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The Visit of Pope John Paul II
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Jozef Baláž
Martin Činovský
May 29, 1995
Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Rotary-recess printing combined with recess printing
FDC Design:  Jozef Baláž
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Jozef Baláž
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

John Paul II - Karol Wojtyla, the first Slav pope and the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI.

He was born on May 18th 1920 in Wadowice in Poland. In 1994 he began secretly to study theology and then, following the liberation of Poland, continued his studies at the Jagiello University. On November 11th 1946 he took holy orders. On September 7th 1958 he was named bishop of Ombia and suffragan bishop of the Cracow see. On December 30th 1963 he was named archbishop of Cracow and on June 26th 1967 cardinal. He was already an established and acknowledged figure when, on October 16th 1978, he was elected pope with a large majority of votes in the conclave of cardinals and at a relatively young age.

Among the numerous trips to many countries all over the world undertaken by the pope since his election, we recall his first visit to us five years ago. Our Christian countrymen look forward to his imminent second visit to Slovakia.

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