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2 March 1459
Birth of Adriaan Florenszoon Boeyens, Future Pope Adrian VI

Birth of Adriaan Florenszoon Boeyens, Future Pope Adrian VI

18 May 1920
Birth of Karol Jozef Wojtyla, Future Pope John Paul II

Birth of Karol Jozef Wojtyla, Future Pope John Paul II

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1 November 1946
Future Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla, is Ordained Priest

Future Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla, is Ordained Priest

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16 October 1978
Karol Jozef Wojtyla Elected as Pope John Paul II

Karol Jozef Wojtyla Elected as Pope John Paul II

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12 November 1978
Pope John Paul II Takes Charge of St. John Lateran's Basillica

Pope John Paul II Takes Charge of St. John Lateran's Basillica

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4 March 1979
Pope John Paul II Releases First Encyclical, Appeals to Universal Human Rights

Pope John Paul II Releases First Encyclical, Appeals to Universal Human Rights

2 June 1979
Pope John Paul II Makes First Official Visit to Communist Poland

Pope John Paul II Makes First Official Visit to Communist Poland

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3 October 1979
Pope John Paul II Gives Speech Praising Individual Liberty and Freedom

Pope John Paul II Gives Speech Praising Individual Liberty and Freedom

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6 October 1979
Pope John Paul II Becomes First Pope to Visit White House

Pope John Paul II Becomes First Pope to Visit White House

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15 May 1980
Pope John Paul II Defends Dogma of Papal Infallibility

Pope John Paul II Defends Dogma of Papal Infallibility

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22 June 1980
Kateri Tekakwitha, Early Iroquois Catholic Convert, Beatified by Pope John Paul II

Kateri Tekakwitha, Early Iroquois Catholic Convert, Beatified by Pope John Paul II

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13 May 1981
Assassination Attempt Made on Pope John Paul II by Mehmet Ali Agca

Assassination Attempt Made on Pope John Paul II by Mehmet Ali Agca

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15 September 1981
Pope John Paul II Issues Encyclical Against Excesses & Errors of Capitalism & Marxism

Pope John Paul II Issues Encyclical Against Excesses & Errors of Capitalism & Marxism

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11 October 1981
Pope John Paul II Denounces Secularism and Materialism

Pope John Paul II Denounces Secularism and Materialism

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25 November 1981
Future Pope Benedict XVI Appointed as Head of the Inquisition - the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

Future Pope Benedict XVI Appointed as Head of the Inquisition - the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

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12 May 1982
Pope John Paul II Survives Assassination Attempt by Spanish Priest

Pope John Paul II Survives Assassination Attempt by Spanish Priest

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9 May 1983
Pope John Paul II Admits Catholic Church Erred in Condemning Galileo

Pope John Paul II Admits Catholic Church Erred in Condemning Galileo

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2 February 1986
Pope John Paul II Meets 14th Dalai Lama in India

Pope John Paul II Meets 14th Dalai Lama in India

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13 April 1986
Pope John Paul II Visits Rome's Central Synagogue

Pope John Paul II Visits Rome's Central Synagogue

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1 May 1987
Edith Stein, Jewish Convert to Catholicism, is Beatified

Edith Stein, Jewish Convert to Catholicism, is Beatified

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25 June 1987
Pope John Paul II Meets Austrian President Kurt Waldheim Despite Controversy

Pope John Paul II Meets Austrian President Kurt Waldheim Despite Controversy

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26 August 1987
Madalyn Murray O'Hair Files Lawsuit to Stop Postmark Honoring Pope's Visit

Madalyn Murray O'Hair Files Lawsuit to Stop Postmark Honoring Pope's Visit

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1 September 1987
Federal Judge Rules Against Attempt Block School Closing for Pope John Paul II's Visit

Federal Judge Rules Against Attempt Block School Closing for Pope John Paul II's Visit

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2 July 1988
Pope John Paul II Condemns Consecration of Four Bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

Pope John Paul II Condemns Consecration of Four Bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

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30 September 1988
Pope John Paul II Claims to Uphold Basic Equality Between Men & Women

Pope John Paul II Claims to Uphold Basic Equality Between Men & Women

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4 March 1989
Vatican Denounces Salman Rushdie's Book as Blasphemous

Vatican Denounces Salman Rushdie's Book as Blasphemous

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25 March 1991
Death of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

Death of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

21 March 1993
Duns Scotus Canonized by Pope John Paul II

Duns Scotus Canonized by Pope John Paul II

4 September 1993
Pope John Paul II Starts First Visit to Former Soviet Union

Pope John Paul II Starts First Visit to Former Soviet Union

5 October 1993
Pope John Paul II Says Catholic Church Has Authority to Pronounce Definitive Moral Truths for Everyone

Pope John Paul II Says Catholic Church Has Authority to Pronounce Definitive Moral Truths for Everyone

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30 May 1994
Pope John Paul II: Ban on Female Priests is not Debatable

Pope John Paul II: Ban on Female Priests is not Debatable

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26 March 1995
Pope John Paul II Orders Catholics to Ignore Religiously Unjust Laws

Pope John Paul II Orders Catholics to Ignore Religiously Unjust Laws

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9 October 1996
Pope Paul II Tells Catholics to Reject Secularism, Mix Religion in Politics

Pope Paul II Tells Catholics to Reject Secularism, Mix Religion in Politics

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3 May 1997
Pope John Paul II Beatifies Ceferino Jimenez Malla - Died Trying to Defend Catholic Priest

Pope John Paul II Beatifies Ceferino Jimenez Malla - Died Trying to Defend Catholic Priest

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10 May 1997
Pope John Paul II Makes First Middle Eastern Trip to Lebanon

Pope John Paul II Makes First Middle Eastern Trip to Lebanon

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27 September 1997
FFRF Files Suit Against Denver Monument to Pope John Paul II

FFRF Files Suit Against Denver Monument to Pope John Paul II

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25 January 1998
Pope John Paul II Visits Cuba

Pope John Paul II Visits Cuba

8 October 1998
Pope John Paul II Beatifies Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, Archbishop of Zagreb During WW II

Pope John Paul II Beatifies Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, Archbishop of Zagreb During WW II

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11 October 1998
Pope John Paul II Canonizes Edith Stein, Jewish Convert to Catholicism Killed in Auschwitz

Pope John Paul II Canonizes Edith Stein, Jewish Convert to Catholicism Killed in Auschwitz

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27 January 1999
First Time a Rabbi Reads Scripture During Papal Liturgy

First Time a Rabbi Reads Scripture During Papal Liturgy

8 May 1999
Pope John Paul II Visits Romania

Pope John Paul II Visits Romania

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13 July 1999
Sister Gramick & Rev. Nugent Ordered to Stop Ministry to Gays & Lesbians

Sister Gramick & Rev. Nugent Ordered to Stop Ministry to Gays & Lesbians

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28 July 1999
Pope John Paul II: Hell is a State of Rejecting God, Not a Place or Location

Pope John Paul II: Hell is a State of Rejecting God, Not a Place or Location

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6 November 1999
Hindu Fundamentalist and Nationalists Protest Visit to India by Pope John Paul II

Hindu Fundamentalist and Nationalists Protest Visit to India by Pope John Paul II

19 December 1999
Pope John Paul II Denounces and Apologizes for Execution of Jan Hus in 1415

Pope John Paul II Denounces and Apologizes for Execution of Jan Hus in 1415

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6 August 2000
Pope John Paul II: Catholic Christianity Superior to Other Religions

Pope John Paul II: Catholic Christianity Superior to Other Religions

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18 May 2001
Pope John Paul II: Sex Abuse Allegations Must Be Reported to Vatican, Not Police

Pope John Paul II: Sex Abuse Allegations Must Be Reported to Vatican, Not Police

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21 March 2002
Pope John Paul's II Response to Sex Abuse in Church: Commit to Search for Holiness

Pope John Paul's II Response to Sex Abuse in Church: Commit to Search for Holiness

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15 April 2002
Pope John Paul II Calls American Cardinals to Vatican for Meeting about Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope John Paul II Calls American Cardinals to Vatican for Meeting about Sex Abuse Scandal

23 April 2002
American Cardinals Meet with Pope John Paul II to Discuss Sex Abuse Crisis

American Cardinals Meet with Pope John Paul II to Discuss Sex Abuse Crisis

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