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Pope John Paul II

Poland 1920 1920


Pope John Paul II made history in 1978 by becoming the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years.

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. He was a vocal advocate for human rights and used his influence to effect political change. He died in Italy in 2005. It was announced in July of 2013 that he would be declared a saint in April of the following year.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Anything done for another is done for oneself.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Peace is not just the absence of war. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

The worst prison would be a closed heart.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

The only way to peace is forgiveness. To accept and give forgiveness makes possible a new quality of rapport between men, interrupts the spiral of hatred and revenge and breaks the chains of evil which bind the hearts of rivals.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Love is never defeated.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.