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Jack GanserGanser 1
Mr. Manoni
Freshman Religion Period C
21 December 2012

The Pope we have now is Pope Benedict XVI. He was born with the name Joseph Ratzinger from is religious parents, Joseph and Maria Ratzinger. He is born April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn, Germany. He was elected pope after the heartbreaking death of John Paul II in 2005. He was elected on April 19, 2005 and still remains the pope. Pope Benedict has written many books and written many teachings related to some important issues of society. He has also made it clear that he will not give in to the pressures of modern society and is against topics such as abortion, homosexuality and birth control.

John Paul II was the leader of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. He was born on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, a town small town of 8,000 other Catholics families. His parents knew him as Karol Jozef Wojtyla. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. He was known as a very well rounded pope because he enjoyed traveling and he spoke eight different languages. Over the years, he became the most influential promoter for peace and human rights. John Paul II sent his personal representative to the United States to speak with President Bush before the war began to try and persuade the president to reconsider. Over the period of a lifetime, Karol Jozef Wojtyla, had many health issues. He was once hit by a bus as a boy and hit by a car in college. In his late 60's he was diagnosed with cancer and hip and knee ailments, but he still managed to life a very normal life until he was diagnosed with Parkinson disease. He later died on April 2, 2005.

Pope John Paul I, known as Albino Luciani, was born October 17, 1912 in a small town in Italy, Forno di Canale (now Canale d’Agordo). He was the pope from 26 August 1978 until his death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history. There are many conspiracies how he died, but many say he was...
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