Young Polish priest Father Karol Wojtyla lived at the Pontifical Belgian College in Rome from 1946 to 1948 while he was doing his doctoral studies at the Angelicum.
There he met Monsignor Joseph Cardijn who also stayed at the college during his regular trips to meet Vatican officials and the Pope.
“Karol Wojtyla was very interested in this pastoral movement aimed at young workers. He was very interested in bringing this experience to Poland, especially when he became a bishop,” says Father Dirk Smet, who is the current rector of the College.
The first residence of Karol Wojtyla in Rome (Rome Reports)