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His Eminence Adam Stefan Sapieha
Cardinal, Archbishop of Kraków
Appointed18 February 1946
Enthroned18 February 1946
Reign ended21 July 1951
PredecessorJan Puzyna de Kosielsko
SuccessorEugeniusz Baziak (apostolic administrator)
Other postsCardinal-Priest of S. Maria Nuova
Ordination1 October 1893
Consecration17 December 1911
by Pope Pius X
Created Cardinal18 February 1946
Personal details
Birth namePrince Adam Stefan Stanisław Bonfatiusz Józef Sapieha
Born14 May 1867(1867-05-14)
Krasiczyn, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, Austrian Empire (now in Poland)
Died21 July 1951(1951-07-21) (aged 84)
Kraków, Poland
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsAdam Stanisław Sapieha-Kodenski
Jadwiga Klementyna Sanguszko-Lubartowicza
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Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Adam Stefan Stanisław Bonfatiusz Józef Sapieha (14 May 186723 July 1951) was a Polish Roman Catholic Church priest and Cardinal. He was a mentor[1] and patron[2] 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.[2] In 1963, Father Wojtyła became the Auxiliary Bishop in Kraków.[3]


He was created a Cardinal in 1946.[4]

He died on 23 July 1951, at the age of 84.[5] Cardinal Sapieha is buried in the castle of Wawel (in Kraków).


  1. Steinfels, Margaret O'Brien. "The Outsider," New York Times. May 14, 1995; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McFadden, Robert D. "All-Embracing Man of Action for a New Era of Papacy," New York Times. April 3, 2005; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  3. Szulc, Tad. "Homecoming for the Pope," New York Times. May 27, 1979; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  4. "List of New Cardinals," New York Timess. January 17, 1946; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  5. "Requiem for Cardinal Sapieha," New York Times. August 13, 1951; retrieved 2011-10-28.

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