Crux Now: 8 must-see John Paul II sites in Poland

Poland, a nation that wars had once wiped off the map of Eastern Europe, is now highlighted on that map in the minds of Catholics and non-Catholics alike because one of its native sons became one of the longest reigning and most charismatic popes in history.

It was inevitable that the pope who came from behind the Iron Curtain, and who played an indispensable role in the fall of that Curtain, would put Poland in a global spotlight.

Even before John Paul II’s canonization, various sites in his homeland had become places of pilgrimage. Now that he is officially recognized as a saint, these sites have taken on a particular spiritual significance.

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