He was known and respected by both learned and the simple, the well-to-do and the lowly. He was a champion of the weak and marginalized, and the world came together in mourning at his death, April 2, 2005. Now, in honor of his May 1 beatification, the Knights of Columbus Museum presents “Blessed: A Tribute to John Paul II.”
To recall and celebrate Pope John Paul II’s life and legacy, the April 2–June 30 exhibition will feature some personal effects of the late pontiff, as well as mementos of his apostolic journeys to North America.
The exhibition will also include a selection of paintings by Italian artist Franceso Guadagnuolo (b. 1956). The works, which were on exhibition at the Vatican as part of a 2010 symposium by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, reflect on John Paul’s courageous and faithful witness during his infirmities at the end of his pontificate.
A video presentation on the pope’s long and close relationship with the Knights of Columbus is also a part of the exhibit.
Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, who coordinated World Youth Day in Toronto (2002), presented two free lectures on the pope’s life:
The Great Laboratories of Faith: World Youth Days in the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II
The Suffering and Death of a Shepherd: What Pope John Paul II taught us in the end.