22 October: saint of the day, name day


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The Saint of the day 22 October is Saint John Paul II, which name day is celebrated and other saints who are celebrated on this date.


St. John Paul II

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, a town in Poland located about fifty kilometers from Krakow.

He was the youngest of the three children of the couple Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska, who died in 1929.


His older brother Edmund, who practiced the profession of doctor, passed away in 1932, while his father, a non-commissioned officer in the army, died in 1941.

Sister Olga had died before he was even born.

He was baptized on 20 June 1920 at the parish church of Wadowice, at 9 years old he received First Communion and at 18 years of age the sacrament of Confirmation.


In 1938, after finishing his studies at the Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

When the university was closed by the Nazis in 1939, the young Karol had to go to work first in a quarry and then at Solvay, a chemical factory, to earn a living, thus avoiding being deported to Germany.

In 1942, feeling the priestly vocation, he began to attend training courses at the underground seminary in Krakow, directed by the then archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha.


During the same period he was part of the unauthorized group that promoted the Rapsodico Theater.

After the war, he resumed his studies in the major seminary in Krakow, which had been reopened and in the Faculty of Theology of the Jagiellonian University.

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He was ordained a priest in Krakow on November 1, 1946, by Archbishop Sapieha.

Later he was sent to Rome, where he obtained his doctorate in theology in 1948, with a thesis focused on the works performed by San Giovanni della Croce.

At that time, while he was spending a holiday, he exercised the pastoral ministry among Polish emigrants to France, Belgium and Holland.

In 1948 he returned to Poland, dealing first with the parish of Niegowic and then with that of San Floriano.

He was chaplain of university students until 1951, the year in which he resumed his philosophical and theological studies.

He became professor of Moral Theology and Ethics in the major seminary of Krakow and in the Faculty of Theology of Lublin.

On July 4, 1958 he was nominated Bishop of Ombi and Auxiliary of Krakow by Pope Pius XII.


On January 13, 1964 he was appointed archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul VI, who made him cardinal in the consistory of June 26, 1967.

It played an important role in drafting the Gaudium et spes constitution of Vatican Council II.

Cardinal Wojtyła also participated in the five assemblies of the Synod of Bishops preceding his Pontificate.

He was elected Pope on 16 October 1978, taking the name of John Paul II and starting one of the longest pontificates in the history of the Catholic Church, which lasted just under 27 years.

John Paul II died in the Vatican on Saturday 2 April 2005.

Other saints and celebrations on 22 October

  • Sant ’Abercio di Geropoli
  • Bishop


  • San Benedetto
  • Hermit in Mezieres

  • San Donato di Fiesole
  • Bishop

  • Saints Philip and Hermes
  • Martyrs

  • San Leotaldo di Auch
  • Bishop

  • San Lupenzio
  • Abbot

  • Saint Mallone of Rouen
  • Bishop

  • Saint Mark of Jerusalem
  • Bishop

  • San Moderano di Berceto (Modanno di Rennes)
  • Bishop

  • Saints Nunilone and Alodia
  • Martyrs

    അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) October 22nd- Saint Pope John Paul II (March 2024)


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