Pope John Paul II By Jakub Kaczmarek And Reece Honan
Background • In 1978 Pope John Paul II was the first pope for over 400 years not to be from Italy.
Iron Curtain • Poland and many other countries were under communist control from Russia.
Religion in the Iron Curtain • It was not acceptable to be a member of a religion in the Iron Curtain.
Surprise • The world was very surprised by the election of John Paul II.
Effect on the World • Pope John Paul II was first pope to travel to meet Catholic all over the world
Travel to Poland • When Pope John Paul II travelled to Poland it began to encourage people not to accept communism.
Solidarity • The workers in a shipyard in Krakow began to strike for democracy in Poland 1980.
Travel to Ireland • In 1979 the pope announced he would tavel to Ireland in September. This was to be the first papal visit to Ireland.
Mass in Dublin • Over 1 million people went to Phoenix Park to the Pope’s Mass.
Mass in Galway • Hundreds of thousands of young people went to mass in Galway. They sang for 20 minutes when the Pope said ‘Young People of Ireland, I love You!’
Drogheda Visit • In Drogheda the Pope called on all people involved in violence in Northern Ireland to stop.
Limerick Visit • On Monday Pope John Paul II visited Limerick to say Mass.
Pope Shot • In 1981 a Turkish man shot the pope twice but the pope survived an visited the man in prison to forgive him.
Effect on the World • Over the next few years all the countries in the Iron 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.
Longest Serving Pope • Pope John Paul was one of the longest serving popes until he died.
Saint • In 2014 he will be made a Saint for his good work.