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Prince Adam Stefan Sapieha
Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Nuova
Appointed February 18, 1946
Enthroned February 18, 1946
Reign ended July 21, 1951
Predecessor Enrico Sibilia
Successor Joseph Wendel
Other posts Archbishop of Kraków (1925 - 1946); Bishop of Kraków (1911 - 1925)
Ordination October 1, 1893
by Jan Maurycy Pawel Puzyna de Kosielsko
Consecration December 17, 1911
by Pope Pius X
Created Cardinal February 18, 1946
Personal details
Birth name Prince Adam Stefan Stanisław Bonfatiusz Józef Sapieha
Born (1867-05-14)May 14, 1867
Krasiczyn, Poland
Died July 21, 1951(1951-07-21) (aged 84)
Kraków, Poland
Nationality Polish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Adam Stanisław Sapieha-Kodenski
Jadwiga Klementyna Sanguszko-Lubartowicza
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Adam Stefan Stanisław Bonfatiusz Józef Sapieha (14 May 186723 July 1951) was a Polish Roman Catholic Church priest and Cardinal. He was a mentor and patron of Pope John Paul II.

Early life

Sapieha was born in 1867 in the castle of Krasiczyn. He was the youngest of the seven children of Prince Adam Stanisław Sapieha-Kodenski.


Sapieha was ordained a priest in 1893.


Sapieha was named Bishop of the diocese of Kraków in 1911.

After the Nazi invasion of Poland, Sapieha operate the seminary in secret. Among the students was Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II. Wojtyła lived in Sepieha's basement. In 1963, Father Wojtyła became the Auxiliary Bishop in Kraków.


He was created a Cardinal in 1946.

He died on 23 July 1951, at the age of 84. Cardinal Sapieha is buried in the castle of Wawel (in Kraków).

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