Pope Celebrates 25th Anniversary NPR's Mike Pesca talks with David Gibson, a biographer of Pope John Paul II, about today's 25th anniversary of the Pope's election.

Pope Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Pope Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Pope John Paul II marks his 25th year as the head of the Roman Catholic Church and its 900 million faithful. The ailing pontiff, now 83, has indicated that ill health will not prompt him to give up his office. His tenure as pope is third-longest in church history.