POPE JOHN PAUL II'S PONTIFICATE, SIXTH LONGEST IN HISTORY
Vatican City, 14 (NE) On October 16, a new anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II as
Successor of St. Peter will be commemorated. As the Vatican Information Service reported
yesterday, on October 17, 2000, his pontificate - at 22 years and 1 day - will become the sixth longest
in history, not including St. Peter. The five longest pontificates are: Blessed Pius IX (31 years, 8
months); Leo XIII (25 years, 4 months); Pius VI (24 years, 6 months); Adrian I (24 years) and Pius
VII (23 years, 5 months). Pope John Paul II, then Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, Poland, was
elected on October 16, 1978, becoming the 263rd Successor to St. Peter.