Karol Wojtyla (top right, in black coat) was to be the youngest pope ordained in the 20th Century.
He grew up in the southern Polish village of Wadowice, the son of an army sergeant. He had a strict, devout upbringing. His mother and brother died before he was 14.
As a young man he enjoyed sports, including soccer and skiing, and had a love of acting and the theatre. He was still a teenager in 1939 when German tanks invaded Poland.