Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Traveling With Saint John Paul II

On October 22, the feast of Saint John Paul II, we celebrated by opening our new permanent exhibit.

Titled A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II, the exhibit invites pilgrims to explore nine galleries tracing the life, teachings, and legacy of the late Holy Father. The reflective journey consists of unique artifacts, audio-visual components, and engaging interactive displays.

Our interactive displays consist of the World Travels touchscreen seen above and the World Youth Day table seen below.

The World Travels touchscreen highlights the many trips and pilgrimages St. John Paul II made throughout his papacy. Through a six-screen timeline, visitors can learn details about the late Holy Father’s travels. They can see snapshots from his visits and read quotes from speeches he delivered across the globe. Pilgrims can also use a search tool in order to find out whether the great Saint made a trip to their own country.

The World Youth Day interactive table spans nine-feet, and it invites pilgrims to learn more about these international gatherings of young people. Visitors can explore cities where World Youth Days were held, and they can get a taste of what it was like to be a part of them by reflecting on images, videos and quotes.

It is impossible to grasp the universal impact that St. John Paul II had as he travelled the world, speaking to young and old alike. This amazing technology helps us convey much of it, though, and we are grateful that it can be a part of our visitors’ experiences.

St. John Paul II, Pray for Us!

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