Author Biography - John Paul II

John Paul II 

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Born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland, John Paul II lived through Nazi occupation during World War II, was ordained to the priesthood in 1946, and was appointed Archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul VI.

On October 16, 1978, he ascended to the papacy and adopted the name John Paul II. Since that time, he has greeted an estimated 16 million pilgrims at the Vatican's General Audiences on Wednesdays and has touched millions of lives in his religious ceremonies, special audiences, and trips throughout the world.

Articles by John Paul II

  • A Few Lessons for Living

    In A Few Lessons for Living, Pope John Paul II inspires people to live as faithful Christians in a sometimes challenging world.

Books by John Paul II

John Paul II: Lessons for Living

Pope John Paul II teaches us how to live a truly Christian life in these short, eloquent selections culled from his writings.

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Go in Peace

A Gift of Enduring Love

The best-selling distillation of the great pope’s most personal and inspirational thoughts.

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