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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Let them eat cream cakes!

A very brief but interesting stopover along this bus journey was the tiny town of Wadowice (pronounced Wadowitza)

Born in this little town, was one of the most charismatic leaders of the 21st Century– Pope John Paul II, who passed away on April 2, 2005. Karol Jozef Wojtyla, as he was known, was born on 15th May, 1920 during a small window of time when Poland was independent that soon ended with the Nazi invasion. The Main Square called the ‘Pope John Paul II square’ commemorates Wadowice’s most famous citizen. Elderly people in this town remember him as a youngster in school and a parish priest who reached out to everyone and stood up to Nazi and Communist rule in Poland.

The pastry shops in this square sell Pope John Paul Cream Cakes as there is a little legend as to how the Pope celebrated the completion of his school exams by treating himself to cream cakes! [source]

What a great idea! From now on I will be certain to celebrate the completion of grading exams by having cream cakes. Though, I'm not really sure what the Holy Father ate - I'm sure that a nice cupcake or one of those banana flavored snacks with the cream filling. Yummy!

Just think of it, from now on I can both enjoy tasty treats and emulate the saints at the same time! Chalk up another benefit to being Catholic.


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