Pope's Family House up for Sale
The modest house in the southern Polish town
of Wadowice, where the Late Pope John Paul II was
born has been put up for sale for one million US
dollars. The house holds many artifacts and family
heirlooms of Karol Wojtyla and his family. The Polish
Roman Catholic church as well as the Polish Jewish
community are interested in buying the property.
Wojtyla was born in the southern Polish town of Wadowice
in 1920. He and his family had a small modest house
there. Currently his home is the Museum of the Holy
Father Family House. Over 5000 visitors walk through
the house each year and browse through a collection
of objects which once belonged to the Wojtyla family.
There are also memorabilia relating to the papacy.
Jesuit priest Father Adam Zak still remembers the many
times he visited Karol Wojtlya's house. Each visit
brought about new exciting surprises.
For Polish people,
the Wojtyla family house is more than than just a Museum,
it's a reflection of just how great a man the Holy
Father actually was. The Polish Episcopate is interested
in buying the property, but finds the asking price
rather steep. The Jewish community in Poland is also
thinking about buying the property but with the intention
of donating it back to the Church as a means of Polish-Jewish
reconciliation. Piotr Kadlick President of the Union
of Jewish communities in Poland thinks that such a
gesture of goodwill should be considered by the entire
Jewish community worldwide. Both members from the Roman
Catholic Church and the Jewish community in Poland
believe that such a joint venture could prove promising
in bringing the two faiths closer together.