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Museum to Pope John Paul II re-opens in Wadowice

PM Donald Tusk attended the re-opening of the home of John Paul II, now a museum, in Wadowice, southern Poland, Wednesday, ahead of the Polish Pope’s canonization on 27 April.
  
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From left: Wadowice mayor Ewa Filipiak, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, PM Tusk i culture minister Bogdan Zdrojewski,cut the ribbon opening the New John Paul II Museum: photo – PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk

Also attending the opening ceremony on Wednesday were Father Dariusz Raś, the director of the museum, culture minister Bogdan Zdrojewski and Archbishop of Krakow Stanislaw Dziwisz, a long-time aid to John Paul II until he died on 2 April 2005.

The museum, now with multimedia exhibits, was closed almost four years ago for an extensive refit at a cost of over 6 million euros.

“Pope John Paul II continues to speak to millions of Christians around the world,” Stanislaw Dziwisz said at a special mass at the Basilica of St Mary in Wadowice before the official opening ceremony, adding that the Polish Pope’s “holiness will be confirmed by Pope Francis in 17 days time”.

John Paul II will be made a saint with John XXIII in a double canonization ceremony in the Vatican.

 

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President Komorowski and First Lady Anna at JP II Museum, Wednesday: photo – PAP

Earlier, President Bronislaw Komowoski and First Lady Anna were taken on a tour of the new permanent exhibition in the building where John Paul II, then Karol Wojtyła was born on 18 May 1920 and where he lived till he went to the Jagiellonian University in Krakow in 1938.

Among the new exhibits at the museum is the pistol used by Turk Mehmet Ali Ağca when he tried to assassinate the pontiff in May 1981.

 

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photo – PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk

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Pope John Paul II on ‘fast track’ to Sainthood

KRAKOW TOURS – The process leading to sainthood for late Polish pope John Paul II has recently been accelerated, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said on Saturday after talks with Pope Benedict XVI.

“We expressed our hope for a continuation of the process and the latest signals show that this process has been recently speeded up,” Komorowski told reporters after the talks on the 32nd anniversary of John Paul II’s election.

Komorowski also attended a mass in honour of John Paul II in the Vatican.

Italian daily Il Giornale this week reported that initial medical confirmation of John Paul II’s first miracle — a vital step towards beatification and eventual canonisation — could come “in the next few weeks.”

A spokesman for the Vatican declined to comment on the report.

There had been speculation in Poland earlier this year that Saturday’s anniversary could see the beatification of John Paul II — the first step toward formal recognition as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

The procedure leading up to sainthood usually takes many years.

Benedict also congratulated Komorowski ahead of the canonisation of Stanislaw Soltys, a 15th-century Polish priest who is to be recognised as saint at a ceremony on Sunday with five others including Australia’s first saint.

“Tomorrow Poland will have a new saint,” Benedict told the president.

Komorowski is set to attend the ceremony on Sunday on the square in front of Saint Peter’s basilica where around 50,000 faithful are expected.

The two leaders also discussed collaboration between church and state “for the common good,” as well as European affairs, the Vatican said.

Komorowski said he also informed Benedict about Poland’s reconciliation with Germany and about the “dialogue to bring about reconciliation with Russia too.”

He said the dialogue with Russia “will be long and difficult but possible and the Holy See is obviously looking on it with favour.”

 

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The Polish Pope – The Musical

KRAKOW TOURS – Elvis Presley, Eva Peron, Buddy Holly have all had one. Now, so too, does Pope John Paul II: a musical dedicated to his life.

Actually entitled Non Abbiate Paura, or Don’t Be Scared, this show, like the others, is bustling with show-stopping songs, dance routines and drama. It is an attempt to cram the 84 years of his life into two hours.

The musical was written by two priests, one who wrote the script, the other who crafted the songs.

Father Joseph Spedicato is the wordsmith.

He says he took his inspiration from the teachings of the Pope and from at least six meetings with him.

“Writing a musical on Pope John Paul II represents the highest, most sublime honour,” he says. “He was the Pope who managed to tear down barriers, to reach out to people and who was a pilgrim of the world.”

The show voyages from the youth of the then Karol Wojtyla, under Nazi rule in Poland, to his triumphant election as Pontiff, and through his 26 years as head of the Catholic Church.

Playing him is the young actor Simone Sibillano.

He does not look like the Pope and it is not meant to be an impersonation, but Simone does feel connected to his subject.

“I am a very spiritual person,” he says. “The Pope was very special to young people like myself. The production will be received in many ways. Some will criticise, but some will applaud and all we can do is our best to capture his essence.”

Eighteen songs cover the many episodes of the Pope’s career, though controversial subjects like his views on abortion and contraception are sidestepped.

The spectacular even includes rap music and young women bounding around in gossamer-thin white costumes.

It is deeply respectful and although there are a few artistic licences taken in the name of brevity and clarity, it remains faithful to the story.

But is it just for Catholics?

“Oh no,” insists the director Gianluca Ferrato. “It is for men, women, black people, white people, for everyone. This is a universal message.”

There are many Catholics and non-Catholics who believe Pope John Paul II changed the world. Just remember the three million people who queued for up to 12 hours to pay their respects after his death in 2005. He’s already been described as the rock-star Pope, so popular was he with young people.

Since his death there have been books, films, even T-shirts. Well, now comes the musical. The ultimate accolade, perhaps, for someone who left an overwhelmingly positive legacy.

KRAKOW TOURS offers tours following in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, from his birthplace in Wadowice through his time spent as Archbishop of Krakow and finally to his returns to Krakow as Pope. Email us for more information

Original at BBC Online

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