Saint John Paul II, as you’ve never seen him before

Saint John Paul II, as you’ve never seen him before

John Paul II was a modern man, living in step with his time. Aleteia invites you to discover 10 rarely seen photos of Karol Wojtyla, a pious man always devoted to others.

These candid photos of a young Karol Wojtyla show him enjoying the simple things in life: paddling a canoe, hiking with friends, lathering up for a good shave. No matter his surroundings, he was always full of enthusiasm for life and dedication to those around him.

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Aleteia invites you to discover 10 rarely seen photos of this modern day saint.

Saint John Paul II, as you’ve never seen him before

Saint John Paul II, as you’ve never seen him before

Msgr Karol Wojtyla during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land,1963

Msgr Karol Wojtyla during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land,1963

Karol Wojtyla with his aunt Maria Anna Wiadrowska in Krakow, 1943

Karol Wojtyla with his aunt Maria Anna Wiadrowska in Krakow, 1943

Karol Wojtyla shaving, 1959

Karol Wojtyla shaving, 1959

Karol Wojtyla on an expedition in the Bieszczady mountains, 1953

Karol Wojtyla on an expedition in the Bieszczady mountains, 1953

Karol Wojtyla during his military service, summer 1939

Karol Wojtyla during his military service, summer 1939

Karol Wojtyla canoeing on the Drawa river, 1955

Karol Wojtyla canoeing on the Drawa river, 1955

Karol Wojtyla as curate of the parish in Niegowic, between 1948 and 1951

Karol Wojtyla as curate of the parish in Niegowic, between 1948 and 1951

Karol Wojtyla as a clandestine seminarian in Krakow, 1942

Karol Wojtyla as a clandestine seminarian in Krakow, 1942

Fr. Karol Wojtyla during a trip to the Tatra mountains, between 1950 and 1959

Fr. Karol Wojtyla during a trip to the Tatra mountains, between 1950 and 1959

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla with Pope John Paul I, 1978

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla with Pope John Paul I, 1978

4 Karol Wojtyla as curate of the parish in Niegowic, 1948

4 Karol Wojtyla as curate of the parish in Niegowic, 1948

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