Józef Wojtyła

[Pope John Paul II]

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John Paul II, sometimes called Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great, born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18 May 1920, Wadowice, Republic of Poland – 2 April 2005, Vatican City), reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was the second-longest serving Pope in history and the first non-Italian since 1523.

A very charismatic figure, John Paul II was acclaimed ... more »

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  • ''The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.''
    John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) (b. 1920), Polish ecclesiastic, pope. Quoted in Observer (London, June 9, 1991).
  • ''Be not afraid!''
    John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] (b. 1920), Polish-born priest, pope. Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 4, Knopf (1994).
  • ''As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.''
    John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] (b. 1920), Polish ecclesiastic, pope. quoted in Observer (London, Dec. 7, 1986).
  • ''Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family—a domestic church.''
    John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] (b. 1920), Polish ecclesiastic, pope. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 31, 1982).
  • ''Truth must be the foundation stone, the cement to solidify the entire social edifice.''
    John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] (b. 1920), Polish ecclesiastic, pope. Times (London, May 18, 1988).
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