Pope John Paul II will be declared saint on April 27, 2014. In Poland will be organized many public gatherings and ceremonies on this occasion. That’s also a great opportunity to remind JP II history & his childhood.
Wadowice – JP II birthplace, located around 50 kms from Krakow city center. This small village with lovely Old Town is a place where he was born. Right now you can visit Wojtyla’s museum located in his former family home. Karol Wojtyła’s family moved to the house in 1919 where they rented two rooms with a kitchen on the first floor. Karol Wojtyła was born in this house on 18 May 1920. After his mother’s death on 13 April 1929 Karol and his father occupied only one smaller room and the kitchen. Karol Wojtyła lived in this house until 1938 when he moved with his father to Krakow where he enrolled Uniwersytet Jagiellonski.
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – small village located next to Wadowice, which JP II often visited during his childhood. Monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was at the monastery of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska that Pope John Paul II repeated the words of his motto:
“Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria.” (“I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart”).
Krakow: Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy which JP II often visited and strongly supported, Bishop’s Palace where he finally lived in Krakow and many more places where you can find his traces.
KrakowShuttle invites you for a JP II Heritage Tour — organized every day.