Religion Bulletin: Pope John Paul II becomes first non-Italian pope in 456 years

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On Oct. 16, 1978, the Roman Catholic College of Cardinals elect the first non-Italian pope in 456 years. After Pope John Paul I died after only serving 33 days as pope, the College of Cardinals held their second conclave of 1978, voting Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as the new pontiff. Wojtyla took the name Pope John Paul II and went on to become the second-longest serving pope in modern history. Also known as the most traveled pope - traveling approximately 7221,052 miles - John Paul II has been recognized as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland, and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II also helped improve the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam and the Eastern Orthodox Church. John Paul II was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church on April 27, 2014.

Pope John Paul II (right), with President Jimmy Carter, became the first non-Italian pope elected in 456 years on Oct. 16, 1978. [Photo by Bill Fitz-Patrick (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons]

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Oct. 17: Navratri (Hindu)

Oct. 19: Birthday of the Bab (Baha’i)

Oct. 25: Dussehra (Hindu)

Oct. 28: Mawlid (Islamic)

Oct. 31: Samhain (Pagan and Wiccan)

Nov. 1: All Saints Day (Christian)

Nov. 2: Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie (Rastafarian)

Nov. 12: Birthday of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

Nov. 14: Diwali (Hindu)

Nov. 15: New Year (Jain)

Nov. 30: St. Andrew’s Day (Roman Catholic)

Nov. 30: Guru Nanak Ji’s birthday (Sikh)


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New Zealand [Photo by SKopp (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons]

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of New Zealand is:

- Christian: 37.3%

- Hindu: 2.7%

- Maori: 1.3%

- Muslim: 1.3%

- Buddhist: 1.1%

- Other: 1.6%

- None: 48.6%

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