NEWS SIDEBAR: Timeline of the Life of Pope John Paul II

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c. 2005 Religion News Service _ May 18, 1920: Born Karol Josef Wojtyla, in Wadowice, Poland, near Krakow, to father Karol Wojtyla and mother Emilia Kaczorowska. _ 1929: Mother dies of kidney and heart failure. _ 1932: Older brother Edmund dies of scarlet fever. _ 1938: Enrolls in the philosophy department of Jagellonian University in […]

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