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With his mother, Emilia Kaczorowska Wojtyla. She died when he was 9 years old from heart problems. She had lost a daughter six year s before Karol was born and never fully recovered. His father and brother both died by the time he was 20, making him a virtual orphan. The Pope said in an interview, “At 20 I had already lost all the people I loved…. God was in a way preparing me for what would happen.”

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