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Stories Of Karol - The Unknown Life Of John Paul II

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Catalog Code: 9780764815744

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Gian Franco Svidercoschi

Countless biographies have been written about Pope John Paul II. Now, a well-know Vatican insider reveals new details about Karol Wojtyla's youth, from his birth to his election to the papal throne. Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II originated as a 20-part radio program that aired from January to March 2001 and was narrated by the author himself.

From the Preface to Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II - "It would seem a contradiction to propose a history of Karol Wojtyla up to his election as pope, now when his pontificate turns toward the home stretch .... I have chosen to tell only part of the story of John Paul II.... This decision was born of the belief that in order to understand ... the first Slavic pope, one must go back to his origins, to the roots of his vocation, and to the different experiences and situations out of which his character has emerged."

This short, readable book chronicles the growth and young life of this beloved pontiff through stories about his family, his vocation, and his intellectual training. It is suitable for both for adults and young people.

Table of Contents:

Born in Freedom
The Boys of Wadowice
September 1, 1939
Hitler's "New Order"
Experience as a Worker
Without a Father
Words as Weapons
The Tailor-Catechist
"I Want to Become a Priest"
"The Ghetto No Longer Exists"
The Heroes of Montecassino
Poland Betrayed
The False Liberators
The Hell of Auschwitz
The First Mass
Discovering Rome
A Country Parish
Young People Against the Lie
The Proletariat Rebels
"A Slavic Pope is Coming"

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