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04/26/2014 09:54 am ET Updated Apr 26, 2014

Old Pope John Paul II Photos: From Karol Wojtyla To John Paul The Great (PHOTOS)

The late Pope John Paul II is set to be canonized on Sunday April 27. He and Pope John XXIII will become the newest saints in a ceremony celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.

Before he was pope, though, John Paul II was Karol Wojtyla -- a Polish boy who would go on to become the second longest-serving pope in history and one of only a handful of popes to be informally given the title "the Great."

Here is a snapshot of young Karol's journey from youth to the world leader we know him as today:

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Pope John Paul II Through The Years
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