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October 21, 2020

Bucharest hosts Saint Pope John Paul II relic procession

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest organised on Sunday a procession with the relic of Saint Pope John Paul II.

Declared Saint on April 27, 2014, by Pope Francis, John Paul II entered the Catholic Church calendar, his liturgical commemoration being set for October 22 of each year.

According to a press release of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest sent to AGERPRES, after a moment of prayer, at the monument of Saint Paul II, located near the Apostolic Nunciature of Bucharest, believers, monks and nuns, ministrants and priests went to Saint Joseph Cathedral bearing in procession the icon and relic of the Holy Pope.

The Holy Liturgy is celebrated at Saint Joseph Cathedral, presided by Archbishop of Bucharest Ioan Robu.

The monument of Saint Pope John Paul II was placed at the crossroads of Schitu Magureanu Avenue and Painter C. Stahi Street, at the initiative of the Apostolic Nunciature of Romania, in collaboration with the Bucharest City Hall, in remembrance of the historic visit Pope Iohn Paul II paid to Romania in 1999, the first visit of a Pope to a mostly Orthodox country. Unveiled on August 1, 2011, the monument is the work in bronze of Slovenian sculptor of Bosnian descent Mirsad Begic.

The relic of Saint Pope John Paul II, to be carried in a reliquary in a procession on the streets of Bucharest, consists of a few drops of blood of the Pope and was awarded to the Saint Joseph Cathedral of Bucharest on May 19, 2011, by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, former personal secretary of the Holy Pope, the release also informs.

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