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Karol Wojtyła – John Paul II 1978 – 2018

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Exactly 40 years ago, on October 16, 1978, at 18.44, from the balcony of of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, cardinal Pericle Felici announced to the world the result of the second conclave in the year of 1978, these are the words:

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum! Habemus Papam! Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Carolum. Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinal Wojtyla!

The metropolitan of Cracow, cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected as the new Pope on the third day of the conclave, in the eighth vote, took the name of John Paul II. He was 264 Pope in the history of the Rome’s Catholic Church and the first no Italian Pope for over 455 years. At the time of his election he was only 58 years old, and therefore he was the youngest of all popes for over 150 years. He was not only the first Polish Pope to the Holy See but as well the first Pope of the Slavs.

The nearly 27-year pontificate of the Polish Pope, the third longest in the history of the Church, completely changed the face of the papacy and contributed to the collapse of the communist system.