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Karol Joseph Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005
On May 18, 1920 Karol Joseph Wojtyla was born in Wadowice Poland. Little did anyone know that he would become the most recognized person in the world. You are probably asking yourself who is this man and how could he be the most recognized person in the world. That was made possible on October 16, 1978 when the College of Cardinals selected Karol, the first to hail from Poland and the first non Italian in 456 years, to lead the Roman Catholic Church and that is when he became known as Pope John Paul II.
It wasn't so much his selection as Pope that gave him the distinction as the most recognized person in the world. It is his many accomplishments, countless journeys throughout the world, and his humane attitude that has made him such a popular and loved person.
Pope John Paul II made himself accessible to the people. He opened his heart and his body to allow us to enter into his world. He has shown us to care, love, and pray for one another. It is these qualities that make him so revered and so loved. His generosity and love for people gave my Mother an opportunity to meet the Pope and to hold and kiss his hand. I will never get to say this in person so I am saying it here. Thank You!
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