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Joint Issue with Poland: The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Pope John Paul II (1920 – 2005) Issue number
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John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyła, on 18th May 1920 in Wadowice (Poland). He was the second son of Karol and Emilia Wojtyła (née Kaczorowska). His mother passed away when he was nine, followed by his brother Edmund three years later. His father died in 1941. During World War II Wojtyła began to study theology in secret and after the liberation of Poland, he completed his studies at the Jagiellonian University. Wojtyła took holy orders in November 1946 and was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of Cracow in July 1958. In December 1963 he became the Archbishop of Cracow and...

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