Pope John Paul II
 
 

Archbishop Makarios


Michael Christodoulos Mouskos

Pano Panayia, Cyprus

A greek orthodox clergyman who became the first President of Cyprus in 1959.


Cardinal Richelieu

Armand-Jean du Plessis
Born: 9 September 1585
Paris, France
Died: 4 December 1642

Best known as the power behind the throne of Louis XIII


Pope Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger
Born: 16 April 1927
Bavaria, Germany


Successor to Pope John Paul II. Joseph Ratzinger began his service as a progressive and liberal theologian. Over time however, his philosophy turned sharply to the right. His papacy is expected to be marked by strict convervatism, traditionalism, and surpression of liberal and progressive voices: "better to be right, than popular".


Pope John XXIII

Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli
1881 - 1963
Italy

Born in Sotto Il Monte, which has since been renamed Sotto Il Monte Giovanni XXIII.


Pope John Paul II

Karol Wojtyla
Born: 18 May 1920
Wadowice, Poland
Died: 2 April 2005

The long serving pontiff was elected on 16 October 1978, becoming the first non-Italian pontiff in over 450 years and history's first Slavic Pope. For 26 years a spiritual beacon for people of all faiths, not just the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.


Pope Paul VI

Giovanni Battista Montini
1897 - 1978
Italy

Succeeded John XXIII.