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Pope John Paul II
Transcript of Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II actual name was Karol Wojtyla
He was very talented as a child, also said to be athletic
He enjoyed theater and poetry as well
By the time Karol was 12 both his mom(Emilia Wojtyla) & brother(Edmund Wojtyla) passed away .
Karol Wojtyla was born as a Catholic but his environment was surrounded by mainly Jews
Karol Wojtyla was born in Poland, known to be the largest country in Europe
Priest and Cardinal
Priest and Cardinal
1. What did Pope John Paul II like to do as a child?
2. When did Pope John Paul II become a Cardinal?
3. What event took place during Pope John Paul II's young adulthood that would leave a great impact on the world today?
4. By the age of 12 a tragic event had taken place in Pope John Paul II's family life. What had happened?
5. What was Pope John Paul II's original name?
6. Where was Pope John Paul II born?
7. Name one of Pope John Paul II's mentors.
8. When did Pope John Paul II become a priest?
9. What was Pope John Paul II's nickname?
10. How did Pope John Paul II become Pope?
Karol Wojtyla was ordained a priest on November 1st,
He had been encouraged by others to join the priesthood his whole life and his decision to finally enter into priesthood was based on the fact that so much tragedy was taking place in the world because of World War II
Karol received his first pastoral assignment from his longtime friend and mentor, Cardinal Sapieha, in 1948.
He was to be a pastor in an extremely poor town called Niegowic, 30 miles away from his hometown Krakow.
after he became a priest, he went on to receive his teaching degree
In Niegowic, he taught schoolkids. Despite the condition of the town, he maintained a positive outlook, and was friendly toward everyone.
7 months later, was sent to St. Florian's Church(a rich, fancy parish) in Krakow
2.5 years later, he was told to take a break from priestly duties so as to save himself from being killed by the Soviet Union
A few years later, while he was teaching at Catholic University of Lublin, he was asked to become bishop
9 years later, in 1967, Bishop Wojtyl became Cardinal Wojtyl and assisted Pope Paul VI in writing his encyclical
Vitae (Of Human Life),
which talked about the evils of abortion and contraceptives
He also contributed to the Declaration on Religious Liberty
By 1976, people knew that Cardinal Wotjyla was someone special and Pope Paul VI asked him to lead his Lenten retreat
A few years later while Cardinal Wotjyla was kayaking on a retreat, Pope Paul VI died due to a heart attack.
In October of 1978, as a part of the Conclave, Cardinal Wojtyla was elected Pope and took the papal name Pope John Paul II.
Cardinal Wojtyla was on the drafting Commission for the Pastoral Constitution of the Church
Pope John Paul I succeeded Pope Paul VI in the papacy but died after only 34 days in office
Karol was very intent on befriending and educating college students about morality and ethical topics
As a way of teaching these students, he liked to take them kayaking and other outdoor adventures
Filled with a firm religious belief by his father, Wojtyla attended Jagiellonian University in 1938, where he balanced studies with an interest in acting and religious inspired poetry.
The school was closed the next year by Nazi troops during the German occupation of Poland in 1939
Wojtyła did various works such as
a messenger for a restaurant, a manual labourer in a limestone quarry and for the Solvay chemical factory to avoid deportation to Germany.
He was a firsthand witness to the cruelty of Nazi occupation,
Wojtyla later began to join a cultural resistance movement
He supported himself and his mother by working as a tailor.
Jan was a central figure in the spiritual formation of the young Karol Wojtyla
He was the youth leader and student mentor at Wojtyla's university parish in the 1940s.
Wojtyla began attending weekly meetings which Tyranowski entitled the Living Rosary
Karol initially found the man almost unbearably intense but gradually understood his ways
Later in life Wojtyla stated about Jan that
"What he tried to teach us was new. He wanted to pull new listeners to this new life. Young people think they know everything … At the beginning they just couldn’t understand him – the truth about a … wholly internal life that was part of Jan and, for them, completely unknown."
Still wanting to become a priest while the war was still going on. He began studying at a secret seminary run by the archbishop of Krakow, Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha, on October 1942.
On February 29, 1944, Wojtyła was hit by a German truck. German officers tended to him and sent him to a hospital. He spent two weeks there recovering from a severe concussion and a shoulder injury.
It seemed to him that this accident and his survival was a confirmation of his vocation
When he gain his health back he return seminary and remained there till the war was over
Archbishop Sapieha later officially ordained him as a priest.