The world would later receive him as Saint Pope John Paul II.His name was Karol (Polish for Karl or Charles) Josef Wojtyla. However, given the disparity in numbers, he recounts that young Karol would volunteer to play on the Jewish team in order to make the game more competitive and even out the odds. Jerzy later participated in the dialogue which led to the extension of the Vatican's diplomatic recognition of the State of Israel.
He taught him to be self disciplined and to work hard. Another friend recalls entering the small apartment and finding father and son playing soccer with a ball made of rags.
John Paul II has presided at 138 beatification ceremonies ( 1,310 Blesseds proclaimed ) and 48 canonization ceremonies ( 469 Saints ) during his pontificate.
He has held 8 consistories in which he created 201 cardinals .
In 1942, aware of his call to the priesthood, he began courses in the clandestine seminary of Cracow, run by Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, archbishop of Cracow.
At the same time, Karol Wojtyla was one of the pioneers of the "Rhapsodic Theatre," also clandestine.