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St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

Artwork Narrative:

Beauty is an invitation to savor life and dream of the future. It is a call to transcendence.
—Saint John Paul II

His feast day is October 22.

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Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. He was a vocal advocate for human rights and used his influence to effect political change. He died in Italy in 2005. It was announced in July of 2013 that he would be declared a saint in April of the following year.