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A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & The Jewish People

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A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & The Jewish People

On View: September 10, 2012 - December 31, 2012

A Blessing to One Another is a multi-media exhibit of photos, videos and artifacts documenting the pontiff’s unique life long relationship with the Jewish People. In the course of his papacy, John Paul 11 shattered the chain of 2,000 years of painful history between Catholics and Jews, becoming the first pope ever to visit a synagogue, the first pope to officially recognize the State of Israel and the first pope to formally engage in the act of repentance for the Catholic Church’s historical treatment of the Jews. This interactive experience that allows visitors to follow in John Paul II’s footsteps through the four major periods in the pope’s life: his childhood ; his years as a student in Krakow during World War II; his ministry as priest, bishop and cardinal; and his papacy. At the end you are invited to affirm this unique relationship by offering your own prayer at a replica of Jerusalem’s Western Wall.