VATICAN 2 EURO COMMEMORATIVE COIN 2020: Centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II. Karol Wojtyla was born on 18 May 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. Elected pope on 16 October 1978, he governed the Catholic Church until his death on 2 April 2005. John Paul II was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 1 May 2011 and canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014. The coin, designed by Gabriella Titotto, features a strong portrait of Saint John Paul II, with the Cathedral of Wadowice (the Minor Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) where he was baptized and on the right the house where he was born.