Pope John Paul II By Josie Hunter

Early Life:

  • Born: May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland
  • Family: Karol Wojtyla Sr. (father), Emilia Wojtyla (mother), and Edmund (older brother)
  • John's life was filled with many tragic events. For example, his mother passed away when he was just 9 and then Edmund passed away when he was 12
  • John enjoyed many activities like skiing and swimming
  • Education: Krakow's Jagiellonian University (1938)
  • John Paul wanted to fulfill his dream of becoming a priest. He did this by attending a seminary run in secret by Krakow's archbishop
  • He finished the process of becoming a priest in 1946 after World War II ended
John Paul and his mother and father.

Becoming a Bishop:

  • After going to Rome for two years, John Paul came back to Poland and was the pastor at many parishes
  • In 1958, John Paul became the bishop of Ombi
  • In 1964, he became Krokow's archbishop
  • John Paul was a very important member in the Second Vatican Council
  • In 1967, John Paul was recognized by the pope and named a cardinal

Becoming the Pope:

  • Cardinal Wojtyla became the pope in 1978
  • Immediately after he was ordained, Pope John Paul II began to spread the message of Christ by going to speak in many different countries
  • At St. Peter's Square in 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot two times
  • His recovery was fast and he never held anything against the man who shot him


  • Creator of World Youth Day
  • Created the World Meetings of Families because of his interest with families and marriage
  • Established the Pontifical John Paul II for Studies
  • In 2004, Pope John Paul II was given the Presidential Metal of Freedom
  • Over his life, Pope John Paul II also wrote many books about things like civil rights
  • Over his time as pope he fought for the rights of all people


  • Pope John Paul II's health began to weaken
  • In 2001, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
  • On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II passed away
  • Millions of people paid their respect to the pope and honored all of the good things he had accomplished
  • On April 27, 2014, Pope John Paul II was canonized a saint

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