PARIS – Musée Grévin – Ioannes Paulus PP II

T he Servant of God Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II), born Karol Józef Wojtyla, reigned as pope of the Catholic Church for almost 27 years, from 16 October 1978 until his death, making his the third-longest reign in the history of the Papacy according to the Roman Catholic tradition. He was the first non-Italian to reign since the 16th century. His early reign was marked by his opposition to Communism, and he is often credited as one of the forces which brought about the fall of the Soviet Union. In other domains, he advocated socially conservative values such as opposition to abortion, the ordination of women, same-sex marriage, secular democracy, and divorce, but also economically progressive ones such as an emphasis on social justice and the fight against poverty. During his reign, the pope traveled extensively, visiting over 100 countries, more than any of his predecessors. During his reign Catholicism’s decline continued in developed countries but it expanded in the Third World. Pope John Paul II was extremely popular worldwide, attracting crowds of millions during many of his travels, and being respected by many even outside of the Catholic Church.

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  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: PARIS
  • Country: France
  • Available: no
  • Location: PARIS, France