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1982
Crispin of Viterbo
Maximillian Kolbe
Marguerite Bourgeoys
Jeanne Delanoue

1983
Leopold Mandic

1984
Paula Frassinetti
Korean Martyrs
Andrew Kim Taegon
Jung Hye
Miguel Febres Cordero
Paul Chong Hasang
Cecilia Yu
Agatha Chon Kyonghyob
Agatha Kim
Agatha Kwon Chini
Agatha Yi Kannan
Agatha Yi Kyong-i
Agatha Yi Sosa
Agatha Yi
Agnes Kim Hyoju
Alex U Seyong
Andrew-Chong Kwagyong
Anna Kim
Anna Pak A-gi
Anna Pak Agi
Anthony Daveluy
Anthony Kim Son-u
Augustine Pak Chong-won
Augustine Yi Chin-gil
Augustine Yi Kwang-hon
Barbara Ch'oe Yong-i
Barbara Cho Chung-i
Barbara Han Agi
Barbara Kim
Barbara Ko Suni
Barbara Kwon Hui
Barbara Yi Chong-hui
Barbara Yi
Bartholomew Chong Munho
Benedicta Hyon Kyongnyon
Catherine Chong Ch'oryom
Catherine Yi
Charles Cho Shin-ch'ol
Charles Hyon Songmun
Columba Kim Hyo-im
Columba Kim
Damianus Nam Myong-hyog
Damien Nam Myong-hyok
Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye
Francis Ch'oe Hyong-hwan
Ignatius Kim Chejun
Jacob Chastan
John Baptist Chong Chang-un
John Baptist Nam Chongsam
John Baptist Yi Kwangnyol
John Nam Chong-sam
John Pak
John Yi Kwong-hai
John Yi Munu
John Yi Yunil
Joseph Chang Chugi
Joseph Chang Songjib
Joseph Cho Yunho
Joseph Im Ch'ibaeg
Joseph Peter Han Wonso
Juliet Kim
Justin de Breteniès
Lawrence Han Ihyong
Lawrence Imbert
Lucia Kim
Lucia Park Huisun
Ludovicus Beaulieu
Luke Hwang Soktu
Magalena Ho Kye-im
Magdalene Cho
Magdalene Han Yong-i
Magdalene Kim Obi
Magdalene Pak Pongson
Magdalene Son Sobyog
Magdalene Yi Yong-hui
Magdalene Yi Yongdog
Maria Park K'unagi
Maria Won Kwi-im
Maria Yi Indog
Maria Yi Yonhui
Mark Chong Uibae
Martha Kim
Martin Luke Huin
Mary Yi Yon-hui
Paul Ho
Paul Hong Yongju
Perpetua Hong Kumju
Peter Aumaitre
Peter Ch'oe Ch'ang-hub
Peter Ch'oe Hyong
Peter Cho Kwaso
Peter Chong Wonji
Peter Henricus Dorie
Peter Hong Pyongju
Peter Kwon Tugin
Peter Maubant
Peter Nam Kyongmun
Peter Ryau
Peter Son Sonji
Peter Y Taech'ol
Peter Yi Hoyong
Peter Yi Myongs
Peter Yu Chongyul
Peter Yu Tae-Chol
Protasius Chong Kurbo
Rosa Kim
Sebastian Nam
Simon Berneux
Stephen Min Kukka
Susanna U Surim
Teresa Kim Imi
Teresa Kim
Teresa Yi Mae-im
Thomas Son Chason

1986
Francis Anthony Fasani (1681-1742)
Joseph Mary Tomasi

1987
Joseph Moscati
Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila and 15 Companions

1988
Alonso Rodriguez
Andrew Dung Lac An Tran
Andrew Thong Kim Nguyen
Andrew Trong Van Tram
Anthony Dich Nguyen
Anthony Quynh Nam
Augustine Huy Viet Phan
Augustine Moi Van Nguyen
Augustine Schoffler
Bernard Due Van Vo
Dominic Hanh Van Nguyen
Dominic Henares
Dominic Nicholas Dat Dinh
Dominic Trach Doai
Dominic Uy Van Bui
Dominic Xuyen Van Nguyen
Emmanuel Trieu Van Nguyen
Eustochia Calafato
Francis Chieu Van Do
Francis Gil de Frederich
Francis Isidore Gagelin
Francis Jaccard
Francis Trung Von Tran
Francis Xavier Can Nguyen
Hyacinth Casteneda
Ignatius Delgado y Cebrian
James Nam
Jerome Hermosilla
Jesuit martyrs of Paraguay
John Baptist Con
John Baptist Thanh
John Canh
John Charles Cornay
John Dat
John Hoan Trinh Doan
John Louis Bonnard
John Thanh Van Dinh
Joseph Canh Luang Hoang
Joseph Fernandez
Joseph Hien Quang Do
Joseph Khang Duy Nguyen
Joseph Luu Van Nguyen
Joseph Marchand
Joseph Nghi Kim
Joseph Thi Dang Le
Joseph Uyen Dinh Nguyen
Joseph Vien Dinh Dang
Juan de Castillo
Lawrence Huong Van Nguyen
Luke Loan Ba Vu
Magdalen of Canossa (1774-1835)
Maria Rosa Molas y Vollve (d. 1876)
Martin Tho
Martin Tinh
Martyrs of Vietnam
Matthew Alonso Leziniana
Matthew Dac Phuong Nguyen
Matthew Gam Van Le
Michael HyDinh-Ho
Michael My Huy Nguyen
Nicholas The Duc Bui
Paul Hanh
Paul Khoan Khan Pham
Paul Loc Van Le
Paul Tinh Boa Le
Paul Tong Buong
Peter Duong Van Troung
Peter Francis Nén
Peter Hieu Van Nguyen
Peter Quy Cong Doan
Peter Thi Van Truong Pham
Peter Tuan Ba Nguyen
Peter Tuy Le
Peter Van Van Doan
Philip Minh Van Doan
Roque Gonzalez
Rose Philippine Duchesne
Simon Hoa Dac Phan
Simon de Rojas (1552-1624)
Stephen Theodore Cuenot
Stephen Vinh
Thephane Venard
Thomas De Van Nguyen
Thomas Du Viet Dinh
Thomas Thien Tran
Thomas Toan
Valentine Berriochoa
Vincent Diem The Nguyen
Vincent Yen Do

1989
Agnes of Bohemia
Albert Chmielowski
Clelia Barbieri
Gaspar Bertoni
Mutien-Marie Wiaux
Richard Pampuri

1990
Marguerite D'Youville

1991
Raphael (Jozef) Kalinowski

1992
Claude La Colombiere
Ezequiel Moreno y Diaz

1993
Henry de Osso y Cervello
Marie of Saint Ignatius
Teresa "de los Andes" (Juana Fernandez Solar) (1900-20)

1995
Eugene Mazenod
Jan Sarkander
Marek Krizin (1588-1619)
Martyrs of Kosice
Melichar Grodziecky (1584-1619)
Stefan Pongracz (1582-1619)
Zdislava of Lemberk (d. 1252)

1996
Giles Mary of Saint Joseph
John Grande
John Gabriel Perboyre

1997
John Dukla
Hedwig of Poland

1998
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

1999
Agostina Petrantoni
Anicet Adolfo
Augusto Andres
Benedetto Menni
Benito de Jesus
Cirilo Bertran
Giovanni Calabria
Inocencio de la Immaculada
Jaime Hilario Barbel
Julian Alfredo
Marcelino Champagnat
Marciano Jose
Tomasso da Cori
Victoriano Pio
Kunegunda Kinga (1224-92)

2000
120 Martyrs of China
Agatha Lin
Alberic Crescitelli
Auguste Chapdelaine
Augustine Tchao
Callistus Caravario
Cristobal Magallanes Jara
Faustina Kowalska
Francis Ferdinand de Capillas
Jeanne-Marie Kerguin
Jerome Lou-Tin-Mei
Joachim Ho
Joachim Royo Perez
John Alcober Figuera
John Baptist Lo
Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres
Joseph Yuen
Joseph Zhang Dapeng
Josephine Bakhita
Katharine Drexel
Lawrence Pe-Man
Lawrence Wang
Luigi Versiglia
Maria Chaira
Maria di San Giusto
Marie Adolphine Dierks
Marie Amandine
Marie De Saint Just
Mary Hermina Grivot
Peter Ou
Raymond Li-Ts'Uan
Remigius Isore
Rose Tch'Enn-Kai-Tsie
Rose Tchao
Rose Wang-Hoei
Agnes Tsao Kouy, widow, - 1856, 27 May 1900
Andreas Bauer, religious 0. F. M., 1866 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Andrew Tien-K'Ing, layman, - 1900, 17 April 1955
Anna Dierk (Maria Adolfina), nun F. M. M., 1866 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Anna Nan-Sinn-Cheu laywoman, - 1900, 17 April 1955
Anna Nan-Tsiao-Cheu laywoman, - 1900, 17 April 1955
Anna Wang, laywoman, - 1900, 17 April 1955
Antonino Fantosati, bishop 0. F. M, 1842 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Barbara Ts'Oei-Lien-Cheu, laywoman, - 1900, 17 April 1955
Cesidio Giacomantonio, priest 0. F. M., 1873 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Elia Facchini, priest 0. F. M., 1839 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Elisabeth Tsinn, laywoman, - 1900, 17 April 1955
Francesco Fogolla, bishop 0. F. M., 1839 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Francesco M. Lantrua (Giovanni da Triora) priest 0FM. 1760 - 1816, 27 May 1900
Francis Tchang-Iun, 0. F. S., 1838 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Francisco Diaz del Rinccn priest 0. P., 1713 - 1748, 14 May 1893 3
Francisco Fernandez de Capillas, priest 0. P., 1607 - 1648, 2 May 19090
Francisco Serrano Frias, priest 0. P., 1695 - 1748, 14 May 1893
Francois Regis Clet, priest C. M., 1748 - 1820, 27 May 1900
Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, bishop M. E. P., 1750 - 1815, 27 May 1900
Gregorio Grassi, bishop 0. F. M 1833 - 1900, 24 November 1946
James Ien-Ku-Tun, layman, 1853 - 1900, 24 November 1946
James Tciao-Tciuen-Sin, layman, 1856 - 1900, 24 November 1946
John Baptist Ou-Man-T'Ang, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
John Baptist Tchao-Ming, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
John Baptist Tchou-Ou-Joei, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
John Ou-Wenn-Yinn, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
John Peter Neel, priest M. E. P. - 1832 - 1862, 2 May 1909
John Tchang, 0. F. S., seminarian 1882 - 1900, 24 November 1946
John Tchang, 0. F. S., seminarian 1877 - 1900, 24 November 1946
John Tchang, catechist- 1805 - 1862, 2 May 1909
John Tchen, catechist - 1862, 2 May 1909
John Van, 0. F. S., seminarian 1884 - 1900, 24 November 1946
John Wang-K'Oei-Sinn, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Joseph Chang, seminarian 1832 - 1861, 2 May 1909
Joseph Chang-Ta-Pong, catechist- 1754 - 1815, 2 May 1909
Joseph Ma-Tllen-Chounn, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Joseph Maria Gambaro, priest 0. F. M 1869 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Joseph Wang-Jou-Mei, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Joseph Wang-K'Oei-Tsu, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Joseph Yuang-Keng-Yinn, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
K'I-Tchou-Tzeu, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Lang-Yang-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Leo Ignazio Mangin, priest S. J. 1857 - 1900, 17 April 1955
Lucy Wang-Tcheng, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Lucy Wang-Wang-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Lucy Y, catechist - 1862, 2 May 1909
Magdalene Tou-Fong-Kiu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Maria Anna Giuliani (Maria della Pace), nun F. M. M. 1875 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Maria de Jesus Sacramentado Venegas (1868-1959)
Mark Ki-T'Ien-Siang, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Martha Ouang, widow - 1861, 2 May 1909
Martin Ou, catechist 1815 - 1862, 2 May 1909
Mary Fan-K'Ounn, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Fou, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Kouo-Li-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Nan (Ling-Hoa), laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Nan-Kouo-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Tchao, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Tchao-Kouo-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Tcheng-Su, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Tchou-Ou-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Tou-T'Ien-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Tou-Tchao-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Ts'I-U, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Mary Wang-Li-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Maria-Josefa of the Heart of Jesus Sancho de Guerra (1842-1912)
Matthew Fun-Te, 0. F. S. - 1900, 24 November 1946
Modest Andlauer, priest S. J. 1847 - 1900, 17 April 1955
Paola Jeuris (Maria Amandina), nun F. M. M. 1872 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Patrick Tun, 0. F. S., seminarian 1882 - 1900, 24 November -1946
Paul Chen, seminarian 1838 - 1861, 2 May 1909
Paul Denn, priest S. J. 1847 - 1900, 17 April 1955
Paul Keue-T'Ing-Tchou, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Paul Lang-Eull, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Paul Lieou, priest - 1818, 27 May 1900
Paul Liou-Tsinn-Tei, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Paul Ou-Kiu-Nan, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Paul Ou-Wan-Chou, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Peter Li-Ts'Uan, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Peter Lieou, catechist - 1834, 27 May 1900
Peter Liou-Tzeu-U, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Peter Sans i JordáBishop 0. P. 1680 - 1747, 14 May 1893
Peter Tchang-Pan-Nieu, 0. F. S 1849 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Peter Tchao-Ming, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Peter Tchou-Jeu-Sinn, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Peter U-Ngan-Pan, 0. F. S. 1860 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Peter Wang-OI-Man, layman 1870 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Peter Wang-Tsouo Long, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Philip Tchang, 0. F. S., seminarian, 1880 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Simon Tceng, 0. F. S 1854 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Simon Tsinn, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Tchang-Hoai-Lou, layman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Teodorico Balat, priest 0. F. M. 1858 - 1900, 24 November 1946
Teresa Kinn-Tsie, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Teresa Tchang-Hene-Cheu, laywoman - 1900, 17 April 1955
Thaddeus Lieou, priest - 1823, 27 May 1900
Thomas Sen-Ki-Kuo, 0. F. S. 1851 - 1900, 24 November 1946

2001
Agostino Roscelli
Francisca Salesia Aviat
Joseph Marello
Luigi Scrosoppi
Maria Crescentia Hoss
Paula Montal Fornes of Saint Joseph of Calasanz
Rafqa
Teresa Eustochio

2002
Benedicta Cambiagio Frassinello
Ignatius of Santhia
Josemaria Escriva
Juan Diego
Pauline of the Heart of Jesus in Agony Visentainer
Pedro de San Jose Betancur
Padre Pio

2003
Angela de la Cruz
Arnold Janssen
Daniel Comboni
Genoveva Torres Morales
Jose Maria Rubio y Peralta
Joseph Freinademetz
Jozef Sebastian Pelczar
Maria de Mattias
Maria Maravillas de Jesus
Pedro Poveda Castroverde
Urszula Ledochowska
Virginia Centurione Bracelli

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Life of Saint Pope John Paul II

1920
1930
1940
1950
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1970
1980
1990
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1920's Early Years
  • Born in Wadowice (Krakw), Poland.
    Born in Wadowice (Krakw), Poland.
    Born in Wadowice (Krakw), 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, Krakw.
    Enrolls in the Faculty of Philosophy (course of Polish Philosophy) at Jagellonian University, Krakw.
    Enrolls in the Faculty of Philosophy at Jagellonian University, Krakw.
    June 22, 1938
  • He and his father move to Krakw
    Young Karol and his father move to Krakw (Via Tyniecka 10).
    He and his father move to Krakw
    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 Krakw from Nazi occupation.
    The Russian Armed Forces free Krakw from Nazi occupation.
    The Russian Armed Forces free Krakw 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 Krakw
    Earns a master's degree in theology at the Jagellonian University in Krakw (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 Krakw
    December 16, 1948
  • Recalled to Krakw to be assistant pastor at St. Florian's.
    Recalled to Krakw to be assistant pastor at St. Florian's.
    Recalled to Krakw 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 Krakw 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 Krakw.
    Appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Mons. Eugeniusz Baziak of Krakw.
    Appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Baziak of Krakw.
    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 Krakw.
    Designated Metropolitan Bishop of Krakw.
    Designated Metropolitan Bishop of Krakw.
    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