Day of Pope John Paul II in Poland Date in the current year: October 16, 2016

Day of Pope John Paul II in Poland Day of Pope John Paul II is a national holiday in Poland, that was created to celebrate the beginning of papacy of Pope John Paul II, a Polish priest, bishop and Cardinal.

Pope John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920. He studied at the seminary in Kraków and was ordained a priest on November 1, 1946. In 1958 he was appointed the Auxiliary Bishop of Kraków. His papacy began on October 16, 1978, when he was only 58 years old, thus becoming the youngest pope since Pope Pius X in 1846.

His papacy lasted till his death on April 2, 2005. The last years of his papacy were marked with severe health problems. His funeral took place on April 8, 2005 and it draw over 300,000 people, over 2 billion people watched the ceremony broadcast around the world.

Pope John Paul II became one of the most outstanding people of the 20th century. The Polish are proud of him and annually commemorate him on October 16. The decision of establishment Day of Pope John Paul II was adopted by the Polish government.

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