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Relic of Pope John Paul II Venerated in New Haven on Day of Canonization


Pope John Paul II

A relic of Blessed John Paul II was available for the veneration of the public at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven during a prayer service on Sunday, April 27, the day of the canonization of John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII.

“These two saints have each left very important legacies for the Church, and important examples of holiness for all of us,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Pope John XXIII led the Church into the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II served as its key interpreter, leaving the Church a profound legacy that continues to shape the third millennium of Christianity.”

Following the prayer service at St. Stanislaus, there was a procession with the relic along State Street to the Knights of Columbus Museum, where it was available for veneration. The relic, a fragment of the pope’s bloodstained cassock from the May 13, 1981, attempt on his life in St. Peter’s Square, is normally housed at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., which is also operated by the Knights of Columbus.

Events on the day of canonization at the Knights’ New Haven museum included video presentations on the lives of the two new saints and children’s activities. The museum’s Papal Gallery, which traces the papacy throughout the Catholic fraternal organization’s 132-year history, was also open.

Retired Hartford Archbishop Daniel Cronin presented, “Personal Memories of Two Pope Saints” at the Knights of Columbus Museum on Monday, April 28.