Karol Wojtyla: ordained 75 years ago

On All Saints’ Day 1946, the future St. John Paul II was ordained a priest in the private chapel of the archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Adam Sapieha, who had just been elevated to the sacred college earlier that year. John Paul’s priesthood, begun just after World War II, was born in brutal suffering. And as Stalinism was replacing Hitlerism in Krakow, it was more likely that he would be crushed by history than live to change it.