Pope John Paul the II was born on May 18 1920 in Poland. He had a hard early life because his mother died when he was nine. Another bad incident was when his brother died when he was 14 which was very hard for him. The biggest loss of his life was his dad at age 21, he was really close to his father because the rest of his family died early. Pope John Paul the II's real name was Karol Jozef Wojty. Pope John Paul the II entered St. Peters Square in 1981 and was shot (an attempt to assassinate him) and was seriously wounded. Interesting enough the bullet used in his assassination attempt was placed in the crown of an Our Lady of Fatima statue on May 13, 1982 because he was shot on the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. (Encyclopedia of World)

Pope John Paul the II was ordained a priest in 1946. He became the bishop of Ombi in 1958. When he became archbishop of Krakow in 1964 he started to become well known throughout the Church community. Pope John Paul the II became a cardinal in 1967 because John Paul the I died. (Lives of Popes) He became a pope in 1978 and is called Blessed Pope John Paul the II.During WWII Pope john Paul the II worked in a chemical factory and his father was an army sergeant when he was young. Pope John Paul the II enjoys skiing and swimming and love to watch them on TV. The most interesting fact about him was that he was the first non-Italian pope in over 400 years. (Europe History)

During his life Pope John Paul the II made significant contributions to the Vatican. Some of these were agreements with the USA and the rest of Europe that brought close to those countries. When he was a teenager he lived through WWII during the Poland occupation by the Naziz and had to practice the Catholic religion secretly, which was punishable by death in that time. (World Biography)Pope John Paul the II was a very interesting man and loved to go skiing and swimming when he was younger, but he still watched them on TV. I think he was a great pope because he really cared for others like when he visited the man in prison who shot him, most people wouldn't do that so i conclude that he was a very caring man.(Bio.com)

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  • McBrien, Richard P. Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997. Print.
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