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1979
Francis Coll
Hedwig of Poland
Henry de Osso y Cervello
Jacques Laval
Margaret Ebner

1980
Bartholomew Longo
Francis de Montmorency Laval
John Saziari
Jose de Anchieta
Kateri Tekakwitha
Luigi Orione
Maria Anna Sala
Marie Guyart of the Incarnation
Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur

1981
Alan de Solminihac
Anthony Gonzales
Claudine Thevenet
Domingo Ibanez de Erquicia
Francisco Shoyemon
Guillermo Courtet
Hyacinth Jordan Ansalone
Jacobo Kyushei Gorobioye Tomonaga
Lazaro of Kyoto
Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila
Luigi Scrosoppi
Luke Alonso Gorda
Magdalena de Nagasaki
Maria Repetto
Marina de Omura
Mateo Kohioe a Rosario
Miguel de Aozaraza
Miguel Kurobioye
Richard Pampuri
Thomas Hioji Rokuzayemon Nishi
Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz

1982
Andre Bessette
Angela of the Cross
Baldji Oghlou Ohannes
David Oghlou David
Dimbalac Oghlou Wartavar
Fra Angelico
Geremia Oghlou Boghos
Jeanne Jugan
Khodianin Oghlou Kadir
Kouradji Oghlou Tzeroum
Maria Angela Astorch
Marie Rivier
Marie Rose Durocher
Martyrs of Armenia
Peter Donders
Salvatore Lilli
Toros Oghlou David

1983
Albert Chmielowski
Callistus Caravario
Domingo Iturrate Zubero
Giacomo Cusmano
Jeremiah of Valachia
Luigi Versiglia
Maria Gabriella Sagheddu
Mary of Jesus Crucified
Raphael Kalinowski
Ursula Ledochowska

1984
Andre Fardeau
Anne Hmard
Anne Maugrain
Anne-Francoise de Villeneuve
Antoine Fournier
Carola Lucas
Carole Davy
Catherine Cottenceau
Catherine du Verdier de la Soriniere
Clemente Marchisio
Daniel Brottier
Elizabeth of the Trinity
Felcite Pricet
Francoise Peltier
Francoise-Louis Chartier
Francoise Bellanger
Francoise Bonneau
Francoise Michau
Francoise Micheneau Gillot
Francoise Pagis Roulleau
Francoise Suhard Menard
Frederick Albert
Gabrielle Androuin
Giovanni Mazzucconi
Guillaume Repin
Isidore of Saint Joseph
Jacques Laigneau de Langellerie
Jacques Ledoyen
Jean-Baptiste Lego
Jean Menard
Jean-Michel Langevin
Jose Manyanet y Vives
Joseph Moreau
Laurent Batard
Louise Bessay de la Voute
Marie-Anne Vaillot
Marie Leonie Paradis
Odilia Baumgarten
Perrine Androuin
Perrine Besson
Pierre Delepine
Pierre Fremond
Pierre Tessier
Rafaela Ybarra de Villalongo
Rene Lego
Rosalie du Verdier de la Soriniere
Suzanne Androuin
Victoire Bauduceau Reveillere
Jacqueline Monnier
Jeanne Bourigault
Jeanne Fouchard Chalonneau
Jeanne Gourdon Moreau
Jeanne Gruget Doly
Jeanne Onillon
Jeanne Thomas Delaunay
Jeanne-Marie Leduc Paquier
Jeanne-Marie Sailland d'Epinatz
Louise Poirier Barre
Louise Rallier de la Tertiniere Dean de Luigne
Louise-Aimee Dean de Luigne
Madeleine Blond
Madeleine Cady
Madeleine Perrotin Rousseau
Madeleine Sailland d'Epinatz
Madeleine Salle
Marguerite Riviere Huau
Marguerite Robin
Marie Cassin
Marie de la Dive du Verdier
Marie Fasseuse
Marie Forestier
Marie Gallard Queson
Marie Gasnier Mercier
Marie Gingueneau Couffard
Marie Grillard
Marie Lardeux
Marie Lenee Lepage Varance
Marie Leroy Brevet
Marie Leroy
Marie Pichery Delahaye
Marie Piou Supiot
Marie Rochard
Marie Roger Chartier
Marie Roualt Bouju
Marie-Anne Hacher du Bois
Marie-Genevieve Poulain de la Forestrie
Marie-Jeanne Chauvigne Rorteau
Marie-Louise du Verdier de la Soriniere
Marthe Poulain de la Forestrie
Monique Pichery
Perrine Bourigault
Perrine Grille
Perrine Laurent
Perrine Ledoyen
Perrine Phelyppeaux Sailland
Perrine-Jeanne Sailland d'Epinatz
Perrine-Renee Potier Turpault
Renee Bourgeais Juret
Renee ailleau Girault
Renee Grillard
Renee Martin
Renee Regault Papin
Renee Seichet Dacy
Renee Valin
Renee Marie Feillatreau
Rose Quenion
Simone Chauvigne Charbonneau
Victoire Gusteau

1985
Anna of the Angels Monteagudo
Benedict Menni
Mercedes Maria of Jesus
Rafqa Ar-Rayes
Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger
Titus Brandsma
Virginae Centurione Bracelli
Anwarite Nangapeta (Aug. 15)
Catherine Troiani (Apr. 14)
Diego Luis de San Vitores, S.J., (Oct. 6)
Francisco Garate, S.J. (Oct. 6)
Jose M. Rubio y Peralta, S.J., (Oct. 6)
Pauline von Mallinckrodt, (Apr. 14)
Peter Friedhofen (June 23)
Pio Campidelli, C.P., (Nov. 17)

1986
Alphonsa Mattathupandatu of the Immaculate Conception
Kuriakose Elias Chavara
Teresa Maria of the Cross Manetti
Antoine Chevrier (Oct. 4)

1987
85 Martyrs (d. between 1584-1689) of England, Scotland and Wales (Nov. 22)
Antonia Mesina
Arnold Reche
Benedicta Cambiagio Frassinello
George Haydock
Karolina Kozka
Maria Angeles of Saint Joseph
Maria Pilar of Saint Francis Borgia
Pierino Morosini
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Teresa of Jesus "de los Andes"
Teresa of the Child Jesus Saint John of the Cross
William Carter
Andrea Carlo Ferrari, (May 10)
Blandina Marten, (Nov. 1)
Emmanuel Domingo y Sol (Mar. 29)
George Matulaitis (Matulewicz) (June 28)
Louis Moreau (May 10)
Marcel Callo, (Oct. 4)
Marcellis Spinola y Maestre, (Mar. 29)
Michal Kozal (June 10)
Pierre-Francois Jamet, (May 10)
Rupert Meyer, S.J. (May 3)
Ulricke Nische, (Nov. 1)

1988
Charles Houben
Francisco Palau y Quer
Giovanni Calabria
Josefa Naval Girbes
Junipero Serra
Katharine Drexel
Laura Vicuna
Miguel Pro
Bernardo Maria Silvestrelli, (Oct. 16)
Francisco Faa di Bruno, (Sept. 25)
Frederick Jansoone, (Sept. 25)
Giuseppe Benedetto Dusmet, (Sept. 25)
Honoratus Kozminski (Oct. 16)
Joseph Gerard (Sept. 11)
Joseph Nascimbeni (Apr. 17)
Kaspar Stangassinger, (Apr. 24)
Liberato Weiss, Nov. 20, Missionary Martyr of Ethiopia
Michele Pio Fasoli, Nov. 20, Missionary Martyr of Ethiopia
Niels Stensen (Nicolaus Steno) (Oct. 23)
Pietro Bonilli, (Apr. 24)
Samuel Marzorati, Nov. 20, Missionary Martyr of Ethiopia
Savina Petrilli (Apr. 24)

1989
7 Martyrs from Thailand (Philip Sipong, Sr. Agnes Phila, Sr. Lucia Khambang, Agatha Phutta, Cecilia Butsi, Bibiana Khampai, Maria Phon), (Oct. 22)
Brother Scubilionis (John Bernard Rousseau) (May 2)
Elizabeth Renzi, Antonio Lucci (June 17)
Francisca Ana Cirer Carbonell (Oct. 1)
Gertrude Caterina Comensoli, (Oct. 1)
Giuseppe Baldo (Oct. 31)
Lorenzo Salvi, (Oct. 1)
Maria Catherine of Saint Augustine (Apr. 23)
Maria Margaret Caiani, (Apr. 23)
Maria of Jesus Siedliska, (Apr. 23)
Martin of Saint Nicholas, (Apr. 23)
Mary of Jesus of the Good Shepherd, (Apr. 23)
Melchior of Saint Augustine, (Apr. 23)
Mother Maria of Jesus Deluil-Martiny (Oct. 22)
Niceforo de Jesus y Maria (Vicente Diez Tejerina and 25 Companions (martyred in Spain), (Oct. 1)
Timothy Giaccardo, (Oct. 22)
Victoria Rasoamanarivo (Apr. 30)

1990
3 Child Martyrs (Cristobal, Antonio and Juan), (May 6)
Anicet Adolfo
Augusto Andre
Benito de Jesus
Benjamin Julian
Cirilo Bertran
Inocencio de la Immaculada
Jaime Manuel Barbal Cosan
Juan Diego
Julian Alfredo
Marciano Jose
Maria Mercedes Prat
Nine Martyrs of Astoria during Spanish Civil War
Pier Giorgio Frassati
Tomasso da Cori
Victoriano Pio
Elisabeth Vendramini (Nov. 4)
Hanibal Maria Di Francia, (Oct. 7)
Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (May 6)
Joseph Allamano (Oct. 7)
Louise Therese de Montaignac de Chauvance, (Nov. 4)
Maria Schinina, (Nov. 4)
Marthe Aimee LeBouteiller, (Nov. 4)
Philip Rinaldi (Apr. 29)

1991
Jozef Sebastian Pelczar
Pauline of the Heart of Jesus in Agony Visentainer
Rafael Chylinski
Adolph Kolping (Oct. 27)
Angela Salawa (Aug. 13)
Annunciata Cocchetti (Apr. 21)
Boleslava Lament (June 5)
Clara Bosatta (Apr. 21)
Edoardo Giuseppe Rosaz (July 14, Susa, Italy)
Marie Therese Haze (Apr. 21)

1992
122 Martyrs of Spanish Civil War, (Oct. 25)
17 Irish Martyrs, (Sept. 27)
Agustin Caloca Cortes
Cristobal Magallanes Jara
David Galvan Bermudez
David Roldan-Lara
David Uribe-Velasco
Francisca Salesia Aviat
Jenaro Sanchez Delgadillo
Jose Isabel Flores Varela
Jose Maria Robles Hurtado
Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres
JoseMarie Escriva
Josephine Bakhita
Julio Alvarez Mendoza
Luis Batiz Sainz
Manuel Moralez
Mateo Correa
Miguel de la Mora
Narcisa Martillo Moran
Roman Adame Rosales
Sabas Reyes Salazar
Salvador Lara Puente
Francesco Spinelli (June 21, Caravaggio, Italy)
Maria Josefa Sancho de Guerra (Sept. 27)
Maria de Jesus Sacramentado Venegas (Nov. 22)
Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa, (Sept. 27)
Rafael Arnaiz Baron(Sept. 27) )

1993
Angela Truszkowska
Faustina Kowalska
John Duns Scotus
Giuseppe Marello
Maria Francesca Rubatto
Maria Crucified Satellico
Paula Montal Fornes
Aurelio Maria
Columba Gabriel (May 16)
Diego Ventaja Milan
Dina Belanger (Mar. 20)
Edmigio
Eleven martyrs of Almeria, Spain, during Spanish Civil War (2 bishops, 7 brothers, l priest, l lay person); (Oct. 10)
Evencio Ricardo
Florida Cevoli (May 16)
Jose Cecilio
Ludovico of Casoria, (Apr. 18)
Manuel Medina Olmos
Marie-Louise Trichet, (May 16)
Maurice Tornay, (May 16)
Pedro Poveda Castroverde (Oct. 10)
Stanislaus Kazimierczyk (Apr. 18, cult solemnly recognized)
Teodomiro Joaquin
Valerio Bernardo Maria Crucified Satellico
Victoria Diez y Bustos de Molina, (Oct. 10)

1994
Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga
Claudio Granzotto
Gianna Beretta Molla
Isidore Bakanja
Josephine Vannini
Magdalena Caterina Morano
Maria Rafols
Agnes de Jesus Galand, (Nov. 20)
Elizabeth Canori Mora; (Apr. 24)
Eugenia Joubert, (Nov. 20)
Hyacinthe Marie Cormier, (Nov. 20)
Marie Poussepin, (Nov. 20)
Nicolas Roland, (Oct. 16)
Petra of Saint Joseph Perez Florida, (Oct. 16)

1995
109 Martyrs (64 from French Revolution - Martyrs of La Rochelle - and 45 from Spanish Civil War), (Oct. 1)
Agostino Roscelli
Carlo Erana Guruceta
Fidel Fuidio Rodriguez
Genoveva Torres Morales
Jesus Hita Miranda
Joseph Vaz
Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer
Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Vicente Vilar David
Anselm Polanco Fontecha, (Oct. 1)
Damien de Veuster (June 4)
Felipe Ripoll Morata, (Oct. 1)
Giuseppina Bonino, (May 7)
Grimoaldo of the Purification (Jan. 29)
Marguerite Bays (Oct. 29)
Maria Alvarado Cordozo, (May 7)
Maria Bernarda Butler (Oct. 29)
Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini, (May 7)
Maria Helena Stollenwerk, (May 7)
Mary Theresa Scherer, (Oct. 29)
Modestino of Jesus and Mary, (Jan. 29)
Peter ToRot (Jan. 17)
Pietro Casini (Oct. 1)
Rafael Guizar Valencia, (Jan. 29)

1996
Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster
Anicet Hryciuk
Bartlomiej Osypiuk
Bernhard Lichtenberg
Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola
Catherine Jarrige
Daniel Comboni
Daniel Karmasz
Filip Geryluk
Jakob Gapp
Karl Leisner
Marcelina Darowska
Martyrs of Podlasie
Otto Neururer
Edmund Rice, (Oct 6)
Filippo Smaldone (priest) (May 12)
Gennaro Sarnelli (priest) (May 12)
Guido Maria Conforti (Mar. 17)
Ignacy Franczuk
Jan Andrzejuk
Konstanty Bojko
Konstanty Lukaszuk
Lukasz Bojko
Maksym Hawryluk
Maria Ana Mogas Fontcuberta (Oct 6)
Maria Antonia Bandres (religious) (May 12)
Maria Raffaella Cimatti, (religious) (May 12)
Michal Wawryszuk
Onufry Wasyluk
Wincenty Lewoniuk

1997
Bernardina Maria Jablonska
Ceferino Jimenez Malla
Domenico Lentini
ElĂ­ del Socorro Nieves
Gaetano Catanoso
John Baptist Scalabrini
Maria Karlowska
Maria Teresa Fasce
Maria Vicenta of Saint Dorothy Chaavez Orozco
Bartholomew Mary Dal Monte (Sep. 27)
Emilie d'Hooghvorst, (Oct. 12)
Enrico Rebuschini, priest (May 4)
Florentino Asensio Barroso, (May 4)
Frederic Ozanam (Aug. 22)
Giovanni Piamarta, (Oct. 12)
Maria Encarnacion Rosal of the Sacred Heart, (May 4)
Vilmos Apor, (Nov. 9)

1998
11 Spanish nuns (May 10)
Alojzije Stepinac
Anton Maria Schwartz
Brigida of Jesus
Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi
Theodore Guerin
Zeferino Agostini
Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao (Oct. 25)
Bishop Vincent Bossilkov, (Mar. 15)
Faustino Miguez, (Oct. 25)
Giovanni Maria Boccardo, (May 24)
Giuseppe Tovini (Sept. 20)
Jakob Kern, (June 21)
Maria Restituta Kafka, (June 21)
Maria Salles (Mar. 15) )
Nimatullah al-Hardini, (May 10)
Secondo Polla (May 23)
Teresa Bracco (May 24)
Teresa Grillo Chavez, (May 24)

1999
108 Polish Martyrs
6 Augustinian Recollect Companions, (Mar. 7)
Anna Schaeffer
Anton Martin Slomsek
Arcangelo Tadini
Diego Oddi
Edmund Bojanowski
Edward Maria Joannes Poppe
Padre Pio
Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski
Ferdinando Maria Baccilieri, (Oct. 3)
Manuel Martin Sierra, (Mar. 7)
Mariano da Roccacasale, (Oct. 3)
Nicola da Gesturi (Oct. 3)
Nicolas Barre, (Mar. 7)
Regina Protmann, (June 13)
Vicente Soler, (Mar. 7)

2000
Ambrosio Francisco Ferro and 28 Companions
Andre de Soveral
Andrew the Catechist
Anna Rosa Gattorno
Columba Marmion
Francesco Saverio Seelos
Francisco Marto
Jacinta Marto
John XXIII
Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan
Mariano de Jesus Euse Hoyos
Martyrs of Nowogrodek
Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad
Nicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung
Pedro Calungsod
Pius IX
Tommaso Reggio
William Joseph Chaminade
Andrew of Pho Yen (March 5)

2001
Alfonso Maria Fusco
Andrew Ishchak
Aurelio da Vinalesa
Bartholomeo Fernandez dos Martires
Basil Velychkovsky
Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodriguez Santiago
Carmelo Sastre Sastre
Caterina Cittadini
Caterina Volpicelli
Clement Sheptytsky
Emilian Kovch
Emilie Tavernier Gamelin
Eugenia Picco
Gaetana Sterni
George Preca
Giovanni Antonio Farina
Gregory Khomyshyn
Gregory Lakota
Ignatius Falzon
Ignazio Maloyan
Ivan Ziatyk
John Sleziuk
Josef Bilczewski
Josaphat Kocylovskyj
Josaphata Mykhailyna Hordashevska
Laurentia Herasymiv
Leonid Feodorov
Louis Tezza
Luigi Quattrocchi
Manuel Gonzalez Garcia
Marcantonio Durando
Maria Adeodata Pisani
Maria Corsini
Maria Cristina dell'Immacolata Concezione
Maria Eutimia
Maria del Pilar Izquierdo Albero
Marie-Anne Blondin
Metod Dominik Trcka
Nicholas Charnetsky
Nikolaus Gross
Nicholas Konrad
Nicholas Tsehelsky
Oleksa Zaryckyj
Olha Bida
Paolo Manna
Pavol Gojdic
Peter Verhun
Roman Lysko
Severian Baranyk
Simeon Lukach
Tarsykia Matskiv
Teodor Romza
Tommaso Maria Fusco
Vitalij Bajrak
Volodymyr Pryjma
Yakym Senkivsky
Zygmunt Gorazdowski
Zenon Kovalyk
Jose Aparicio Sanz
Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War

2002
Andrea Giacinto Longhin
Artemide Zatti
Gaetano Errico
Josaphat Chichkov
Kamen Vitchev
Ludovico Pavoni
Luigi Variara
Marco Antonio Durando
Maria Romero Meneses
Maria del Transito de Jesus Sacramentado
Pavel Dzjidzjov
Aloisius Variara
Hyacinth of Englene
Johannes Baptist av Oaxaca
Maria de Chappotin de Neuville

2003
Teresa of Calcutta
Eugenia Ravasco
Giacomo Alberione
Giulia Salzano
Ivan Merz
Juana Maria Condesa Lluch
Ladislao Batthyany-Strattmann
Maria Caridad Brader
Maria Cristina Brando
Maria Dolores Rodriguez Sopena
Maria Domenica Mantovani
Mark of Aviano
Mary of Jesus Crucified
Pierre Bonhomme

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Life of Saint Pope John Paul II

1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
1920's Early Years
  • Born in Wadowice (Kraków), Poland.
    Born in Wadowice (Kraków), Poland.
    Born in Wadowice (Kraków), Poland.
    May 18, 1920
  • Baptized by the military chaplain P. Franciszek Zak.
    Baptized into Christ and His Church by a Chaplain in the Polish Army, Fr. Franciszek Zak.
    Baptized by the military chaplain P. Franciszek Zak.
    June 20, 1920
  • Attended the elementary school for boys
    Attended the elementary school for boys, and then the prep years of secondary school "Marcin Wadowita" in which during all his classes he achieved the top grades.
    Attended the elementary school for boys
    September 15, 1926
  • His mother dies.
    Death of his mother due to heart and kidney problems.
    His mother dies.
    April 13, 1929
  • First Holy Communion
    First Holy Communion
    First Holy Communion
    October 1, 1929
1930's Early Years
  • Admitted to the State Secondary School for boys, "Marcin Wadowita".
    Admitted to the State Secondary School for boys, "Marcin Wadowita".
    Admitted to the State Secondary School for boys, "Marcin Wadowita".
    June 1, 1930
  • His brother Edmund dies.
    Loss of his childhood occurs with the death of his brother to scarlet fever.
    His brother Edmund dies.
    December 5, 1932
  • Participates in military training exercises at Hermanice.
    Participates in military training exercises at Hermanice.
    Participates in military training exercises at Hermanice.
    September 1, 1935
  • Admitted into the Society of Mary.
    Admitted into the Society of Mary.
    Admitted into the Society of Mary.
    December 14, 1935
  • Receives the Sacrament of Confirmation.
    Receives the Sacrament of Confirmation.
    Receives the Sacrament of Confirmation.
    May 1, 1938
  • Enrolls in the Faculty of Philosophy at Jagellonian University, Kraków.
    Enrolls in the Faculty of Philosophy (course of Polish Philosophy) at Jagellonian University, Kraków.
    Enrolls in the Faculty of Philosophy at Jagellonian University, Kraków.
    June 22, 1938
  • He and his father move to Kraków
    Young Karol and his father move to Kraków (Via Tyniecka 10).
    He and his father move to Kraków
    August 1, 1938
  • University military training
    University military training camp at Ozomla, near Sadowa Wiszna for Polish and Ukraine students.
    University military training
    July 1, 1939
  • Second World War begins.
    Second World War begins.
    Second World War begins.
    September 1, 1939
  • Registers for the second year university courses in Literature and Philosophy.
    Registers for the second year university courses in Literature and Philosophy.
    Registers for the second year university courses in Literature and Philosophy.
    November 2, 1939
1940's Priesthood
  • His father dies.
    His father dies.
    His father dies.
    February 18, 1941
  • Escaped Gestapo round by hiding in his uncle's basement.
    Escaped Gestapo round by hiding in his uncle's basement.
    Escaped Gestapo round by hiding in his uncle's basement.
    August 6, 1944
  • The Russian Armed Forces free Kraków from Nazi occupation.
    The Russian Armed Forces free Kraków from Nazi occupation.
    The Russian Armed Forces free Kraków from Nazi occupation.
    January 18, 1945
  • Ordained a priest.
    Ordained a priest. As on the preceding occasions, he received Holy Orders from the hands of Archbishop Metropolitan Adam Sapieha in his private chapel.
    Ordained a priest.
    November 1, 1946
  • Celebrates his first Mass in the crypt of St. Leonard at Wavel.
    Celebrates his first Mass in the crypt of St. Leonard at Wavel.
    Celebrates his first Mass in the crypt of St. Leonard at Wavel.
    November 2, 1946
  • Leaves Poland to begin studies in Rome.
    Leaves Poland to begin studies in Rome.
    Leaves Poland to begin studies in Rome.
    November 15, 1946
  • Earns a master's degree in theology at the Jagellonian University in Kraków
    Earns a master's degree in theology at the Jagellonian University in Kraków (1942-1946). Earns a doctorate in sacred theology in the Faculty of Theology at the Jagellonian University with highest marks.
    Earns a master's degree in theology at the Jagellonian University in Kraków
    December 16, 1948
  • Recalled to Kraków to be assistant pastor at St. Florian's.
    Recalled to Kraków to be assistant pastor at St. Florian's.
    Recalled to Kraków to be assistant pastor at St. Florian's.
    August 5, 1949
1950's Priesthood
  • Archbishop Baziak puts him on leave
    Archbishop Baziak puts him on leave (until 1953) to complete his qualifying exams for a university position. Up until now he served as a chaplain to the university students (in St. Florian's) and for health workers.
    Archbishop Baziak puts him on leave
    September 1, 1951
  • Gives course in Catholic social ethics for Jagellonian University students
    Gives a course in Catholic social ethics for the students of fourth year theology at the Jagellonian University.
    Gives course in Catholic social ethics for Jagellonian University students
    October 1, 1953
  • Completes qualifying exams with thesis on the "ethical system of Max Scheler".
    Completes his qualifying exams by presenting his thesis on the "ethical system of Max Scheler".
    Completes qualifying exams with thesis on the "ethical system of Max Scheler".
    December 1, 1953
  • Faculty of Theology at the Jagellonian University abolished,
    Faculty of Theology at the Jagellonian University abolished, this faculty is then organized at the Seminary of Kraków where he continues his studies. Catholic University of Lublin offers him a non-tenured professorship which he accepts.
    Faculty of Theology at the Jagellonian University abolished,
    January 1, 1954
  • Appointed to the Chair of Ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin.
    Appointed to the Chair of Ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin.
    Appointed to the Chair of Ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin.
    December 1, 1956
  • The Central Qualifying Committee approves his appointment as free docent.
    The Central Qualifying Committee approves his appointment as free docent.
    The Central Qualifying Committee approves his appointment as free docent.
    November 15, 1957
  • Appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Baziak of Kraków.
    Appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Mons. Eugeniusz Baziak of Kraków.
    Appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Baziak of Kraków.
    July 4, 1958
  • Ordained Bishop in the Cathedral of Wavel.
    Ordained Bishop in the Cathedral of Wavel.
    Ordained Bishop in the Cathedral of Wavel.
    September 28, 1958
1960's Priesthood
  • After the death of Archbishop Baziak, named Vicar Capitular.
    After the death of Archbishop Baziak, named Vicar Capitular.
    After the death of Archbishop Baziak, named Vicar Capitular.
    July 16, 1962
  • Participates in the II Session of the Second Vatican Council.
    Participates in the II Session of the Second Vatican Council.
    Participates in the II Session of the Second Vatican Council.
    October 6, 1963
  • Designated Metropolitan Bishop of Kraków.
    Designated Metropolitan Bishop of Kraków.
    Designated Metropolitan Bishop of Kraków.
    December 30, 1963
  • Archbishop Wojtyla is made President of Apostolate of the Laity
    Episcopal Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity is established; Archbishop Wojtyla is made President.
    Archbishop Wojtyla is made President of Apostolate of the Laity
    December 29, 1966
  • Karol Wojtyla named Cardinal elect
    Paul VI announces the next Consistory. Among the names of the new Cardinals elect is that of Karol Wojtyla.
    Karol Wojtyla named Cardinal elect
    May 29, 1967
  • Consecrated Cardinal in the Sistine Chapel, by Pope Paul VI
    Consecrated Cardinal in the Sistine Chapel, by Pope Paul VI - titular S. Cesareo in Palatio.
    Consecrated Cardinal in the Sistine Chapel, by Pope Paul VI
    June 26, 1967
  • Takes possession of the titular Church, S. Cesareo in Palatio, Rome.
    Takes possession of the titular Church, S. Cesareo in Palatio, Rome.
    Takes possession of the titular Church, S. Cesareo in Palatio, Rome.
    February 18, 1968
  • Vice-President of the Episcopal Conference
    Approval of the statutes of the Episcopal Conference; Cardinal Wojtyla is Vice-President of the Conference.
    Vice-President of the Episcopal Conference
    March 15, 1969
  • The Polish Theological Society publishes "The Acting Person"
    The Polish Theological Society (PTT) of Krakow publishes "The Acting Person" (Osoba i cyzn).
    The Polish Theological Society publishes "The Acting Person"
    December 1, 1969
1970's Priesthood / Pope
  • Is elected to the Council of the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.
    Is elected to the Council of the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.
    Is elected to the Council of the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.
    October 5, 1971
  • Card. Wojtyla presides over the Polish delegation
    Card. Wojtyla presides over the Polish delegation at the international conference in Rome for the preparations of the new Apostolic Constitution for Ecclesiastical Studies.
    Card. Wojtyla presides over the Polish delegation
    November 22, 1976
  • Receives a doctorate "honoris causa" from Johannes Guttenberg University
    Receives a doctorate "honoris causa" from Johannes Guttenberg University, Mainz.
    Receives a doctorate "honoris causa" from Johannes Guttenberg University
    June 23, 1977
  • Present at the funeral of Paul VI.
    Present at the funeral of Paul VI.
    Present at the funeral of Paul VI.
    August 11, 1978
  • John Paul I is elected Pope
    John Paul I (Albino Luciani) is elected Pope.
    John Paul I is elected Pope
    August 26, 1978
  • Funeral of Pope John Paul I
    Leaves for the funeral of Pope John Paul I.
    Funeral of Pope John Paul I
    October 3, 1978
  • Cardinal Karol Wojtyla is elected 264th Pope at approximately 5:15 p.m
    Cardinal Karol Wojtyla is elected 264th Pope at approximately 5:15 p.m. He is the 263rd Successor of Peter.
    Cardinal Karol Wojtyla is elected 264th Pope at approximately 5:15 p.m
    October 16, 1978
  • Takes first trip abroad
    Takes first trip abroad, to Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Bahamas.
    Takes first trip abroad
    January 25, 1979
  • Pope says Mass at the site of the Birkenau concentration camp, Auschwitz
    The pope says Mass at the site of the Birkenau concentration camp, the largest of 36 camps in a complex known collectively as Auschwitz.
    Pope says Mass at the site of the Birkenau concentration camp, Auschwitz
    June 7, 1979
  • John Paul II visits the United States for the first time as pope.
    John Paul II visits the United States for the first time as pope and addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
    John Paul II visits the United States for the first time as pope.
    September 29, 1979
1980's Pope
  • Pope is shot in the abdomen by a young Turk named Mehmet Ali Agca.
    Pope John Paul II is shot in the abdomen and hand in St. Peter's Square and seriously wounded. Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, is arrested. The pope spends 22 days in a hospital.
    Pope is shot in the abdomen by a young Turk named Mehmet Ali Agca.
    May 13, 1981
  • Spanish priest lunges at the pope with a bayonet in Fatima, Portugal
    A Spanish priest lunges at the pope with a bayonet during the first day of a papal trip to Fatima, Portugal. John Paul is unhurt.
    Spanish priest lunges at the pope with a bayonet in Fatima, Portugal
    May 12, 1982
  • Calls for the heads of government to end to the arms race
    Calls for the heads of government of the United States and the Soviet Union to negotiate an end to the arms race.
    Calls for the heads of government to end to the arms race
    September 29, 1983
  • Meets with and forgives his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca
    The pope meets with and forgives his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in prison in Rome.
    Meets with and forgives his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca
    December 27, 1983
  • The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations.
    The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations.
    The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations.
    January 10, 1984
  • Historic visit to Rome's main synagogue
    John Paul II prays at Rome's main synagogue, the first ever recorded visit of a pope to a synagogue.
    Historic visit to Rome's main synagogue
    April 13, 1986
  • Official visit of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
    Official visit of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
    Official visit of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
    June 6, 1987
  • Official visit of U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
    Official visit of U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
    Official visit of U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
    May 27, 1989
  • Receives Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican
    Receives Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican in the first ever meeting between a pope and a Kremlin chief.
    Receives Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican
    December 1, 1989
1990's Pope
  • Issues first encyclical on social issues.
    Issues first encyclical on social issues since the fall of communism in Europe, giving qualified approval to capitalism but warning rich against taking advantage of poor.
    Issues first encyclical on social issues.
    May 1, 1991
  • Agreement signed establishing formal diplomatic ties between Israel and Vatican.
    Agreement signed establishing formal diplomatic ties between Israel and Vatican.

    Agreement signed establishing formal diplomatic ties between Israel and Vatican.
    December 30, 1993
  • John Paul II reaffirms the church's opposition to female priests
    John Paul II reaffirms the church's opposition to female priests in a letter to bishops, writing that the church "has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the church's faithful."
    John Paul II reaffirms the church's opposition to female priests
    May 30, 1994
  • Publishes his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope.
    Publishes his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope.
    Publishes his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope.
    October 20, 1994
  • Issues encyclical "Gospel of Life," and condemns spreading "culture of death"
    Issues encyclical "Gospel of Life," and condemns spreading "culture of death," including abortion, euthanasia, experimentation on human embryos. The statement comes in the 11th encyclical -- a special letter reserved for matters of extreme importance to the church -- of John Paul's papacy.
    Issues encyclical "Gospel of Life," and condemns spreading "culture of death"
    March 25, 1995
  • Meets with Cuban President Fidel Castro.
    Meets with Cuban President Fidel Castro.
    Meets with Cuban President Fidel Castro.
    November 19, 1996
  • Vatican issues We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, or Holocaust
    Vatican issues We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, or Holocaust, expressing remorse for the cowardice of some Christians during World War II but defending the actions of wartime Pope Pius XII.
    Vatican issues We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, or Holocaust
    March 16, 1998
  • Celebrates 20th anniversary as pope, asking for prayers to fulfill his mission
    Celebrates 20th anniversary as pope, asking for prayers to fulfill his mission "until the end."
    Celebrates 20th anniversary as pope, asking for prayers to fulfill his mission
    October 18, 1998
  • Gives permission to start the cause of beatification for Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
    Gives permission to start the cause of beatification for Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
    Gives permission to start the cause of beatification for Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
    March 1, 1999
2000's Pope
  • Mehmet Ali Agca is granted clemency & extradited to Turkey
    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.
    Mehmet Ali Agca is granted clemency & extradited to Turkey
    June 13, 2000
  • Receives U.S. President George W. Bush.
    Receives U.S. President George W. Bush.
    Receives U.S. President George W. Bush.
    May 28, 2002
  • A top Vatican official confirms pope has Parkinson's disease.
    A top Vatican official publicly acknowledges for the first time what observers have suspected for a decade -- that John Paul II suffers from Parkinson's disease. The pope had long showed signs of Parkingson's, including slurred speech and trembling.
    A top Vatican official confirms pope has Parkinson's disease.
    May 17, 2003
  • U.S. President George W. Bush awards pontiff the Medal of Freedom.
    U.S. President George W. Bush awards pontiff the Medal of Freedom.
    U.S. President George W. Bush awards pontiff the Medal of Freedom.
    June 4, 2004
  • The pope breathes heavily and gasps during an open-air Mass in Lourdes, France
    The pope breathes heavily and gasps during an open-air Mass in Lourdes, France, during one of just two foreign trips during the year.
    The pope breathes heavily and gasps during an open-air Mass in Lourdes, France
    August 15, 2004
  • Rushed to a hospital in Rome with flu and difficulties breathing.
    Rushed to a hospital in Rome with flu and difficulties breathing.
    Rushed to a hospital in Rome with flu and difficulties breathing.
    February 1, 2005
  • Returns to hospital after a relapse of the flu; undergoes a tracheotomy
    Returns to hospital after a relapse of the flu; undergoes a tracheotomy to ease his breathing.
    Returns to hospital after a relapse of the flu; undergoes a tracheotomy
    February 24, 2005
  • Vatican announces John Paul II has a high fever as a result of urinary tract infection
    The Vatican announces that John Paul II has a high fever as a result of a urinary tract infection. He later suffers septic shock, meaning that bacteria had spread from his urinary tract to his blood, poisoning his blood stream and causing his blood vessels to collapse. The pope receives the sacrament for the sick and dying, formerly known as the last rites.
    Vatican announces John Paul II has a high fever as a result of urinary tract infection
    March 31, 2005
  • Pope John Paul II dies at 84.
    Pope John Paul II dies at 9:37 p.m. of septic shock and cardio-circulatory collapse. He was 84.
    Pope John Paul II dies at 84.
    April 2, 2005