SAINT JOHN PAUL II, POPE
Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice. Ordained in Kraków, he went on to study theology in Rome. Upon returning to Poland, he performed various pastoral and academic duties. Consecrated auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Kraków, he became its Metropolitan Archbishop in 1964. He participated in the works of the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and chose the name John Paul II. As a zealous pastor he cared about people, above all families, and the young and sick. He made numerous apostolic journeys to the most distant corners of the world. The special fruit of his spirituality are: rich magisterium, as well as the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the canon law of the Roman and Eastern Churches. He died in Rome on 2 April 2005, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.
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