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Pope museum inaugurated

The newly inaugurated Pope John Paul II museum of Life and Love at the PJPII tower at the Bacolod City Reclamation area features two objects directly connected to the late pope, Bishop Vicente Navarra said yesterday.

Navarra led the inauguration of the museum together with Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and several papal awardees.

The inauguration coincided with the 30th year commemoration of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Bacolod City on February 20, 1981 where he was welcomed by thousands of Catholics.

Among the objects visitors could see at the museum is the copy of the speech delivered by his Holiness before the Negrenses which is located near the elevator at the ground floor of the PJPII tower, Navarra said.

Another item featured in the museum is the alb used by Pope John Paul II when he said mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral and now displayed on a mannequin, who looks like him, at the third floor of the tower, Navarra also said.

He stressed that the museum and the items featured in the museum are constant reminders that the late pope once stepped on the soil of the province.

Leonardia, who was the tourism officer of Negros Occidental during the Pope’s visit, brought his identification cards accredited for the papal visit and donated them to the museum.

The occasion yesterday also served as invitation to all for another gathering at the museum this May 1 when the late Pope John Paul II will be beatified by Pope Benedict XVI, Navarra said.

Navarra also led the mass at 10 a.m. yesterday for the launching of the pilgrimage of life which will start on March 1 in eight different shrines in Bacolod.*APN         

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