Tuesday, October 2, 2012

PPJP2 We Love You!

I can still remember people chanting this phrase during the Pope's last visit to Manila in 1995 for the World Youth Day. My family and I are in UST hoping to catch a glimpse of Christendom's beloved Pope. And although we were not able to see him up close, just the thought that he is within the area made us feel contented, special and blessed.

This is the nostalgia going through my head as I was browsing the items exhibited at the Blessed Pope John Paul II Parish in Eastwood City (formerly known as the Holy Family Chapel).

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Who is Pope John Paul II?

I remember in grade school, the Pope's real name came up as an item in the exam and I didn't know it...but ever since then, when I knew of the answer I have never forgotten it...

John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła on 18 May 1920 in Wadowice, Republic of Poland and died on 2 April 2005 in Vatican City. He reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was the second-longest serving Pope in history and the first non-Italian since 1523.

John Paul II was acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. He was instrumental in ending communism in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. Though criticised by progressives for upholding the Church's teachings against artificial contraception and the ordination of women, and by traditionalists for his support of the Church's Second Vatican Council and its reform, he was also widely praised for his firm, orthodox Catholic stances.

He was one of the most-travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 people and canonised 483 saints, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. He named most of the present College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world's past and current bishops, and ordained many priests. A key goal of his papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. His wish was "to place his Church at the heart of a new religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians in a great [religious] armada". On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011. (Taken From Pope John Paul II)

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From chapel to Parish

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The newly cleaned and gold leafed altar of the Parish

The Exhibit Pieces: Relics of PPJP2, a collection of personal mementos

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The Pope Mobile

The pope is no superhero, without super powers or martial arts skills, but he has his own mobile, the Pope Mobile!

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The Pope Mobile parked outside the Parish

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The license plate of the Pope Mobile.

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The Pope Mobile, front

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The Pope Mobile, side and back

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The Pope Mobile: where the Pope used to seat

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