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Pope John Paul II elected in 1978

From all over the world, Catholic cardinals travel to the Vatican to choose the man who will lead the Church. CBC Digital Archives presents coverage of four such elections, from the election of John XXIII in 1958 through Paul VI in 1963 to two conclaves in 1978: John Paul 1 and John Paul II.

For the first time in 455 years, there's something new at the Vatican: a non-Italian pope. Less than three weeks after the unexpected death of John Paul I after just 33 days as pope, a conclave chooses Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the Archbishop of Poland, as the new pontiff. In this CBC news special, Cardinal Emile Léger, the former Archbishop of Montreal, talks to reporter Joe Schlesinger about what the Catholic Church is looking for in a pope for modern times.
• Pope John Paul II remained as pope until his death on Apr. 2, 2005. During his time as pope he beatified more people than all other popes combined since the 15th century. Beatification is the first step on the path to becoming a saint.

• John Paul II was himself beatified on May 1, 2011 by his successor Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany.

•  For more about John Paul II, see the CBC Digital Archives topic The 1984 Papal Visit.
Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: Oct. 17, 1978
Program: CBC News Special
Host: Larry Stout
Reporter: Joe Schlesinger
Guest: Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger
Duration: 14:40

Last updated: July 8, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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