||Pope John Paul II Rome Italian woven tapestry depicts an image of the late Pope John Paul II with Vatican City in the foreground.
Pope John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojty?a, 18 May 1920 ? 2 April 2005) was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after thirty-three days. Then-Cardinal Wojtyla was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted his predecessor's name out of tribute to the deceased former pontiff.