GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Poland native and Colorado resident Waclaw Topor didn’t need a camera to capture the 1972 visit of Blessed Pope John Paul II — then Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla — to his small Polish village, the day he was an altar boy for the soon-to-be saint. He says it was a day he’s not about to forget.
The picture lives on instant recall in the mind of 58-year-old Topor, a resident of the Centennial State for 23 years, as vivid as it was the day he experience it in person. Even more than 30 years before the saintly pope’s death, Topor remembers it was clear that John Paul had eclipsed the faith of the common man.
The village of 2,200 people, Szaflary, on the south side of...READ MORE