Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Washington DC

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  • We were told about this place which is just across the road from the Basilica. I was blown away by the mozaic work. It was modern, clever use of materials in mozaic work and well worth the visit. Furt...  more »
  • A must go to for all Catholics and beyond. beautiful chapel and exhibits - so moving to be able to be near john Paul's blood relic everyone should visit this beautiful shrine you will love it  more »
  • We loved this Shrine. We learned so much about our beloved Saint John Paul II.. we can't wait until this Shrine is expanded. Loved it!!  more »
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  • Amazing museum. I loved it. I am from Brazil and there a lot of people loves Joao Paulo and your actions in the world.
  • This was an amazing museum experience! The exhibits that chronicle JPII's life were superb and of the finest quality. Anyone who lived during JPII's papacy will be especially interested. It gives you a wider perspective, and I know that I have a larger respect for him and what he was able to accomplish in his lifetime.
  • Came here on a Pilgrimage with my Knights of Columbus Council. Very well put together. Simple yet very informative and powerful. Have recommended that my Council visits on a yearly basis.
  • Beautiful shrine with one of a kind mosaics in the main church and side chapel, really like no other church I've seen. The exhibit on St Thomas More was very interesting, and the permanent exhibit on JP II moved me to tears. Well worth a visit.
  • +JMJ Frequent visits, starting from the opening of this facility constructed to give witness to the life of Pope Saint John Paul II, who was first a devout Christian, then a conscientious, interactive, non-politically correct priest, bishop, cardinal and then a charismatic, Holy Spirit filled and guided Pope of the universal Roman Catholic Church and all people of goodwill, were always inspiring. The initial intention, I believe, was to give the faithful (and even the unChurched) an opportunity to look into the mind and heart of the Church founded by Jesus Christ to give guidance and witness to the expectation of love for and service to God and man. There were at one time interactive programs, videos on the life of Pope John Paul II, and the history of the struggles with persecution of the Church (the people) in Poland, and a little museum which displayed artifacts belonging to the Pope. There were even seasonal exhibits which displayed art from around the world. However, as with other faith-related matters, the novelty wore off and the facility became a deserted building struggling to maintain its existence. Regrettably, not even with the canonization of this beloved Pope, did the Catholic populace rally to support the efforts of education and evangelization. Yet, the dream did not die. The Knights of Columbus organization stepped into the breach trying to breathe Catholic life back into a memorial for an incredible Christian leader. My last visit, before I moved to AZ, was to a building closed to activity, but that didn't diminish my great admiration for what had been intended to be a great memorial to a humble, yet great Servant of the Servants of God, Pope Saint John Paul II. PS...just read some of the posted reviews. Sure wish that I had been able to visit the Shrine after the Knights of Columbus organization stepped in to rejuvenate the Shrine's mission. Well, I do cherish my spiritually rich past visits to the Shrine's little Chapel, and other areas of the Shrine which has just been enriched even more by my reading of the reviews of others.

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