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John Paul II Is Elected Pope Of The Catholic Church
On October 16, 1978 John Paul II is elected to be the Pope of the Catholic Church by cardinals in the Sistine Chapel at the age of 58. He was coronated eight days later on October 22.
He became the third-longest-serving pontiff in history (despite suffering from Parkinson's disease) and was responsible for creating more saints than any other Pope. He is also widely acknowledged for helping to bring down the Soviet empire through his private and public support of the Polish trade union movement Solidarity.
Posted: 2003-10-16 8:34:55 PM
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