Daleszyce, Poland

Our school

Our school

Hi!  We are John Paul II Junior High School in Daleszyce, Poland. Daleszyce is a town situated in the Holy Cross region famous for its beautiful Holy Cross Mountains, which are said to be the oldest in Europe, yet they are not very high. Our school is very big. It’s blue outside, but we say it’s full of sunshine inside. It’s friendly. There are over 4000 students there, both boys and girls. The building is very modern – it has even got lifts if someone has got problems with walking (broken legs). Can you see our school building?

Daleszyce and its landscape

Daleszyce and its landscape

We still remember John Paul II and we will always do. We want to follow his teaching. Every 16 October we celebrate our Patron’s Day.
Here you can find some basic information about him.

 Pope. Born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. John Paul’s early life was marked by great loss. His mother died when he was nine and his older brother Edmund died when he was twelve.

Growing up, John Paul was athletic and enjoyed skiing and swimming. He went to Krakow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 where he showed an interest in theater and poetry. The school was closed the next year by Nazi troops during the German occupation of Poland. Wanting to become a priest, John Paul began studying at a secret seminary run by the archbishop of Krakow. After World War II ended, he finished his religious studies at a Krakow seminary and was ordained in 1946.

John Paul spent two years in Rome where he finished his doctorate in theology. He returned to his native Poland in 1948 and served in several parishes in and around Krakow. John Paul became the bishop of Ombi in 1958 and then the archbishop of Krakow six years later. Considered one of the Catholic Church’s leading thinkers, he participated in the Second Vatican Council—sometimes called Vatican II. The council began reviewing church doctrine in 1962 and held several sessions over the course of the next few years. As a member of the council, John Paul helped the church to examine its position in the world. Well regarded for his contributions to the church, John Paul was made a cardinal in 1967 by Pope Paul VI.

In 1978, John Paul made history by becoming the first non-Italian pope in more than four hundred years. As the leader of the Catholic Church, he traveled the world, visiting more than 100 countries to spread his message of faith and peace. But he was close to home when he faced the greatest threat to his life. In 1981, an assassin shot John Paul twice in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Fortunately, he was able to recover from his injuries and later forgave his attacker.

John Paul II

John Paul II

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