POPE JOHN PAUL II GOLD PLATTED MEDAL
Gold platted silver medal.
The medal is available in full gold too by writing your request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medal’s dimensions: 16 mm ø (diameter).
Each medal is sold without necklace.
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Pope John Paul II was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005.
He was elected pope by the second Papal conclave of 1978: Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him.
John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He upheld the Church’s teachings on such matters as the right to life, artificial contraception, the ordination of women, and a celibate clergy, and although he supported the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he was seen as generally conservative in their interpretation.
He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate.
He beatified 1,340 and canonised 483 people, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries.
John Paul II’s cause for canonisation commenced in 2005 one month after his death with the traditional five-year waiting period waived. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed Venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011 (Divine Mercy Sunday) after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to his intercession, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease. A second miracle attributed to John Paul II’s intercession was approved on 2 July 2013, and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later (two miracles must be attributed to a person’s intercession to be declared a saint). John Paul II was canonised on 27 April 2014 (again Divine Mercy Sunday), together with Pope John XXIII.