Pope museum

WADOWICE, Poland - A new museum in Poland is offering viewers a chance to see what it's like to walk in the shoes of a saint - or at least to have a look at the black socks he wore for the journey.

With the late Pope John Paul II's elevation to sainthood set for later this month, his hometown of Wadowice is celebrating with the grand opening of a $8.5 million multimedia facility to show the faithful about his steps in life.

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The museum is in the southern city of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla was born on

May 18, 1920. It documents John Paul's life from his youth as the son of an army officer, to priesthood and through the 26-year papacy that led to sainthood.

The museum features personal items like the sneakers and socks that the Rev. Wojtyla used in his kayaking and trekking excursions.

Also included is the Browning HP 9mm handgun which Mehmet Ali Agca used in attempting to assassinate the pope

May 13, 1981. Beside the gun is a photo of the pope meeting Agca in prison to bestow forgiveness, and a replica of the bullet that injured the pontiff.

Airline miles


KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - A suburban Philadelphia casino has partnered with US Airways on a promotion that will allow gamblers to earn airline miles.

Valley Forge Casino Resort says guests will be able to use their player points on airline tickets through US Airways' frequent flyer program.

Qatar Airways

in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Qatar Airways has begun nonstop daily flights from Philadelphia to Doha, capital of Qatar in the southern Arabian Gulf region of the Middle East.

The city is the fifth in the United States served by the airline, which serves more than 120 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and South America.

Philadelphia political and business leaders have hailed the service

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