Poland: New museum celebrates John Paul II

School children are looking at souvenirs of Pope John Paul II in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland.
School children are looking at souvenirs of Pope John Paul II in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland.
Czarek Sokolowski / AP

A new museum in Poland is offering viewers a chance to see what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a saint — or at least to have a look at the black socks he wore for the journey. With the late Pope John Paul II’s elevation to sainthood set for next weekend, Wadowice — where Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 — is celebrating with an $8.5 million multimedia facility to show the faithful about his steps in life. It documents John Paul’s life from his youth as the son of an army officer, to priesthood and through the 26-year papacy that led to sainthood. The museum features personal items like the sneakers and socks that the Rev. Wojtyla used in his kayaking and trekking excursions, family photos and the kneeler on which he prayed as a boy and teenager.

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