NEW ORLEANS A new exhibit about the life of Pope John Paul II is coming to New Orleans next year, officials with the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Friday.
The exhibit, called 'I Have Come to You Again: Blessed John Paul II' will be housed at Notre Dame Seminary on S. Carrollton Avenue.
It will focus on the life of the late Pope, showing more than 100 artifacts, including photographs and keepsakes from his childhood through his time as Holy Father.
The artifacts will come from the Pope John Paul II Center in Krakow, Poland and from the Vatican collections. Archbishop Gregory Aymond said a first-class relic will also be displayed: a vial of blood from John Paul II.
'It's an opportunity for us to let John Paul II speak to us through these articles, to remind us of his love of God, his great love of the church, his being a great shepherd for us,' said Archbishop Aymond. 'We will have these articles that will be his presence among us.'
The exhibit will be divided into four sections: the childhood and adolescence of young Karol Wojtyla; his years as a laborer, priest, Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal in his native Poland; his years as Pope; a reflection of the time from death through his beatification.
Organizers say the exhibit is the first of its kind in the United States.
The exhibit will be in New Orleans February through April 2013.
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