Pope John Paul II

TO GO WITH AFP STORY TO GO WITH AFP STORY (FILES) This file picture taken on October 16, 1978 at the Vatican shows cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland, who became Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope since Adrian VI of Holland in 1542. Pope John Paul II, who will be beatified on May 1, 2011 was a revered religious leader who revolutionized the papacy and contributed to the collapse of communism in eastern Europe but alienated many Roman Catholics with his conservative social views. AFP PHOTO / FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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