by Filip Mazurczak, Register Correspondent Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 6:15 AM
SAINTLY LIFE. The church containing a reliquary with St. John Paul II’s blood and a statue of the Polish pontiff are included in the Washington shrine dedicated to the life of John Paul II. Filip Mazurczak photo
The St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington is a moving tribute to a pope whose great impact on the Church and the world cannot be understated.
Eleven years after his death, Pope St. John Paul II continues to inspire millions of Catholics. Without a doubt, the best way to experience his legacy is by traveling to Krakow, the archdiocese he led for 14 years, as well as to his nearby hometown of Wadowice, which features a fine museum in the house where the future pope was born.
But those looking to learn about the Polish pope closer to home can make a stop at the shrine in America’s capital.
Open since October 2014, the shrine is a perfect place to celebrate the sacraments in the presence of the canonized pope’s relics, pray through his intercession and learn about his life and legacy.