When he was young, he had to overcome the death of his entire family, he worked in a factory while he studied for the priesthood in secrecy. These actions helped shape the personality of John Paul II, one of the most important people of the twentieth century and the history of the Catholic Church. He had the makings of an actor, but the arrival of war and Nazi occupation changed his plans.
John Paul II is without a doubt the pope who has broken the most records in the Churchs history. First, his pontificate is on the longest on record. He was the head of the Catholic Church for 26 years: only Pius IX and Saint Peters pontificates lasted longer than John Paul II.