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His principal documents include 14 encyclicals , 13 apostolic exhortations , 11 apostolic constitutions and 42 apostolic letters.
The Pope has also published three books : "Crossing the Threshold of Hope" (October 1994); "Gift and Mystery: On the 50th Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination" (November 1996) and "Roman Tryptych - Meditations", a book of poems (March 2003).
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His hometown had about 10,000 residents, roughly 8,000 Catholics and 2,000 Jews. A special love for the Jewish people took root in young Karol.
He was given a nickname by his friends, "Lolek." Karol was Baptized into Christ and His Church on June 20, 1920 by a Chaplain in the Polish Army, Fr. Karol was the son of a Polish Army Lieutenant also named Karol, a tailor by trade. He had an older brother named Edmund and sister named Olga. They rejected the growing anti-Semiticism among some Poles in that troubled time. It was demonstrated dramatically during his Papacy when he visited the Central Synagogue of Rome and condemned anti-Semitism "at any time and by anyone." It was prophetically proclaimed in actions upon his visit to Auschwitz to honor the victims of the Holocaust.
In 1942, aware of his call to the priesthood, he began courses in the clandestine seminary of Cracow, run by Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, archbishop of Cracow.
At the same time, Karol Wojtyla was one of the pioneers of the "Rhapsodic Theatre," also clandestine.
On January 13, 1964, he was nominated Archbishop of Cracow by Pope Paul VI, who made him a cardinal June 26, 1967.