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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. His mother died when he was 9 years old, and his older brother Edmund died when he was 12. When growing up John Paul was a very athletic child and he enjoyed a lot of sports. He went to Krakow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 where he started becoming interested in theatre and poetry. The school was closed because of the occupation of Nazi's in Poland. John Paul became interested in becoming a priest and he began studying at a secret seminary run by the archbishop of Krakow. After World War 2 he finished his studies and was ordained in 1946. John served perishes in and around Krakow. John Paul became the bishop of Ombi in 1958 and then the archbishop of Krakow six years. he was a part of the Second Vatican Council later on was well regarded for his contributions to the church and John Paul was made a cardinal in 1967 by Pope Paul VI. In 1978, John Paul was the first non-Italian pope in more than four hundred years. As the leader of the Catholic Church, he traveled the world, visiting more than 100 countries to spread his message of faith and peace. He faced the greatest threat to his life in 1981, when an assassin shot John Paul twice in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Fortunately, he was able to recover from his injuries and later forgave his attacker. John Paul suffered from Parkinson’s disease in his later years and died on April 2, 2005, at the age of 84, at his Vatican City residence.


"As family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live." - Pope John Paul II

"Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create."- Pope John Paul II

"Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it."- Pope John Paul II

"Famous Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore. Web. 10 June 2015.

The first important event in Pope John Paul II's life was when John Paul lost his whole family and decided to become a priest. This event has impacted Catholics today because it shows that even when you lose everything there is still God with you. John Paul lost all he had, his family and he knew that he still had somewhere to turn to, God. This event is also the first step to which brought him to being a Pope and helping the large amount of Catholics and non-Catholics through his great deeds. The second important event in John Paul’s life was when he was elected to be the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years. This event impacted the Catholics of today because he had such a large voice being a Pope. John Paul helped people on an even larger scale because he was the Pope and he inspired so many Catholics with his sayings and great deeds. The final most important event in John Paul’s life was when he Visits Rome's synagogue, and becomes the first visit by a pope to a Jewish temple since the times of the apostles, and he calls Jews "Our beloved elder brothers". This event is important because it shows that Catholics should have love for everyone, every religion. This event shows us how John Paul was an amazing man who followed in Jesus' footsteps almost perfectly. This event impacted many Catholics because it showed how man can be like Jesus and that anyone could follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Most Important Events in Pope John Paul II's Life

For more than a decade bishops, theologians, and other experts worked on a collection of catholic writing regarding both faith and morals. They called it the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is a summary of the official teachings of Catholic beliefs including creeds, sacraments, commandments, and prayers, divided into four parts. The C.C.C has many articles about catholic beliefs like body image, love or the value of a human life. These articles teach us about these subjects and what we should do about them to be better Catholics. Body image for example is unimportant and we should not judge peoples body images. An example of a person who follows this rule is singer-song writer Meghan Trainor. Meghan is a celebrity that does not give in to the body images that are expected of celebrities today. She is large and proud of it and she does not judge on other people’s body images, in fact she has made a song that is all about embracing your body image and not caring about what the media has classified as the "normal" body. Meghan has inspired many people to not care about body image and to embrace their own.


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