HIS LIFE

  • Biography of John Paul II

    Karol Józef Wojtyla was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920.

  • Official Image

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  • Animated video

    What made John Paul II a Saint? In five minutes discover the answer by watching: "Saint John Paul II: The Life of a Holy Pope" 

Videos

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse
Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse
Pope to youth: be creative, courageous
Laudato Si in 140 Characters or Less
Laudato Si: Conversion, not climate change at heart of encyclical
Synod guiding document: families need the Church's message of mercy
Laudato Si: 3 Thoughts on the Pope's Environmental Encyclical
Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering, Pope Francis says
Vatican officially presents Laudato Si
Life and captivity in Syria: Carmelite shares his story
Caring for creation is a duty for all, Pope says ahead of encyclical launch
Pope Francis meets Prime Minister of Poland
Airport evangelization: Pope talks mercy, migrants, ministry in the air
When you care for a sick family member, you are a 'hidden hero,' Pope says
The Eucharist teaches us to care for the weakest of society, Pope Francis says
Pope remembers persecuted Christians during Corpus Christi
War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says
Pope offers prayers for victims of China's ferry disaster
Pope speaks about Holy Trinity during Angelus address
Pope Francis addresses engaged couples
Pope Francis visits Vatican departments
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