, of Philadelphia, an adjunct professor at Gratz College
, began a close acquaintance with the pope when he
responded to a letter she
wrote in 1979, weeks after his
election as the first Polish pope.They met several times, and she
wrote "Building Bridges," about their childhoods outside Krakow, Poland, and their different paths, which did not cross until old age.
entered and survived the Holocaust," Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore told a gathering at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
in Washington, D.C., marking the release of the third edition of "Building Bridges."Keeler recalled how Allen-Shore
masqueraded as a Catholic in her
native Poland during World War II, vowing to devote herself to "building bridges" if she
The new edition of "Building Bridges" includes a note John Paul wrote when the first edition was published, saying, "Thank you for seeing deep into my thoughts and understanding the intentions guiding my actions," and praising Allen-Shore
for writing "with heart."