Saturday, September 4, 2010

John Paul II Earns Mention In Jewish Museum

By Hugh J. McNichol

BALTIMORE, Maryland, SEPT. 3, 2010 ( An exhibit that opened this week at the Jewish Museum of Maryland explores the development of Pope John Paul II's personal, spiritual and pastoral link with the Jewish people, from his earliest boyhood experiences in Wadowice, Poland, until his final days as Pope.

The exhibition, titled “A Blessing to One Another,” invites visitors to experience the people, events and social influences that formed Karol Wojtyła's ideas and beliefs, which he ultimately shared with the world as John Paul II. The exhibit opened Thursday and continues through Dec. 26.

Cardinal William Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, who has been involved with the project from its earliest days, emphasized to ZENIT that the exhibition is "a marvelous experience of the faith of both the Jewish and Catholic peoples. In the exhibit, one can truly experience John Paul’s closeness to the Jewish people as both brothers in our monotheistic faith and the first respondents to the Word of God."

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