Blessed John Paul II Shrine
The Knights of Columbus is developing what will soon become the most important shrine to Blessed John Paul II in the Western Hemisphere, located a short distance from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
The cause for Father McGivney was opened during the pontificate of John Paul II — who encouraged devotion to our founder. This is just one of the many ways in which the Knights of Columbus was closely linked with Pope John Paul II. This close tie continues today with our development of what will soon become the most important Shrine to Blessed John Paul II in the Western Hemisphere.
This beautiful facility is just a short walk from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Our shrine will be a special place of prayer and devotion. It will also include the most important museum in the Western Hemisphere on his life and papacy. But it will be much more than that. It will become a center for the study and promotion of his legacy — a New Evangelization that seeks to build a new civilization of love.
Each year, 18 million tourists visit Washington, D.C., and 1.8 million of them are international visitors.
The new Blessed John Paul II Shrine affords us an unparalleled opportunity to reach a huge and diverse audience. For Catholic families, it will be a chance to provide their children with an exciting education about the role their faith has played in history and why it is so important today. It will offer them a chance to learn more about the life and thoughts of one of the greatest popes in the 2,000 year history of our Church.