Karol Wojtyla

Catholic Courier    |    02.24.2003
Category: Kids Chronicle

When Karol Wojtyla was a 9-year-old boy in Poland, his mother died. Karol's father did his best to ensure that his son received a good education, while allowing time for the boy to play sports. When Karol was a teenager, he had to go to work in a factory in order to contribute much needed money to his family. This was during the time when Poland was occupied by German military forces in the 1940s.
Karol knew he did not want to work in a factory for the rest of his life, and he knew God was calling him, so he decided he wanted to become a priest. After studying without the knowledge of the German soldiers, Karol was ordained in 1946. He spent some time in Rome, but returned to Poland to preach, write and help people in need, especially those who were working in factories. Karol became a bishop and participated in the Second Vatican Council. In 1978, Karol was elected pope.
We know him as John Paul II.

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