- we hunt the dead

Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła)
May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005
Basillica of St. Peter - Vatican City (Rome, Italy)


Pope John Paul II was born in Poland and became the 264th Roman Catholic pope in 1978.  He was considered by many to be the fittest modern pope in his younger years, but was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the 90s.

We were a bit confused as to where the burials were with St. Peter's when we first entered the basilica.  There are over 100 burials in and under the building, the majority of them being in what is known as the Vatican Grotto beneath.  Follow the signs to the Grotto -you can't miss it!


Factoid:  John Paul II spoke Polish, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Croatian, Portuguese, Russian and Latin.

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