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John Paul II

Syllabification: John Paul II

Definition of John Paul II in English:

( 1920–2005), Polish cleric; pope 1978–2005; born Karol Jozef Wojtyla; canonized in 2014 as St John Paul II. The first non-Italian pope since 1522, he traveled abroad extensively during his papacy and upheld the Roman Catholic Church’s traditional opposition to artificial contraception and abortion, homosexuality, the ordination of women, and the relaxation of the rule of celibacy for priests.

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