Pope John Paul II. By Martin Hayes and Nabel Sodipe. Background. In 1978 Pope John Paul II was the first pope for over 400 years not to be from Italy. . Famous. Pope John Paul II was from Poland. Iron Curtain. Poland and many other countries were under communist control from Russia .
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By Martin Hayes and Nabel Sodipe
In 1978 Pope John Paul II was the first pope for over 400 years not to be from Italy.
Pope John Paul II was from Poland.
Poland and many other countries were under communist control from Russia.
It was not acceptable to be a member of a religion in the Iron curtain countries.
The world was very surprised by the election of pope John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II was the first pope to travel to meet Catholics all over the world.
When Pope John Paul II travelled to Poland it began to encourage people not to accept communism.
The workers in a shipyard in Krakow began to strike democracy in Poland in 1980.
In 1979 the pope announced he would travel top Ireland in September.
This was the first papal visit to Ireland
Over 1 million people went to Phoenix Park to the Pope’s Mass.
Hundreds of thousands of young people went to mass in Galway. They sang for 20 minutes when the pope said “Yong people of Ireland I love You”.
In Drogheda the pope called on all people involved in violence in Northern Ireland to stop.
On Monday John Paul II visited Limerick To say mass
In 1981 a Turkish man shot the pope twice but the pope survived and visited the man in the in prison
Over the next few years all the countries in the Curtain Area got their democracy and many said that the pope helped.
Some countries who had been taken over by Russia after World War II were freed
Pope John Paul II was one of the longest serving Popes until he died.
IN 2014 he will be made a Saint for his good work