Caption: Images of Pope John Paul II are displayed at a souvenir shop in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland
, in 2011 before his May 1 beatification that year.
Karol Wojtyla was born May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland
, in a house owned by a Jewish family.
Born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland
, in 1920, John Paul brought a new vitality to the Vatican when he became the first non-Italian pope for 455 years in 1978.
Pilgrims are seeking healing at the foot of a new statue of Pope John Paul II in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland
Pope John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojityla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland
Karol Wojtyla is born in Wadowice, Poland
to Karol Snr and Emilia
Perhaps the abiding legacy of the man born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland
, is that he made himself important not just to Catholics, not just to other Christians, but to those of other faiths and even no faith at all.
People in the Pope's hometown of Wadowice, Poland
, fell to their knees and wept as the news of his death reached them at the end of a special Mass in the church where he worshipped as a boy.
In Wadowice, Poland
, where the Pope was born, people left school and work and headed to church to pray for their native son.
John Paul waves to pilgrims from his library before he was rushed to hospital; Churchgoers in Wadowice, Poland
, the Pope's home town, pray for him
Pope John Paul II, 81: John Paul II, in Latin Johannes Paulus, was born in Wadowice, Poland
and in 1978, he became the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years.
May 18, 1920: Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in Wadowice, Poland