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Melaie Pellicano 3A. Pope John Paul II. His real name is Karol Józef Wojtyła He was born in 18th May 1920 and died in 2nd April 2005. He was born in Wadowice in southern Poland. His mother, Emilia died when he was nine years old.
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Melaie Pellicano 3A Pope John Paul II
His real name is Karol Józef Wojtyła He was born in 18th May 1920 and died in 2nd April 2005. • He was born in Wadowice in southern Poland. • His mother, Emilia died when he was nine years old. • His youth was marked by extensive contacts with the then thriving Jewish Community of Wadowice. • He played football, was an athlete, actor and also a playwright. • Karol enrolled the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. • He worked as a librarian and did compulsory military training in the Academic Legion. Karol Wojtyła as a student, 1938
What I admire most about Pope John Paul II is that he was a very dedicated Pope and he kept working conscientiously until his death. • His early reign was marked by his opposition to communism. • He was also notable for speaking against consumerism, unrestrained capitalism, war, dictatorship, fascism, abortion, relativism, and what he deemed “The Culture of Death.” • He visited more than 100 countries, more than any of his predecessors. • Pope John Paul II traveled extensively and came into contact with believers from many divergent faiths. • He constantly attempted to find common ground, both doctrinal and dogmatic. • At the World Day of Prayer for Peace, held in Assisi on October 27, 1986, more than 120 representatives of different religions and Christian denominations spent a day together with fasting and praying. Pope John Paul II blessing faithful while visiting Brazil in 1997.
Pope John Paul II had a special relationship also with the Catholic youth and he is known by some as ‘The Pope for Y’outh’. • He still went mountain hiking when he was a Pope. • He established World Youth Day in 1984 with the intention of bringing young Catholics from all parts of the world together to celebrate their faith. • These week-long meetings of youth occur every two or three years, attracting hundreds of thousands of young people, who go there to sing, party, have a good time and deepen their faith. • As pope, John Paul’s II most important role was to teach people about Christianity. • He wrote 14 papal encyclicals that many observers believe will have long-lasting influence on the church. • His most faithful youths gathered themselves in two organizations: "papa boys" and "papa girls." Priest Karol Wojtyła on kayak trip