cuba for the first time from Jan. 21-26. On Oct. 18, celebrates 20th anniversary as pope, asking for prayers to fulfill his mission "until the end"


    1999:
      Meets U.S. President Bill Clinton in St. Louis, Mo. on Jan. 26. Gives permission to start the cause of beatification for Mother Teresa of Calcutta on March 1. Ushers in Vatican millennium Jubilee year by opening Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 24


    2000:
      Makes first pilgrimage to the Holy Land from March 20-26. In note left at Jerusalem's Western Wall, expresses sorrow for suffering of Jews at the hands of Christians. Also celebrates first papal Mass ever held in Egypt, urging reconciliation between the Vatican and the Egyptian Coptic Church, which split with Rome in the fifth century A.D.

      Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate John Paul II in 1981, is granted clemency by Italian President Carlo Ciampi, and extradited to his native Turkey on June 13

      Beatifies much-attacked Pope Pius IX and much-loved Pope John XXIII in one of the most disputed acts of his papacy on Sept. 3


    2001:
      Becomes first pope to visit Greece since Schism on May 4; issues sweeping apology for "sins of action and omission" by Roman Catholics against Orthodox Christians


    2002:
      Summons U.S. cardinals to discuss sex abuse scandal on April 23; tells them there is "no place in priesthood for those who would harm the young". Receives U.S. President George W. Bush on May 28


    2003:
      Between Feb.-March, and weeks before U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq, makes a dramatic appeal for world prayer to avert war and sends top cardinals on peace missions to Washington, D.C., and Baghdad. On May 17, cardinal, in newspaper interview, confirms pope has Parkinson's disease. Between June 5-9, makes 100th foreign trip, visiting Croatia. Vatican launches global campaign against gay marriages on July 31


    2004:
      U.S. President George W. Bush awards pontiff the Medal of Freedom on June 4. On Aug. 15, breathes heavily and gasps during open-air Mass at Lourdes, France


    2005:
      Rushed to a hospital in Rome with flu and difficulties breathing on Feb. 1

      Leaves hospital on Feb. 10, returns to the Vatican

      Returns to hospital after a relapse of the flu on Feb. 24; undergoes a tracheotomy to ease his breathing

      Leaves hospital on March 13, returns to the Vatican

      The pope is connected to a nasal feeding tube on March 30

      Pope John Paul II dies at 84 on April 2

      On April 8 and after the greatest funeral the world had seen, Pope John Paul II is laid to rest in a crypt in St. Peter's, Vatican



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