Karol Józef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) was the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. He was a vocal advocate for human rights and used his influence to effect political change. He died in Italy in 2005 and declared a saint on April
Words by Blessed Pope John Paul II: “The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one’s word to Christ and the Church. A duty and a proof of the priest’s inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.