Posted by: rbbadger | October 19, 2008

30th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II

On October 16, 1978, the College of Cardinals presented the world their surprising choice for the next Pope in the person of John Paul II.  From 1978 until his death in 2005, he lead the Catholic Church.  It was a very strange thing for me to no longer hear, “we pray for John Paul our Pope”, in the Mass.  His pontificate lasted nearly 30 years, something which is quite rarely seen in the history of the Church.

This video ought to bring back a memory or two.  And so, following his introduction by the Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals, Pope John Paul II addressed the crowd in St. Peter’s Square in flawless Italian, telling the people that the Cardinals had chosen a man “from a far country” and that if he makes “any mistakes in your, no our Italian language, you will have to correct me.”



  1. i keep forgetting it’s not john paul ii anymore. he was a good man.

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