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Late Pope's House To Be Museum

The house in southern Poland where the late Pope John Paul II was born nearly 86 years ago hasbeen bought by a Polish businessman and donated to the Roman Catholic Church.

"The House at 7 Koscielna Street in Wadowice where John paul II was born was transferred today, March 31, 2006 to the Krakow Archdiocese by the Ryszard Krauze Foundation," the Archdiocese said in a statement.

The donation of the house comes as ceremonies were to be held around the world at the weekend to mark the first anniversary of john Paul's death, including in Krakow, where he long served as Archbishop before being elected pontiff in 1978.

Owner of a software company and one of Poland's richest businessman, Ryszard Krauze, bought the house from an American, who inherited if from his Polish Jewish ancestors.

The house will continue to house a museum to John Paul, which was the wish of its seller, Ron Balamuth, said the Archdiocese.

Daily Visitors

The museum, where the late pope was born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 , attracts some 5,000 visitors daily, to see its collection of objects belongings o him and his family.
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