Pope St. John Paul II (#265) Died This Day 12 Years Ago; April 2, 2005.
Quite the momentous day.
He was 84 and had been in ill health for years. So this was not a surprise.
He, as far as we know, had the 2nd longest papacy — at 26.46 years, Pius IX (#256) exceeding that with 31.65 years.
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