Committee of Ministers Chairmanship – Poland : November 2004 – May 2005 

Karol Józef Wojtyła, devenu Jean-Paul II à son élection au Siège apostolique, est né le 18 mai 1920 à Wadowice, petite ville située à 50 km de Cracovie. A compter de 1942, ressentant sa vocation au sacerdoce, il suit les cours de formation du Séminaire clandestin de Cracovie. Son ordination sacerdotale survient à Cracovie le 1er novembre 1946. Le 4 juillet 1958, Pie XII le nomme Evêque auxiliaire de Cracovie. Le 16 octobre 1978, il est élu pour succéder à Jean-Paul I.. Depuis de début de son pontificat, le pape Jean-Paul II a entrepris un nombre inégalé de voyages et de rencontres officiels.

Karol Józef Wojtyła, who became John Paul II when elected to the Papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small town 50 km from Cracow on 18 May 1920. Feeling that he had been called to the priesthood, he began in 1942 his training at the clandestine seminary in Cracow. He was ordained a priest in the city on 1 November 1946. On 4 July 1958, Pope Pius XII appointed him auxiliary Bishop of Cracow, and on 16 October 1978 he was elected John Paul I's successor. During his pontificate, John Paul II has made an unprecedented number of official journeys and visits.