After his father’s death, he began thinking about becoming a priest. In 1942, he went to Archbishop’s Palace to inform that he wanted to study priesthood. Then on November 1, 1946, after completing his studies at the seminary, he was ordained as “priest”.
On 8th of September 1958, he became the youngest bishop in Poland at the age of 38. His title was “Bishop of Ombi”. On January 13, 1964, he was appointed as “Archbishop of Krakow”. Three years after, he became promoted to being a Cardinal on June 26, 1967.
On 1978, Karol Wojtyla won in the election of Papacy and he chose the name of “John Paul II” in honour of “Pope John Paul I”, his immediate predecessor.
Famous teachings of Pope John Paul II were:
“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”When he became pope he was already an avid sportsman and at the age of 58, he was extremely healthy and active. Thus, on 1980 he was labeled as the “keep-fit pope” in an Irish Independent article.
On April 2, 2005 around 3:30 he spoke his last word of “Let me depart to the house of the Father”; then later on fell into comma. He was then later on declared dead around 9:37 due to heart failure at his private apartment.
Pope John Paul II will never be forgotten. He will always be alive in the hearts of those lives that he has touched. He was, still is, and will still remain one of the dearest Catholic leaders of our time.