Karol Wojytla, the man who would be known to history as John Paul II, is almost the antithesis of a willow-the-wisp like Justin Trudeau. Karol’s character was forged in the fire of suffering, elevated and perfect by the grace of God, to which he corresponded from his youth. Even his obvious intellectual and spiritual stature had its roots in his sheer physical capacity to work, taught to him, as he later admitted, pounding rocks in his youth under the Nazi regime in the stone quarry. Even in the two decades after what we quaintly call ‘retirement age’, people one third

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