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The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II
John Paul II
"John Paul II travelled extensively, and met many important statesmen, monarchs and world leaders. At times he was uncompromising in his interpretation of the scriptures, and was sometimes seen as controversial."
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Pope John Paul II was born in Poland in 1920. What was his father's occupation at the time of his birth?
He was a pig farmer.
He was a professional musician.
He was an officer in the Polish army.
He was a village priest.
During his youth, Pope John Paul II actively participated in various sports. Which was not one of these sports?
What did Pope John Paul II do during the early years of the Second World War?
He was deported to Germany to work as an agricultural labourer.
He worked as a stonecutter in a quarry.
He escaped to England where he joined the armed forces.
He served in the Vatican as a junior priest.
Including the first pope, St. Peter, how many popes preceded John Paul II?
John Paul II was the youngest person ever to be elected pope.
John Paul II was elected pope on October 16th 1978. This year became known as 'the year of the three popes'. John Paul II's predecessor, John Paul I, reigned as pope for only thirty three days, but who was the other pope who reigned in 1978?
What important event in the life of Pope John Paul II occurred on May 13th 1981?
He became the first pope since St. Peter to visit Jerusalem.
An assassination attempt was made on him.
He met the head of the Anglican church, Dr. Robert Runcie.
He suffered a minor stroke, which thereafter limited his mobility.
How many U.S. presidents had a personal audience with Pope John Paul II?
Pope John Paul II held many titles, some of which were rarely used. Which of the following titles was not held by him?
Bishop of Rome
Primate of Italy
Vicar of Jesus Christ
Defender of the Faith
While travelling through the cities he visited, Pope John Paul II often used an unusual vehicle with high glass walls on all sides. By what common name did this vehicle become known?
the glass box
the pope's glasshouse
John Paul II met many world leaders during his Papacy. Which of the following national leaders did he *never* meet?
Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader
Fidel Castro, president of Cuba
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe
Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq
Pope John Paul II visited more countries than those of all previous popes combined.
Pope John Paul II expressed his disapproval over many issues. Which of these did he not publicly criticise or disapprove of?
He disapproved of all three
the 1991 and 2003 wars with Iraq
Apart from the first pope, St. Peter, who was reputed to have reigned for thirty five years, John Paul II was the longest reigning pontiff of all.
How old was Pope John Paul II when he died?
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