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On May 181920 in Wadowice Poland Karol Jzef Wojtyla was born His parents names were Emilia and Karol they had an elder son named Edmund who was born on August 27 1906 Emilia also gave birth to a daughter however there are no records of her birth baptism or death as a baby Lolek as Karol Jzef was called by his family and friends was baptized by a military chaplain Father Franciszek Zak on June 201920 at St Marys Church September 15 1926 Karol began first grade at a local school Here he excelled in all areas of study religion math drawing singing games handicrafts and exercise Soon though his life would change forever Emilia was often very sick and died at the age of forty-five due to kidney failure and heart disease Lolek was only in the third grade at the time of his mothers death To this day Pope John Paul II keeps a photographic portrait of his parents on a table in his bedroom at both the Vatican and his summer residence at Castle Gandolfo and that is how he remembers his mother After Karols mother died his father referred to in Wadowice as the captain began to take on the responsibility of both parents Their day began at 7 oclock in the morning with mass at St Marys church where Lolek served as an alter boy They would then eat breakfast and get ready for school In the early afternoon Lolek would meet his father for the main meal of the day followed by two hours of playing and homework At night the captain would make a light meal for supper then the two would take walks together During his high school years Lolek began to grow closer to his elder brother Edmund They were never able to spend a lot of time together because Edmund was away at medical school When he moved closer to home
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