Born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II is arguably the most famous and certainly the most colorful Pope in the history of the Catholic Church. A true Renaissance man, during his lifetime he has been a poet, writer, singer, musician, playwright, athlete, scholar, linguist, politician and theologian. In World War II, during the Nazi occupation of Poland, he joined the Resistance and soon after decided to enter the priesthood. This meant he was forced to attend seminary classes underground. Ordained in 1946, Karol Wojtyla's training and experience soon marked him as an exceptional priest and in 1958 he became Bishop of Krakow, then Archbishop in 1964. In 1967,Karol Wojtyla was elevated to Cardinal. In 1978 the College of Cardinals elected him to Pope, the first non-Italian Pope in almost 500 years, and the first Pope to come from Eastern Europe under Communist rule. Pope John Paul II - A Man for Our Age is an intimate portrait using rare Photos and seldom seen footage.
The Early Years (Pope John Paul II, his home and his family)
The Pope's Journey (in the Religious Life)
Poland 1979 (The historic home visit)
The Visit to Ireland in 1979 (Words for Peace)
The Visit to USA in 1979 (The speech to United Nations on Human Rights)
The Pope's Poem
Approximate running time: 40 minutes