"They called him from a faraway land
- far and yet always close
because of our communion
in faith and Christian traditions"

Stormy 1978

John Paul II was the first non-Italian Pope
elected in 455 years. His election turned out
to be a landmark event in the history
of the Church and the world.

1978 Conclave

"If they elect you, do not refuse it"

The Polish Primate supported Cardinal Wojtyla's
candidacy for the Pope and suggested
that he take the name John Paul II.
Memorable Conclave

Spilled coffee

"Let us consider it... after all, it’s better
that Wojtyla is the Pope there
than the Primate here"

The election of a Polish cardinal
to the Holy See triggered enthusiasm
in the streets of Polish cities
and panic among representatives
of the communist authorities.
Spilled coffee - reactions in Poland

From a faraway
land

"I am not speaking to you in your
– no, our Italian language.
If I make a mistake,
please ‘kirrect’ [sic] me…"

The news of the election of Pope John Paul II,
a Pope from the Eastern Bloc,
made headlines and moved
public opinion around the world.
From a faraway land

New Style
of the Pope

„Do not be afraid! Open,
I say open wide the doors to Christ!”

In the very first days the courage of the new Pope
was demonstrated, as well as his openness
and ease of contact with large congregations.
New Style of the Pope
Jan Paweł I
John Paul I (Albino Luciani)
Franz König
Franz König
John Krol
John Krol
Andrzej
Maria Deskur
card. Andrzej Maria Deskur
Stanisław
Dziwisz
Stanisław Dziwisz

People

Sistine Chapel

John Paul II,
extract from “The Roman Triptych”

Interestings Facts
Chi è [Who is it?]
Surprise in Poland
Chi è [Who is it?] Reactions at St Peter's Square
Nobody expected that to happen. Numerous Romans and tourists gathered in St Peter's Square expected the name of the new Pope to be announced and his appearance on the balcony. They could have presumed that it would be an Italian, as it was for 455 years.... Among them was Róża Siemieńska, an actress and member of the Primate Institute. How did the Italians react to the news that the Pope came from Poland? Nobody expected that to happen. Numerous Romans and tourists gathered in St Peter's Square expected the name of the new Pope to be announced and his appearance on the balcony. They could have presumed that it would be an Italian, as it was for 455 years.... Among them was Róża Siemieńska, an actress and member of the Primate Institute. How did the Italians react to the news that the Pope came from Poland?
Is he ok? Fr. Jan Góra recalls
The news of the election of John Paul II on the Radio Free Europe got to Poland and as quick as a flash spread throughout the country. Apart from joy, the initial reaction was disbelief. Fr Jan Góra, a Dominican, found out about the results of the conclave in the monastery, under unusual circumstances...

Audio – related materials
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Announcement of the election of the Pope - Annuncio vobis... Habemus Papam
Pope John Paul II is speaking from the balcony of St Peter's Basilica
Inauguration of the pontificate of John Paul II, 22.10.1978 - abbreviation [broadcast in English].
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