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Pope John Paul II


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Early Life and Education Pope John Paul II "Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you." Pope John Paul II was born to parents Karol Wojtyla, and Emilia Kacczorwska on May 18, 1920, by the name Karol Jósef
Wojtyla. Karol Wojtyla was born in a small Polish town- Wadowice- fifty kilometers from Kraków. He graduated Wadowita High School, and enrolled at Kraków's Jagiellonian University for drama in 1938. Later when Karol became aware of his call to priesthood, he began courses in the cladistine Seminary of Kraków. Karol Wojtyla was interested in drama from an early age, and enjoyed watching and writing plays, and scenes. He majored in drama for both high school and university. During 1940-1944, Karol acquired a job at the Solvay Chemical Factory to avoid being deported to Germany through the communistic times. He taught social ethnics at the Kraków Seminary from 1952-1958. In 1956, Karol taught at the University of Lublin. Vocation On November 1, 1946, Karol Wojtyla ordained to priesthood. Pope Pius XII appointed Karol an Auxiliary Bishop in Kraków and he was appointed a titular Bishop of Ombi. Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of Kraków on January 13 1964 and was made a Cardinal on June 26, 1967. Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II when the Cardinals selected him Pope at the Conclave of October 16, 1978. Pope John Paul became a peacemaker as he lived in a social and political region of communism and war, and hungered for peace and change. He believed God was calling him to priesthood, and his love of youth obliged him to make the world a better place after his experience of loss with the war. Influences triggering leadership as a Peacemaker Pope John Paul II shared his love for the world, and for people, as he was the most traveled pope in all history as he visited more than 120 countries in his 27 years of papacy, and made 104 pastoral visits outside Italy and 146 within Italy. As bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the city's 333 parishes. Pope John Paul II was the youngest pope in 132 years (age 58), and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. Pope John Paul II was an ardent advocate for universal human rights and world peace, and strove to improve the church's relationship with Judaism and Islam. He was the first pope to enter a synagogue and first to enter a mosque. Pope John Paul II was also publicly known for supporting aboriginal rights. Influences to Others "Today I have come in order to assure you that the Church stands with you" Pope John Paul II exercised the Petrine Missionary, and was a powerful opponent of communism. His non-violent activism was recognized with helping lead the the peaceful demounting of the Soviet Union. His first visit to Poland after becoming pope began a connecting series of events which would bring down the communist regimes against the Soviet Bloc. Pope John Paul II helped vanquish communism, served the poor and was named "the people's pope". Pope John Paul II wrote many documents and novels. His most important documents include 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, and 45 Apostolic Letters. In 1960 he published his most famous written work- Love and Responsibility. Pope John Paul died at the age of 84 due to natural causes- as he had Parkinson's disease. He passed away on April 2, 2005 at 9:37 pm in Rome Italy. The world wept, and mourned over the death of their beloved pope who transformed the world. Pope John Paul II was beautified Friday, January 14, 2011, on the Feast of Divine Mercy, and is now Blessed John Paul II. “Warsaw, Moscow, Budapest, Berlin, Prague, Sofia and Bucharest have become stages in a long pilgrimage toward liberty. It is admirable that in these events, entire peoples spoke out — women, young people, men, overcoming fears, their irrepressible thirst for liberty speeded up developments, made walls tumble down and opened gates.” Karol Wojtla My peacemaker Pope John Paul II inspired me, as with such a difficult childhood filled with loss and war, he continued to believe in a just world of peace. His experiences growing up in a communistic war zone shaped his decisions as he strived to change the world for the future generations. His love of youth and religion portrayed a major role in his everyday life and decision making- especially when creating religious documents. Pope John Paul II was a 'people's pope', fought for justice- depicting right from wrong, and forgave with an open heart. Reflection I can move the ideals and actions of Pope John Paul II in my community by attempting to eliminate judgment, and raise forgiveness. Pope John Paul II believed in equality, and justice, and the power of youth- which is important as equality, justice, togetherness are essential to continue the works and miracles of God. HE PREACHED HOPE.
Leader of the Roman Catholic Church
1920 - 2005 Pope John Paul II
Leader of the Roman Catholic Church
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