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Jozef Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election
to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city
50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920. Throughout his early twenties,
and during World War II, he had to work in a Nazi-run rock quarry to
earn a living and to avoid being deported to Germany.
In 1942, aware of his call to the priesthood, he began courses in the
clandestine seminary of Krakow, run by Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha,
archbishop of Krakow, and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop
Sapieha in Krakow on November 1, 1946. He carried out his priesthood
under the constant watchful eye of Poland's communist regime.
The Cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave of October 1978, and
he took the name of John Paul II. His election sent cheers through his
native Poland since he was the first Slav ever to take the seat of St.
His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted
nearly 27 years. During that time he would change the image of the papacy
forever, with a mass appeal never before seen in the history of the
John Paul The Great takes you through the extraordinary life of one
of the 21st century's greatest men.
- Poland's Native Son
- Called from a Far-Away Country
- Forging New Paths
- Papal Firsts
- Karl Wojtyla's Agony
Time: 1 hr | Production Year: 2005