Pope John Paul 2 Exhibit at Gateway Mall

poster of the exhibit

The Diocese of Cubao in cooperation with SMART Araneta, Gateway Mall kicked off the commemoration of the feasts day of Blessed John Paul II with the launch of a relic , famous quotations by the Pope and a photo exhibit at the

3rd levrl Gateway Mall within Araneta Center Cubao in Quezon City from October 9 to 21, 2011. There will be a holy mass to be celebrated on October 29, 2011-feast day of the Pope.

Gateway Mall within Araneta Center in Cubao


Photograph collection of Bishop Honesto Ongtico with Pope John Paul 2

The exhibit, dubbed “Beatus: Embracing the Holiness of John Paul II,” is the start of a three-week celebration that is the Philippine Church’s contribution to the worldwide remembrance of the life and words of the recently beatified pontiff.


Pope John Paul -Papal Seal


picture of Pope John Paul 2

Corporal used by Pope John Paul 2


collection of Pope John Paul 2 first class relics and replicas of the materials used in his state visit to the country

The relics on display include the pope’s blood in a container called a “Theca,” his pectoral cross, Episcopal ring, chasuble, chair, rosary, papal medal, a piece of his papal cassock, a piece of brick that was part of the “Holy Door” in Year 2000, a piece of linen from the sheet of his deathbed in April 2005,  a replica of chalice used during a Mass in one of his pastoral

chair used during the pontiff 1981 visit in Araneta Center
visits, and the papal chair used as the pontiff addressed professionals at the Big Dome on February 18, 1981 , Our Lady of Loretto image that  was blessed by the pope when he came to the country.

Our Lady Of Loretto

The beloved pontiff visited the country twice in  February 17 to 22 ,1981 and  January 12 to 16, 1995 and is fondly remembered by the Filipino faithful because of his innate charisma and the call to evangelize he imparted on both pastoral visits.

picture exhibit of Pope John Paul 2 wearing a Filipino salakot ( native hat)  on his 1981 visit to the Philippines

Pope John Paul’s Pontificate of almost 30 years was both long and of a historically incisive importance especially in the events that took place at the turn of the millennium. He was the pope who beatified the most number of saints, the “globe-trotter pope” and was primarily responsible for giving instant visibility to the Catholic Church. His sense of missionary responsibility took him to every corner of the earth and his ecumenical and inter-religious sensitivity endeared him to people of all faiths.

The Beatus exhibit is considered as one of the largest public collections of Pope John Paul II’s relics mounted in the country. The items come from the collections of the Loyola House of Studies, Carmelo Francisco Cortez, Dave Ceasar dela Cruz, the San Carlos Seminary, Araneta Center, Bishop Cirilo Almario , Bishop Honesto Ongkiko  and Ambassador Leonida  Vera former ambassador of the Philippines to the Holy See , among others.

Earlier on May 2011, Philippine Postal Corporation issued a commemorative 4 piece stamp and a souvenir sheet to commemorate the beatification of the Pope in Vatican.

Life

Blessed Pope John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City  from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005, at 84 years and 319 days of age. His was the second -longest documented pontificate, which lasted 26 years and 168 days; only Pope Pius IX (1846–1878) who served 31 years, has reigned longer. Pope John Paul II is the only Slavic or Polish  pope to date and was the first non-Italian Pope since Dutch Pope Adrian VI (1522–1523).

Karol Wojtyła pictures during his childhood

He was one of the most-traveled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. He spoke Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo- Croatian,  Latin aside from  his native Polish . As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 peopleand canonized 483 saints including our country’s first saint San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila  , more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the last five centuries. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011.

young cardinal

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in Wadowice and was the youngest of three children of Karol Wojtyła, a Polish and Emilia Kaczorowska, who is described as being of Lithuanian or Ukrianian  ancestry. His mother died on 13 April 1929, when he was eight years old. Karol’s elder sister, Olga, had died in infancy before his birth; thus, he grew close to his brother Edmund, who was 14 years his senior, and whom he nicknamed Mundek. However, Edmund’s work as a physician led to his death from scarlet fever, profoundly affecting Karol.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Blessed Pope John Paul II

Celebration of Holiness

Vatican decreed his feast day would be on October 22—the anniversary of the liturgical inauguration of his papacy in 1978.

The celebration will also be highlighted by a concert dubbed “Blessed: A Call to Holiness,” to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Pope had addressed professionals, catechists and the youth during his first pontifical visit to the Philippines on Feb. 18, 1981.

The vision of the organizer  will come full circle on October 29, 2011 with the free festive concert filled with music and inspiring testimonials to culminate a three-week celebration.

throngs of people from all walks of life visited the exhibit

Popular religious and inspirational hits will give more color to the celebration because at the concert,  People will also sing the song that united all the youth around the world, ‘Tell the World of His Love.”

Special tickets will be distributed for the October 29, 2011 .

Bibliography
  • Berry , Jason;  Gerald Renner (2004). Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Free Press. ISBN 0-7432-4441-9.
  •  Davies, Norman (2004). Rising ’44: The Battle for Warsaw. 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL: Viking Penguin.  ISBN 0-670-03284-0.
  • Duffy , Eamon (2006) . Saints and Sinners, a History of the Popes (Third ed.).  Yale University Press  . ISBN 0-300-11597-0.
  • Knopf Alfred S. (1994) . Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Holiness John Paul II. New York .1994. ISBN 0-679-44058-5
  • Maxwell-Stuart, P.G. (2006). Chronicle of the Popes: Trying to Come Full Circle. London: 1997, 2006 Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-28608-
  • Mercado,   Monina Allarey ( March 1981) Pope John Paul II in the Philippines, ( Vera-Reyes, Inc. and Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. Hong Kong )
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2 thoughts on “Pope John Paul 2 Exhibit at Gateway Mall

  1. after visiting pope’s relic i was diagnosed free from the 2 years nodule of the vocal cord,I was supposed to be operated this week for nodule removal, but miraculously I was healed by the LORD thru Pope John Paul intercession…

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