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John Paul II Karol Wojtyla

John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla (1920-2005) - Pope from 1978 to 2005. He studied Polish philology, later preparing for work in the church and was ordained in 1946. In 1946-48 he studied at the Papal University in Rome. He was a lecturer at the Theological Department of the Jagiellonian University and from 1956 a professor and head of department of the Ethics Faculty at the Catholic University in Lublin. In 1958 he became a bishop, five years later the archbishop of Cracow and in 1967 a cardinal. The pontificate of John Paul II was characterised by an openness to dialogue with the world and active spiritual work. He was the first in the history of the Church to hold prayer meetings with all religions. He opened up dialogue with the Jews. He was on more than 200 foreign trips, several times to Poland. Reform of canonical law, developing a new ‘Catechism for the Roman Catholic Church’ (1992), reorganisation of the Roman Catholic curia, countless encyclicals, canonisations and beautifications - these are the important achievements of the Catholic Church under the leadership of the Polish Pope. The important message of the pontificate of John Paul II were: respect for human rights and the right to work, struggle for peace, opposition to totalitarianism, and also new evangelism.

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